ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 21— Carestream Health entered the radiography/fluoroscopy (R/F) market with two systems that deliver high-quality, cost-effective imaging: the CARESTREAM DRX-Excel and CARESTREAM DRX-Excel Plus. These systems can enhance workflow and perform contrast exams using fluoroscopy that can be associated with a radiography image, in addition to specialized contrast procedures that record both fluoroscopy and radiography sequences and interventional procedures.
Carestream's DRX-Excel systems are configured with a table and a tube in one system. An optional integrated flat panel detector produces high-resolution images for general radiography as well as fluoroscopic sequences. The DRX-Excel platform also is available as a conventional R/F system that uses either CR cassettes or DRX-1 detectors with an image intensifier.
"We are expanding our radiography leadership to include fluoroscopy, which is performed by many of the hospitals and imaging centers we serve," said Diana L. Nole, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream. "This is a natural extension for both our company and our customers, and enables healthcare providers to benefit from purchasing these systems from a single supplier with a strong reputation for outstanding service and support."
Both DRX-Excel systems offer a source-to-image detector distance of 180 cm, an ergonomic design and the ability to select an image intensifier for fluoroscopy or use the optional flat panel detector. The DRX-Excel Plus has an elevating table that tilts for fluoroscopy exams and can be lowered or raised to provide flexible, comfortable imaging for patients. Table weight capacity is 265 Kg (584 pounds). The DRX-Excel has a fixed table with a weight limit of up to 200 Kg (440 pounds) and has the tilt capability for fluoroscopy exams.
Both systems feature productivity-enhancing capabilities including a positioning pedal that allows the operator to have their hands free—which is helpful for interventional exams—and a remote control that can move the table from anywhere in the room. Other options include integration of a CARESTREAM DRX detector; four-way float top table movement; and the ability to stitch multiple images together for long-length exams.
These systems support Carestream's X-Factor approach, which enables a DRX detector to be shared among an R/F room and other DRX mobile or room-based radiography or R/F systems.
In the United States, only the DRX-Excel Plus model will be available. Both systems will be available in Europe, Asia, Latin America and other countries.
Carestream currently offers a wide range of diagnostic imaging systems to healthcare providers worldwide and the company recently began accepting orders for its new CARESTREAM Touch Ultrasound systems in the United States.