The FDA has green lighted Siemens‘s Ysio radiology system, a full service digital radiography system that can image the body from almost any angle. The system, covered by us on a number of occasions (see flashbacks below), features a proprietary wireless detector (wi-D™) that transmits X-ray images directly to a server, and can be positioned anywhere, for the convenience of the patient.
Features from the press release:
With more than 500 different preset examination positions, Ysio can save preparation time and effort. Simply pressing a button on the wireless remote will automatically move the X-ray tube into position. The system can be configured to bypass room fixtures during its automated travel to the imaging position. Thus, Ysio is also a tailored solution in terms of space planning. Power-assisted servo movements help to further reduce the strain of heavy workloads while the collimation can be adjusted from anywhere in the room via remote control.
Ysio’s ergonomic table design caters to the full spectrum of patient profiles from pediatrics and bariatrics, offering a 660-pound weight capacity and a low table height of 21 inches for convenient positioning when shifting sick or elderly patients from wheelchair to table.
The wi-D handles like a cassette and can be removed from the table and placed directly underneath or next to the patient for exposures that are difficult or impossible to take using a fixed detector. For instance, patients with restricted mobility can be X-rayed without having to leave a wheelchair.
Ysio also offers MaxTouch, an interactive, color touch screen user interface, which supports easy access to key technical factors during examinations. MaxTouch clearly displays easily recognizable icons for speed, accuracy, and access to a comprehensive range of options for adjustment.
As a digital radiography solution, Ysio delivers pristine image quality with high-resolution images available within seconds of acquisition. Images acquired with the wi-D can be previewed in as little as five seconds without the need to change or process cassettes.
With a detector matrix of more than 7 million pixels and a pixel size of 144 µm, the wi-D of Ysio delivers exceptional images with high-contrast resolution within seconds (as a comparison to its minute size, one µm – or micron – would be virtually undetectable if it were to be placed on the head of a pin). And since the detector is situated close to the patient, there are virtually no distortions.
With DiamondView Plus, a post-processing function that optimizes image quality, the detail resolution of images is given a final polish of contrast enhancement and noise reduction. And Ysio’s comprehensive CARE radiation reduction program combines various advanced radiation reduction functions designed to keep exposure levels as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).
Press release: Siemens Digital Radiography Innovation with Wireless Detector Receives FDA Clearance
Product page: Ysio
Flashbacks: New X-ray System from Siemens Features Wireless Image Detector; Ysio von Siemens ;