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X-ray Systems
Biomedical Equipment offers a complete line of radiographic equipment for hospitals, imaging centers, private practitioners, chiropractic and veterinary practices.

Radiographic equipment is used in conjunction with Computed Radiography (CR) and PACS systems to improve productivity in your medical facility and provide better care for patients.

CR Systems
Computed radiography is proving to be a more efficient, more reliable and more cost-effective system for producing radiographic images compared to the traditional method of film-processing - and the images are of a much higher quality.

Computed radiography (CR) is a practical, efficient and economical method of capturing and converting radiographic images into a digital form. The medium for capturing the X-ray radiation passing through the patient and generated by a standard X-ray system is a phosphor plate that is placed in a standard size cassette, replacing the regular radiographic film. The X-ray exposure forms a latent image on a phosphor plate that is then scanned (read or developed) using a laser beam CR reader. The CR unit displays the resultant digital image on a computer monitor screen. By the end of the short process, the phosphor plate is erased and ready for another X-ray image exposure, allowing the CR system to be very economical (compared to the film process it replaces).

DR Systems
Up to the present moment, computed radiography has been the best alternative to obtain digital projection radiography images. Computed Radiography (CR) has the advantage of being fully compatible with existing x-ray equipment designed for film- screen imaging. However it has the disadvantage of requiring readout and processing steps that take about the same time as conventional film to obtain a diagnostically useful image.

Over the last decade, Digital Radiology (DR) has entered the medical imaging market offering a new standard for digital x-ray image capture. DR systems use solid state detectors rather than film or cassettes for collecting the image data for digital radiography, providing the most efficient and fastest method for obtaining higher-quality digital images with substantial productivity improvements in high-workflow departments.

The benefits from digital radiology are immense. It allows the facility to go filmless. The referring physician can view the requested image on a personal computer just minutes after the examination was performed. The images are no longer tied to a single location; they can be seen simultaneously by physicians who are miles apart. In addition, the patient can have all his or her X-rays on a compact disk to take to another physician or hospital.

Film Digitizers
Where there are limited funds for conversion from legacy systems to the creation of a digital department, films will probably continue to be generated for most (or all) examinations. In this case, a low-cost solution is the employment of film digitizers. Using this technique, existing filmed images can be converted to digital images (which may or may not be DICOM). These digital images can be optimized (edge enhanced, contrast optimization, mirror, rotation, etc.) transmitted over a network, archived and printed. The advantage of this technique is its low cost of entry, in comparison with replacing modality devices. The clear disadvantage is the compromise in image quality. Depending on the specifications of the units purchased, dark films may be very poorly converted.

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