Radiography market focuses on value in the COVID-19 era

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Radiography market focuses on value in the COVID-19 era

Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | November 23, 2020
From the November 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

“It brings simplified automation and consistency to the exams,” Fabrizio said.

The detector is also easily removable, which is not the case on most U-arms, according to Fabrizio.

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“It’s designed for very small spaces, small budgets and exceptional versatility,” Fabrizio said. “It’s also a great backup room for hospitals.”

In the fluoroscopy space, the company is releasing a new radiography and fluoroscopy system called the Persona R&F, which is pending FDA clearance. This new multi-use R&F Room system incorporates a 17-inch-by-17-inch DR detector and brings the added ability to perform general radiography imaging.

GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare’s new Thoracic Care Suite, which is available in select CE Mark countries but not yet in the U.S., includes a suite of eight AI algorithms that scan chest X-ray findings to alert radiologists to key findings, including consolidation, which could indicate COVID-19 pneumonia. The solution is a collaboration between GE Healthcare and Lunit.

The company also launched a patient live streaming video on its fixed radiography systems. Available on Definium 656 HD and 646 HD, both ceiling-mounted systems.

“We had a customer who originally thought it might not be a big deal, but later said it dramatically changed their workflow,” said Megan Riddle-Fulton, global product marketing director for fixed X-ray at GE Healthcare.

Other new releases include advanced applications for HD systems, such as VolumeRAD, a digital X-ray tomosythesis application for use with Definium 656 HD and some older systems. A hospital in Spain used the application to distinguish mild from severe respiratory issues in suspected COVID-19 cases.

Helix 2.0 is the newest iteration of image processing for the Definium 656 HD and 646 HD, and uses AI to improve brightness and contrast to deliver consistent images regardless of external factors such as metal artifacts or exam conditions, which assists the technologist’s post-processing workflow.

GE also released its X-ray Quality Application 2.0, which aggregates data from all scanners in a radiology department and documents exam quality and number of repeats and produces a report for the entire department.

Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta’s AeroRemote Insights tool provides information on productivity, user performance and system health, including image rejection rates, dose indicators and panel drops, in order to improve workflow, accuracy and uptime. The newest release is now compatible with Konica Minolta X-ray systems driven by the company’s Ultra acquisition software, including the KDR Advanced U-Arm System.

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