Fujifilm Medical Systems USA is rolling out several new systems at RSNA 2014, and it has also announced a PACS installation milestone.
First off, the firm said it is launching a new version of its FDR D-Evo digital radiography (DR) system. The detectors are 20% lighter than previous models and feature a magnesium alloy enclosure for improved durability.
The tapered edge of the detectors simplifies patient positioning, and FDR D-Evo II has an IPX-6 water resistant rating, according to Fuji. The entire detector is layered with antibacterial nanocoating to reduce colonization or bacterial growth. It also has an internal memory that stores up to 100 images with or without a live connection to the workstation.
The system has an improved circuitry design that increases detective quantum efficiency (DQE) performance by 20% with a 0.03-mR dose, Fuji said. It also has a redesigned docking stand and two-slot chargers that speed charging and display a remote ready light.
FDR D-Evo II is available in 24 x 30-cm, 14 x 17-inch, and 17 x 17-inch detector sizes. The new detectors will begin shipping in the U.S. in early 2015; the system is already available in Japan.
Fuji is also introducing an image processing tool called Virtual Grid, which adapts contrast to improve image quality for exams that are taken without a grid. Virtual Grid is designed for exams such as routine portable chest and abdomen studies that traditionally require high penetration; it recognizes and reduces scatter effect to generate higher-quality images, Fuji said.
The feature analyzes the image for scatter effect based on exam menu and selected parameters, and it offers automated and selectable grid ratios to further adapt image quality to site preferences, according to the company.
Finally, Fuji announced it has installed its 4,000th Synapse PACS.