par Lisa Chamoff
, Contributing Reporter | November 30, 2014
From the November 2014 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
“You can perform any clinical application you need with that,” Fernandez says. “It’s a smaller system, but it can work for every customer.” Since the system can easily fit into an existing X-ray room, the Multix Select DR is a good match for facilities that don’t want to embark on a construction project, Fernandez says. It can be an option for urgent care centers that are required to have X-ray, but don’t need the same bells and whistles for a kid who falls off a bike. It can also be cheaper than a $100,000 retrofit. “You can actually get a fully new system with a table and a wall stand for a similar or lower price,” Fernandez says.
The release of the Multix Select DR is in addition to the Ysio Max, Siemens’ high-end DR system, which was granted 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this year. The Ysio Max system includes three new detectors, including a lightweight 10x14 wireless detector, and new automation tools, such as a new feature that displays the current detector angle on a color touchscreen, eliminating the need to guess how to position the angle of the X-ray tube correctly.
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Viztek recently came out with a flat panel detector that the company says can be used to retrofit an existing CR setup to a full flat panel DR at half the price. The ViZion DR + is about $35,000 to the end users, says Josip Cermin, Viztek’s president. Cermin says the low price is based on the predicted sales volume — the company expects to sell more than 1,500 units and already has back orders.
“It’s very advanced technology as well,” Cermin says. “The new panels incorporate technologies and features that were previously only available in the most expensive and advanced panels.” Agfa HealthCare has developed a consultancy program that allows facilities to weigh their various priorities and rate what is most important. For example, dose is very important for pediatric hospitals, while for some large health care networks with old equipment, DR retrofits may be the best option.
“There’s an awful lot of time savings in taking portables to DR,” says George Curley, senior sales marketing manager for digital imaging at Agfa. According to Curley, with some of the newer portable options, there can be improved efficiency even when compared to older fixed units retrofitted from CR to DR.
Agfa is also doing a major launch of its new X-ray room, the floor-mounted DR-400, ideal for a facility that can’t use an overhead X-ray tube. It also integrates Agfa’s acquisition station with their X-ray control. “It’s going to be a very high-quality, yet affordable, system,” Curley says.