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Konica Minolta launches new cassette-type digital X-ray system

Konica Minolta has launched new AeroDR 3 1417HD, a cassette-type digital X-ray system, in December 2016.

An extremely high-definition wireless portable DR*2 system , the AeroDR 3 1417HD is the new flagship model of Konica Minolta’s AeroDR series that is ideal for use in a wider range of environments, including a patient’s bedside, ICUs, emergency departments and operating rooms as well as radiography rooms.

In recent years, governmental initiatives have been underway, especially in developed countries, to accelerate the digitization of medical processes for more effective sharing of medical information. Konica Minolta aims to offer new functional diagnosis*3 solutions to contribute to the digitization of diagnostic imaging in more medical areas, thereby enhancing diagnostic and therapeutic efficiency and reducing medical costs.

In Japan, primary care provided by family doctors and at home is taking on greater importance against the backdrop of increasing medical costs and an aging population. Konica Minolta believes that the AeroDR 3 1417HD, as a new diagnostic imaging system, will deliver high clinical value to the primary care area and help facilitate early detection of disease.

With the sensor panel’s sampling pitch (pixel size) of 100 μm, the AeroDR 3 1417HD delivers outstanding resolution that is among the highest in the world. For example, it allows orthopedists to capture far clearer images of fine structures such as the bone of a finger even when enlarged, thus contributing to enhancing diagnostic accuracy.

With its high efficiency in detecting X-ray photons and wider dynamic range, Konica Minolta’s AeroDR series enables users to capture high-quality images at approximately half the dose compared to conventional film-based radiography and CR*4.

The AeroDR 3 1417HD has succeeded in reducing the dose by 62% in comparison to CR. This model is powered by a lithium-ion capacitor*5, which is safer than a lithium-ion rechargeable battery and has no risk of catching fire due to overcharging or through the impact of an accidental drop.

The AeroDR 3 1417HD has inherited the high operational efficiency of the AeroDR series, of which more than 10,000 units have been sold worldwide during the five years since its introduction

The AeroDR 3 1417HD is also characterized by enhanced durability in terms of load resistance (point load: 180 kg, surface load: 400 kg), drop impact resistance, and its waterproof rating (IPX6), which makes this model suitable for heavy use in a wider range of settings, including operating rooms, emergency departments, and disaster-stricken areas, in addition to radiography rooms.