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CR Digitizer Designed for General Radiography, Orthopedic, and Chiropractic Applications

By Medimaging International staff writers
Posted on 01 Oct 2013
Image: The CR 12-X, a tabletop CR digitizer designed for general radiography, orthopedic, and chiropractic imaging (Photo courtesy of Agfa HealthCare).
Image: The CR 12-X, a tabletop CR digitizer designed for general radiography, orthopedic, and chiropractic imaging (Photo courtesy of Agfa HealthCare).
A new compact computed radiography (CR) system provides the transition to digital for private healthcare practices and clinics and offers high image quality at a range of throughputs up to 60 plates per hour via user-controllable speed and resolution.

Agfa HealthCare (Mortsel, Belgium) announced the North American launch of the CR 12-X, a table-top CR digitizer with a modular design, combining cost-effectiveness with high image quality. This versatile system is suitable for general radiography, orthopedic, and chiropractic practices, including those needing a full leg/full spine application. With adjustable speed and a user-tuned workflow, the system best meets the needs of each specific facility.

“With the CR 12-X , Agfa HealthCare takes a step up in our table-top systems, providing enhancements while maintaining cost-effectiveness for smaller practices,” said Greg Cefalo, imaging business unit manager, US, Agfa HealthCare. “With the benefits of high image quality and high throughput, combined with the compact size and ease of-installation and maintenance, the Agfa HealthCare CR 12-X is an ideal system for any practice or clinic seeking to transition from analog to digital imaging.”

The compact, tabletop system has a single slot for 35 x 43 cm cassettes. It can be easily placed at most any location, and is suited for mobile applications. With the CR 12-X, the user can choose to adjust speed and resolution depending on the needs of the exam. Technologists can easily overwrite the default settings for each exam, depending on the specific speed/quality priorities of each study.

The digitizer bridges the gap of multiple-size cassettes and works in combination with Agfa HealthCare’s NX workstation for a very effective and optimized, yet personalized, imaging workflow. With autoprocessing capabilities in the NX software, the image identification and quality control tool, images are automatically cropped if a smaller image is captured using a larger cassette. This removes further steps for the technologist to prepare images for the radiologist.

Agfa HealthCare’s Musica software is included in the implementation of CR 12-X, which automatically handles all image processing, independently of body part and dose, optimizing the final image quality without the need for any human intervention or special training.

The CR 12-X is fully Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)-compliant to easily integrate with other system elements.

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