Philips introduces digital radiography system for smaller clinics

12 March 2009

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) has launched the Essenta DR Compact, a fully digital x-ray system that delivers high quality on a moderate budget. It can be used for all general radiography examinations and is aimed at mid-sized hospitals, imaging centres, private clinics and orthopaedic clinics.

With a fully digital workflow, the Essenta DR Compact facilitates efficient imaging and processing, potentially saving time in busy clinics. Designed to be quick and easy to use, the system’s U-arm can be moved manually, giving customers fast access to clinical positioning Based on Philips’ extensive experience, it benefits from versatile geometry and an ergonomic design, which means that even in a small room a wide range of exams are possible.

The device is the first to incorporate Philips’ new QuantMaster 3543 RG digital detector. In keeping with Philips’ commitment to sustainability the detector uses lead-free PCBs, has a low power consumption, uses ‘green’ packaging and is designed to have a reduced environmental impact at the end of its life. By developing its own detector technology Philips is also able to have greater control over the final cost of the overall product, making it more attractive to potential customers in both developed and emerging markets.

The device is based on Philips’ proven Eleva platform, which is already in use on the company’s fluoroscopy, high-end digital radiography, computed radiography and digital mammography systems. The intuitive interface provides a convenient and efficient workflow for dedicated patient care. Customers working with Eleva have reported that the system is easy for new staff to learn, resulting in reduced training time.

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