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Konica Minolta Introduces New Systems Featuring Dynamic Digital Radiography at RSNA 2022

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 26 Nov 2022

Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. (Wayne, N.J., USA) is introducing new digital radiography (DR) solutions at RSNA 2022 that will continue to transform the clinical value of X-ray. In 2020, Konica Minolta Healthcare launched Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR), and now the company is extending this advancement to the new KDR Flex Overhead X-ray System. Konica Minolta previously announced DDR on the Chiropractic Straight Arm and the mKDR Xpress Mobile X-ray System, which recently received US FDA 510(k) clearance for the DDR option. These new systems and the AeroDR Glassless family of flat panel detectors are being launched at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), November 27 – December 1, 2022.

Konica Minolta’s KDR Flex Overhead X-ray System is a next-generation, smart radiography system that delivers an array of workflow innovations in addition to incorporating DDR. The system automatically tracks and aligns the tube to the table or wall stand, facilitating precision in positioning. The KDR Flex Overhead X-ray System has the flexibility to be configured as a manual, semi-automated or fully automated system to optimize workflow, reduce operator fatigue and increase patient satisfaction. A powerful X-ray generator and Automatic Exposure Control further optimize image quality and help minimize patient dose. The result is a more effortless system operation that enhances both the technologist and patient experience.

Image: Award-winning DR systems with DDR and AeroDR lightweight glassless FPDs are on display at RSNA 2022 (Photo courtesy of Konica)
Image: Award-winning DR systems with DDR and AeroDR lightweight glassless FPDs are on display at RSNA 2022 (Photo courtesy of Konica)

Konica Minolta has shattered the glass ceiling with its latest innovation in wireless digital detectors. With the AeroDR Glassless Flat Panel Detectors from Konica Minolta, there is no glass substrate, just a thin film transistor (TFT), further decreasing the panel weight and, as important, reducing the distance between the scintillator and electronics for superior sensitivity and outstanding image quality. The AeroDR family of flat panel detectors is renowned for durability, a powerful seven-year power cell warranty and exceptional high definition resolution at 100 µm and 200 µm. AeroDR Glassless Flat Panel Detectors are available in Konica Minolta systems and retrofits to help facilities take advantage of a smart imaging solution for greater efficiency and optimal image quality.

With the mKDR Xpress Mobile X-ray System with DDR from Konica Minolta, clinicians can now capture anatomy in motion and observe physiological changes during respiration or swallow studies, right at the patient’s bedside or in the ER, OR, CCU or ICU. DDR adds significant clinical value to imaging performed at the point-of-care with an exam that is fast and versatile at a low radiation dose. DDR was initially introduced on the company’s acclaimed KDR Advanced U-Arm. DDR is a leap forward in DR technology that acquires individual images at high speed and low dose. The resulting cine loop enables clinicians to observe anatomical motion over time, enhancing diagnostic capabilities and providing clinicians with a way to visualize anatomy like never before.

AT RSNA 2022, Konica Minolta is offering live in-booth scanning with its brand new SONIMAGE MX1 Platinum Ultrasound System, a next-generation, compact point-of-care ultrasound system (POCUS) that delivers incredible detail resolution for superior image quality. Clinicians can hand carry the SONIMAGE MX1 Platinum System wherever it is needed most – at the bedside, in an exam room or surgery suite. The MX1 Platinum System leverages an advanced imaging algorithm that achieves improved resolution of ultrasound images while maintaining optimum frame rates. This algorithm improves image quality of the color and grayscale modes, delivering speckle reduction and applying a smoothing effect to reduce graininess in the image. The exceptional image quality at the point-of-care can help clinicians make better informed diagnoses and facilitate accurate interventions, giving them confidence in what they are seeing to make immediate decisions that enhance patient care.

“Konica Minolta is delivering more capabilities with digital radiography that advance and redefine imaging diagnostics and are available on multiple systems to best meet each customer’s most demanding needs,” said Guillermo Sander, PhD, Marketing Director for Digital Radiography, Konica Minolta Healthcare. “Our commitment is to do more with primary imaging, continually evolving to provide clinicians with diagnostic information never before available. The ultimate goal is to enhance patient care by enabling better decisions, sooner.”

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