June 20, 2013 - The
U.S. FDA cleared a new wireless digital radiography detector by Carestream
Health designed to offer high quality, low dose X-ray
exams for pediatric,
orthopedic, and general radiology applications.
The detector, DRX
2530C detector, is small at 25 cm x 30 cm and has high DQE (detective
quantum efficiency), which can lead to lower dose than computed radiography
cassettes or gadolinium scintillator detectors. The detector can be used for imaging
premature babies and infants in the pediatric ICU as the detector fits into a
tray located underneath an incubator. It can also capture extremity exams as its
smaller size and light weight aids in positioning for tabletop exams such as knee,
elbow, skull and other exams that may require a patient to hold the detector or
require a smaller field of view.
Carestream also offers advanced image processing software that is used
to optimize image quality for pediatric patients. The software includes 7
patient sizes as specified by FDA guidelines for pediatric exams. The new
detector is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2013.