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Advanced Digital X-Ray System Allows Clinicians to Capture and Visualize Anatomy in Motion

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 22 Sep 2022
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Image: The FDA has cleared the CSA system with Dynamic Digital Radiography (Photo courtesy of 20/20 Imaging)
Image: The FDA has cleared the CSA system with Dynamic Digital Radiography (Photo courtesy of 20/20 Imaging)

Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR) is a revolutionary X-ray technology that enables the visualization of anatomy in motion, so clinicians can interpret the dynamic interaction of anatomical structures, such as tissue and bone, with physiological changes over time. DDR is not fluoroscopy; it is a series of individual digital images acquired at high speed and low dose. In the same study, clinicians can acquire static and dynamic images. The resulting cine loop delivers up to 20 seconds of anatomy in motion in a diagnostic-quality view with a simple acquisition performed on a conventional DR system. Now, a novel digital X-ray system combines advanced imaging with DDR to further enhance the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions.

20/20 Imaging (Crystal Lake, IL, USA), a division of Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc., has received FDA clearance for its Chiropractic Straight Arm (CSA) system with DDR, Konica Minolta’s revolutionary X-ray technology. The compact, efficient CSA features an array of advanced design innovations to optimize workflow, increase efficiency and improve outcomes, expediting the diagnostic process and elevating the patient experience. A 17” x 17” field-of-view detector captures high-resolution images in seconds, delivering detailed bone and soft tissue visualization. Predetermined anatomy-specific positioning and source-to-image receptor distance simplifies use for a more efficient workflow. A full range of motion enables all imaging views required while accommodating patients who are standing, sitting, lying on a table or in a wheelchair. The ability to capture and visualize the cervical spine in motion during flexion and extension with DDR will provide additional information to chiropractors and injury lawyers when documenting whiplash injuries.

“DDR is transforming the role of radiography across clinical conditions, from musculoskeletal injuries to pulmonary diseases and swallowing studies,” said Guillermo Sander, PhD, Marketing Director for Digital Radiography at Konica Minolta Healthcare. “As the only technology of its kind available today, DDR adds significant clinical value with an exam that is fast and versatile at a low radiation dose. At Konica Minolta, we envision a world where advanced X-ray capabilities provide the immediacy of information that clinicians need, at a lower cost than other imaging systems, so they can make better decisions, sooner.”

“Research and development are underway to develop artificial intelligence tools that will enable accurate analysis of orthopedic and musculoskeletal images,” said John Sabol, PhD, Clinical Research Manager for Konica Minolta Healthcare, who believes that the development of this technology is just beginning. “These applications will enable quantification of skeletal motion and efficient reporting.”

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