Konica Minolta prepares to launch Aero DR upgrades
Article Thumbnail ImageNovember 21, 2012 -- Konica Minolta Medical Imaging USA plans to present a number of new offerings for its Aero DR wireless digital radiography (DR) flat-panel detectors at next week's 2012 RSNA meeting in Chicago.
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AeroSync x-ray exposure synchronization technology adds an autodetect mode to enable Aero DR panels to automatically detect x-ray exposure, according to the vendor. Image formation and storage follow automatically. A cable connection between the panel and x-ray generator is no longer necessary, Konica Minolta said.

Because of its wireless communication features, Aero DR upgraded with AeroSync can connect with most portable units, including existing analog portable x-ray systems that are not fitted with DR interfaces, the company said.

Konica Minolta will also present a new 10 x 12-inch version of Aero DR at the show. Equipped with an efficient cesium iodide scintillator, the compact detector is well-suited for pediatric applications, according to the firm.

In other RSNA new product news, Konica Minolta will debut autostitching capability for Aero DR. During autostitching, images are acquired by the fixed position of the x-ray tube, the automated movement of the Aero DR detector, and a specialized moving slit. It detects the upper and lower edge of the field-of-view, determines how many exposures are present, and moves the detector to capture the images, Konica Minolta said.

The exposure is ready in five seconds. Autostitched images are automatically transferred to a Konica Minolta CS-7 console where they appear in less than 18 seconds, according to the vendor.