Canon celebrates production of 10,000 digital radiography systems at
4 December 2009
At the 2009 Radiological Society of North America Annual
Meeting (RSNA 2009), Canon USA, Inc. will celebrate the achievement of a
Canon Inc. medical equipment manufacturing milestone as cumulative
production of Canon CXDI Digital Radiography (DR) systems surpassed the
10,000 unit mark. The accomplishment was reached over a period of 12
years, beginning with the launch of the Canon CXDI-11 DR System in
Canon Inc. began research and development on X-ray imaging sensors in
1993, leading to the introduction of the first DR system, the Canon
CXDI-11 DR System, equipped with Canon’s proprietary LANMIT (Large Area
New MIS Sensor and TFT) flat-panel detector in 1997. In addition to
making possible the confirmation of an on-screen preview image in
approximately three seconds following exposure, the Canon CXDI-11 DR
System helped to enable the transmission of examination orders and the
sharing of image data over intra-hospital networks. The system created a
stir in the industry with its range of groundbreaking features not found
in conventional radiography systems.
Canon Inc. went on to build a comprehensive DR system product lineup
that has been installed at countless medical and healthcare facilitates
worldwide, with the introduction of 12 generations of flat panel
technology with a variety of products including – the Canon CXDI-11,
Canon CXDI-22, Canon CXDI-31, Canon CXDI-40G, Canon CXDI-50G, Canon
CXDI-40C, Canon CXDI-40EG, Canon CXDI-50C, Canon CXDI-40EC, Canon
CXDI-60G, CXDI-40G COMPACT, Canon CXDI-55G, Canon CXDI-55C and the Canon
CXDI-60C flat panel sensors – offering a full range of DR system
solutions for various applications.
The systems have contributed to an expanded range of applications for
digital radiography in fields outside of conventional medicine,
including the examination of animals, such as the checking of leg
injuries on racing horses, the inspection of artifacts and other remains
at archaeological excavation sites, and assisting rescue organizations
with natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the
earthquake in Pakistan.
Improving and expanding the lineup of its X-ray DR systems, Canon
plans to introduce the CXDI-50RF1, the world’s first portable dynamic
and static sensor that will be capable of both viewing dynamic and
capturing static X-ray images. Equipped with a 17 x 14 inch imaging
area, the CXDI-50RF will be able to accommodate standard static X-ray
image capture of the chest area and extremities.
It will also enable up to 30 frames per second (fps) fluoroscopy,
which radiographers can use to observe dynamics of organs, such as those
used in digestion, for optimal timing in capturing static images.
Multi-frame radiographic imaging up to 15 fps is also available. In
fluoroscopy mode, the sensor unit will be able to be used in a docking
station, similar to a cassette tray, which is equipped with an active
air cooling system. The control software will provide advanced image
processing and all the standard DICOM functions while acquiring and
displaying smooth images in both radiographic and fluoroscopic modes.
Taking advantage of its proprietary sensor and imaging technologies,
Canon aims to realize further market expansion by maximizing the
performance of DR systems that combine dynamic-image viewing and static
image capture, while also enhancing the Company’s overall DR system
lineup. Additionally, through the promotion of filmless X-ray procedures
at healthcare facilities and provision of strong support for monitor
diagnosis, the Company intends to contribute to improved diagnostic
accuracy and more efficient examination procedures.