Carestream Health announced that it has entered the radiography/fluoroscopy (R/F) market with two systems that are designed to deliver high-quality, cost-effective imaging: the DRX-Excel and DRX-Excel Plus. These systems are said to enhance workflow and perform contrast exams using fluoroscopy that can be associated with a radiography image, in addition to specialized contrast procedures that record both fluoroscopy and radiography sequences and interventional procedures.

Carestream’s DRX-Excel systems are configured with a table and a tube in one system. The company reports that an optional integrated flat panel detector produces high-resolution images for general radiography as well as fluoroscopic sequences. The DRX-Excel platform also is available as a conventional R/F system that uses either CR cassettes or DRX-1 detectors with an image intensifier.

The company says that both DRX-Excel systems offer a source-to-image detector distance of 180 cm, an ergonomic design, and the ability to select an image intensifier for fluoroscopy or use the optional flat panel detector. The DRX-Excel Plus has an elevating table that tilts for fluoroscopy exams and can be lowered or raised to provide flexible, comfortable imaging for patients. Table weight capacity is 265 Kg (584 pounds). The DRX-Excel has a fixed table with a weight limit of up to 200 Kg (440 pounds) and offers the tilt capability for fluoroscopy exams.

Both systems have productivity-enhancing capabilities, including a positioning pedal that allows the operator to be hands-free—which is helpful for interventional exams—and a remote control that can move the table from anywhere in the room. Other options include integration of a DRX detector, four-way float top table movement, and the ability to stitch multiple images together for long-length exams.

These systems enable a DRX detector to be shared among an R/F room and other DRX mobile or room-based radiography or R/F systems. In the United States, only the DRX-Excel Plus model will be available. Both systems will be available in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and other countries. More information about the two new radiography/fluoroscopy DRX systems is available on the Carestream Health website.