Agfa HealthCare has announced that it will launch its new mobile DR system with FreeView telescopic column at AHRA 2015, the Association for Medical Imaging Management’s annual meeting, in Las Vegas, July 19–22. According to Agfa, its FreeView technology creates better maneuverability and ease of use by offering a telescoping column for an unobstructed view while driving the mobile DR system.

The maneuverable, wireless DX-D 100 direct radiography (DR) unit is said to combine full mobility with Agfa HealthCare’s MUSICA image processing, enabling high-quality radiology exams to be efficiently performed in mobile environments, including intensive care units, emergency departments, operating rooms, and at the patient bedside. With the new FreeView technology, the telescopic column of the DX-D 100 can be collapsed when moving and positioning the system. The unobstructed view is designed to allow the radiographic technologist to get to the patient swiftly and securely, especially in critical care areas crowded with overhead equipment. The column can then be quickly popped back up at the patient’s bedside.

Agfa reports that FreeView technology offers faster, easier positioning more reliably than common electric columns, and requires less maintenance. Because it has no motor, the DX-D 100 is unlikely to contribute to battery depletion and should improve operating time. The DX-D 100 also has a crystal lead battery upgrade that offers 30% more battery life, resulting in 30% more uptime, and 30% more exposures before recharging, according to the company. In addition, the dual battery system helps maximize clinical operating time by powering the motor and the generator separately.

Secondary controls on the system’s arm allow positioning to be refined without returning to the main console. This enables operation by just one person and allows the operator to stay with the patient at all times. Other new upgrades for the DX-D 100 will be shown at the AHRA 2015 event.

Other solutions that will be displayed at Agfa HealthCare’s booth at AHRA 2015 include the DX-D Retrofit cassette-less and film-less upgrade solution, and the CR 15-X table-top CR. For more information, see the announcement from Agfa.