More flexibility, more mobility


Philips, Siemens and Carestream Health have recently released new x-ray systems, all designed to increase mobility and ease workflow in the hospital or clinic. Middle East Health looks at these new systems.

Philips’ new Practix 360 x-ray is a ‘straight-to-patient’ mobile system that can be used throughout the hospital. It is designed to cover the full spectrum of applications from paediatric to bariatric.

Philips says the new system is designed to optimise workflow. By transporting the mobile x-ray system around a hospital or clinic it can be used to address the issue of access to immobile patients, such as those being treated in the Intensive Care Unit or the Operating Room.

The Practix 360 system is built for mobility. It features four free-swivelling wheels that allow for 360 degree movement on the spot. It also weighs 30% less than conventional systems at just 175kg, making it more compact than conventional mobile x-ray systems and allowing it to be easily transported for use in multiple settings.

Other features have been enhanced to make it ideal for this mobile function. The system has a long-life LED collimator light, which is one and a half times brighter than conventional collimator lights. This creates more contrast and provides a clear x-ray exposure area even under difficult lighting conditions.

It also has an optional SID (source-to-image distance) laser light which shows precisely the SID at 100cm or 110cm, allowing for quick and accurate positioning.


Philips says the Practix 360 is the first mobile system with a built-in paediatric filter and high-resolution x-ray tube option, with a short 1 ms exposure time setting and two foci to provide crisp, virtually artifact-free images for paediatric examinations. In addition, the high speed x-ray tube and the high power generator option support the examination of bariatric patients.

The system supports a 30 kW generator option making it powerful enough to provide a wide array of demanding x-ray examinations.

Dose control

Another important element of this system is its ability to make dose data immediately available to enable radiologists to better manage patient dose. The dose data is made available when combined with the thermal printing option, available for the dosimeter. The system also has built-in filters to enable lower dose exposure for paediatric patients. And it can be remotely controlled to ensure the radiologist’s safety.

The Practix 360 can be paired with PCR Eleva, Philips’computed radiography system, to provide high quality digital images.

Philips says the unit is economical and is built to last with robust user-friendly construction. The company adds that customers can also have the assurance of the Philips Global Support Service Network.

Practix 360

Earlier this year at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna, Austria, Siemens unveiled its entry-level digital Xray system – Multix Select DR.

Siemens says the system is suitable for virtually all clinical radiography applications, is easy to use and has a very good price-performance ratio – around 30% less than comparable earlier products from Siemens.

The system has a mobile flat detector – 35- 43 cm – providing optimal coverage for most applications. The patient table with its floating tabletop and a bucky wall stand enable a wide range of possible examinations.

Siemens points out that physicians using this system can have access to software functions like DiamondView Plus for enhanced image contrast, which were so far only available in high-end Siemens Xray products

Also at the ECR in Vienna, Siemens launched Mobilett Mira which combines mobile x-ray with the flexibility of a wireless detector. It is Siemens’ first such system and is particularly useful for examining patients that are critically ill and have only limited mobility. Without a cable attached to the detector, placing it under a patient with limited mobility is much simpler.

The detector sends image data via WLAN to an integrated imaging unit. The system has a new rotating swivel arm that increases ease of use. In addition to vertical movements, the new swivel arm can now also be moved horizontally up to 90 degrees. This makes the preparation of the examination even easier.

The swivel arm integrates all electric connection cables that conventional mobile x-ray systems usually carry at the outside. In combination with the wireless detector, this makes Mobilett Mira a fully wireless mobile system. Siemens points out that this not only makes the system safer to use, but also more hygienic as the cables that can potentially carry bacteria are tucked away.

Siemens says Mobilett Mira is one of the smallest mobile X-ray systems on the market and can be easily moved thanks to an integrated drive. The new detector provides a resolution of more than seven million pixels, delivering excellent image quality comparable to high-resolution stationary systems. The system works with very short exposure times beyond one millisecond, thus reducing the radiation exposition for the patient.

The system software can be regularly updated by Siemens Remote Services via data cable of W-LAN.

Siemens Mobilett

Carestream has changed the way health professionals think about digital radiography following the introduction of their powerful single detector platform – DRX – which works across a wide range x-ray equipment.

Carestream calls it: “X-Factor thinking – enabling you to call the shots with configurable, modular components.”

The DRX platform offers versatility by allowing detectors to be shared among multiple x-ray systems. For example, a detector can be used in a mobile imaging unit for early morning hospital rounds and then moved to a DRX-1 system or DRXEvolution suite for the rest of the day. DRX detectors can also be moved from day use in general radiology rooms to mobile units that serve the emergency department at night.

Carestream says that its wireless Carestream DRX-1 detector is in high demand with more than 1,500 DRX detectors sold worldwide.


The DRX-1 system features a cassette-size DR detector that fits into an existing table or wall stand Bucky to enable cost-effective conversion from film or CR imaging systems without replacing x-ray systems or renovating exam rooms. The original DRX-1 detector is complemented by a second detector, the cesium iodide-based Carestream DRX-1C, that offers exceptional image quality and improved DQE (detective quantum efficiency). Images are available for review in five seconds and can be communicated to a PACS or other systems via a wireless network.

The DRX-Evolution suite helps improve both productivity and patient care by matching the positioning flexibility of the DRX-1 detector with a fully automated xray suite. Removable DRX detectors in the wall stand and/or the table are used to perform tabletop exams as well.

The Carestream DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit allows healthcare providers to upgrade selected GE, Siemens and Shimadzu mobile x-ray systems to wireless DR technology that delivers rapid access to images and helps improve patient care, particularly for critically ill patients in emergency rooms, operating rooms and the ICU.

The DRX-Ascend System is the latest addition to the Carestream family. It is a flexible, floor-mounted DR system designed for high patient volumes and is suitable for smaller rooms, imaging centres and orthopaedic applications. The system operates with portable digital detectors for a full range of positioning options. DRX wireless detectors can be used in the table and in the wall stand for single or dual detector scenarios.

Carestream DR

ate of upload: 18th Oct 2011


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