Features | Partner Sites | Information | LinkXpress
Sign In
Ampronix
ElsMed
Schiller

Digital Radiofluoroscopy Table System Receives FDA Clearance

By Medimaging International staff writers
Posted on 08 May 2014
Image:  Sonialvision G4 universal digital radiofluoroscopy (R/F) table system (Photo courtesy of Shimadzu Medical Systems).
Image: Sonialvision G4 universal digital radiofluoroscopy (R/F) table system (Photo courtesy of Shimadzu Medical Systems).
A universal digital radiofluoroscopy (R/F) table system is designed to perform a wide range of examinations, including endoscopy, angiography, video fluoroscopy for gastrointestinal series and swallowing exams, orthopedic exams, and general radiography.

Shimadzu Medical Systems, USA (Torrance, CA, USA;) has announced that the Sonialvision G4 universal digital R/F table system has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The system expands Shimadzu’s product range with the addition of the advanced system that has received strong acceptance in Europe and Asia.

The technology acquires high image quality images rapidly and uses low radiation dose levels. Its new ergonomic design is patient safety- and hygiene-focused, accommodates all sizes of ambulatory and stretcher/wheelchair confined patients, and offers workflow-efficiency features to help improve technologist productivity.

The system combines a 17-inch x 17-inch flat panel detector (FPD) with Shimadzu’s next- generation digital imaging platform. Its 139 μm ultra-small pixel pitch and high contrast maximizes the FPD performance. Its easily switchable large-to-small fields-of-view cover a range of imaging from finger tips to the entire chest or abdomen. Furthermore, the wide 202.5 cm movement range of the Sonialvision G4 can capture images of the complete body without moving the patient.

Various real-time digital filtering processes effectively suppress halation near skin surfaces and around shadows where organs overlap. Smoother imaging is achieved with no delay or image lags by applying optimal digital filtering and extracting noise components. Used in long spine and limb imaging, Shimadzu’s Slot Beam functionality is available as an advanced application option. With its lower dose profile, the Slot Beam is an excellent choice for pediatrics.

The Sonialvision G4 is equipped with a wealth of functions to facilitate urological exams. The edge of the imaging range can be positioned as close as 9.5 cm from the head end of the table, given a 17-inch field-of-view, making it easy to perform procedures using an optical endoscope. It is also possible to tilt the table without changing an observation position. A specialized collimation function helps reduce dose.

An oblique projection function prevents overlapping organs when performing gastrointestinal examinations. Fluoroscopic images can be saved in Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) format. Patients in wheelchairs can be examined easily by extending the imaging chain, which has a maximum 15 cm per second quick movement.

The Sonialvision G4 supports angiography procedures with its streamlined design, and its large field of view enables digital subtraction angiography (DSA) to be used for exams ranging from the hepatic artery to the entire lower extremities. Special features for every type of exam the system performs help to minimize radiation dose exposure levels to the patient. A table that can support a patient weighing up to 317.5 kg in the horizontal position for bariatric procedures is designed for easy cleaning and integrates safety features to facilitate safe access and egress by patients.

This new system design of the G4 also provides productive and comfortable workflow to optimize convenience and operability for the technologists who use it. Its high-speed dual-processor can simultaneously resolve images, register patient data, and perform other functions rapidly without interfering with the examination being performed. The number of operating steps a technologist needs to perform during an examination is substantially reduced because the R/F table, X-ray generator, and digital processor are linked.

Related Links:

Shimadzu Medical Systems USA



Channels

MRI

view channel

Dyslexic Patients Shown to Have Disordered Network Connections in the Brain

Scientists conducted a whole-brain functional connectivity analysis of dyslexia using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and revealed how brain activity is disordered in dyslexic patients. Dyslexia is a neurologic reading disability that occurs when the regions of the brain that process written language do... Read more

Nuclear medicine

view channel

PET Imaging Reveals Brain Benefits from Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery

Imaging studies revealed that weight loss surgery has been found to suppress changes in brain metabolism associated with obesity and improve cognitive function involved in planning, strategizing, and organizing. Therefore, researchers have hypothesized that a specific surgical procedure could reduce risk of Alzheimer’s... Read more

General/Advanced Imaging

view channel
Image: From left, Guy Genin, PhD, John Boyle and Stavros Thomopoulos, PhD, watch as a sample is exposed to stress and force. They have developed algorithms that may lead to the ability to identify weak spots in tendons, muscles and bones (Photo courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis).

Image Analysis Algorithms Devised to Find Weak Spots in Muscles, Tendons, and Bones prone to Tearing, Breaking

Researchers have developed algorithms to detect weak spots in muscles, tendons, and bones predisposed to tearing or breaking. The technology, which needs to be further refined before it is used in patients,... Read more

Imaging IT

view channel

Interactive Dashboard and Visualization Tool Designed for Oncologists

A new tool has been developed to help users of an information system for radiation oncology to analyze data and use metrics to help make more informed decisions. Varian Medical Systems (Palo Alto CA, USA), a developer of cancer treatment technology and informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, will... Read more

Industry News

view channel

USD 12 Billion Out of Total Spent on Medical Imaging Squandered in the US

The United States wastes close to USD 12 billion on unnecessary medical imaging yearly, according to a new survey of 196 hospital leaders. Smart data company peer60 (American Fork, UT, USA) surveyed 196 healthcare leaders about medical imaging in less than two weeks and found a number of reasons for the squandered resources.... Read more
 
Copyright © 2000-2014 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.