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Canon U.S.A. Commemorates 12 Years Of Digital Radiography Innovation At RSNA 2009 In Chicago


CHICAGO, November 29, 2009 – Celebrating an illustrious history, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in medical imaging, will commemorate 12 years of Canon digital radiography innovation, and advanced portable and general digital radiography (DR) systems and solutions at the 2009 Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2009), November 29th – December 3rd.

Canon launched the CXDI-11, the first static-image DR system, 12 years ago. Since that time, Canon has introduced 12 generations of flat panel technology with a variety of products, including general DR sensors for use in upright stands, universal stands and imaging tables, as well as portable DR sensors.

"Since entering the digital radiography market 12 years ago, Canon has delivered ever-expanding technologies and capabilities into each generation of our DR solutions that continue to set new standards for innovation," said Tsuneo Imai, senior director and general manager, Medical Systems Division, Canon U.S.A. "Backed by the Company's strong optical and imaging heritage combined with its extensive investment in imaging research, Canon remains committed to advancing the field."

Canon will highlight the versatility and flexibility of its current and future line of advanced portable and general DR systems at its booth (# 8339, North Building - Hall B, McCormick Place), including:

  • Canon CXDI-55G and CXDI-55C Portable DR Systems are the thinnest flat panel detectors the Company has offered to-date, just 0.6 inches thick, the same thickness as a standard film cassette. Offering an effective imaging area of 14 x 17 inches, both models accommodate a wide variety of locations including skull, spine, chest, abdomen, and extremity examination. Weighing just 7.5 pounds, the Canon CXDI-55G and CXDI-55C flat panel detectors are light enough for use in trauma centers and Intensive Care Units (ICUs). The DR systems are simple to grip and to handle so that both the patient and X-ray technologist can comfortably hold it in place during image capture. The detachable sensor cable provides power to the unit and transfers data. Additionally, images can be confirmed on an optional preview monitor virtually immediately after exposure. If another exposure is required, the detector will be ready in seconds due to a fast refresh cycle.
  • Canon CXDI-60G and CXDI-60C Portable DR Systems are thin, lightweight and robust flat panel detectors that offer an effective imaging area of 9 x 11 inches, weigh only 5.5 pounds and are less than an inch think (0.9 inches). The detachable sensor cable enables easy room-to-room installation from multiple locations such as the patient's bedside or wheelchair, trauma or ICU, and fits into most neo-natal incubator trays. The CXDI-60C has a Cesium Iodide (CsI) scintillator, with crystals that allow optimal light channeling properties for effective X-ray absorption and high signal-to-noise performance, providing less X-ray dosage to the patient and making it ideal for the NICU, pediatrics, and critically ill patients.
  • Canon CXDI-40G COMPACT DR System is equipped with a large image sensor and a 17 x 17 inch imaging area that enables X-ray images to be confirmed on an optional preview monitor approximately three seconds after exposure. The CXDI-40G COMPACT offers multiple applications, which allows for efficient capture of high-resolution (7.2 million pixels) radiological images in a timely manner, and can be retrofitted into a range of radiography devices including upright stands, RF tables and can retrofit a range of Bucky units. The detector is a compact, efficient and easily installed unit that helps to meet facilities' general radiographic needs while contributing to significant cost savings.
  • Canon CXDI-50RF Dynamic DR Sensor1 is the world's first portable dynamic and static sensor. The compact, lightweight portable DR system will be capable of viewing both dynamic images and capturing static X-ray images. Equipped with a 17 x 14 inch imaging area, the CXDI-50RF will be able to accommodate standard static X-ray image capture of the chest area and extremities. It will also enable up to 30 frames per second (fps) fluoroscopy, which radiographers can use to observe dynamics of organs, such as those used in digestion, for optimal timing in capturing static images. Multi-frame radiographic imaging up to 15 fps is also available. In fluoroscopy mode, the sensor unit will be able to be used in a docking station, similar to a cassette tray, which is equipped with an active air cooling system. The control software will provide advanced image processing and all the standard DICOM functions while acquiring and displaying smooth images in both radiographic and fluoroscopic modes.

In addition, Canon will have on display complete solutions from input (digital X-ray image acquisition) to output (printing and projection) that can be used in the healthcare industry for non-diagnostic purposes, including:

  • imagePRESS C1+ digital printing solution produces high-quality color prints for healthcare professionals looking for a cost-effective way to add value and introduce new capabilities in environments where quality is a critical factor in relaying messages and presenting data. When combined with Virtual Imaging's CYPHER print server, which has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)2 , and utilized with Canon's advanced portable and general DR systems and solutions or other modalities, the imagePRESS C1+ digital printing solution can produce high-quality paper prints with outstanding image quality and vibrant colors from any DICOM3 modality with a Print SCU capability4. Although the prints are not intended for diagnostic purposes, the imagePRESS C1+ color digital printer is specifically designed for print environments that require high levels of accuracy, detail and consistency in image reproduction. The imagePRESS C1+ color digital printer has the ability to handle a wide range of popular paper sizes (up to 13 x 19 inches) and types including coated and textured stocks without compromising image quality, use of this product may provide an avenue to share the prints with referring physicians, patients, insurance companies and authorities, as well as for teaching purposes.
  • REALiS WUX10 Mark II D Multimedia Projectoris a high-performance WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution projector using LCOS technology, providing spectacular image quality, resolution, and color reproduction for medical educators. The REALiS WUX10 Mark II D provides the ability to display film-like X-Rays in high resolution to large audiences in lecture halls, while also displaying ultra-smooth, lattice-free images. The use of the Canon DICOM Simulation mode provides medical educators with greater flexibility when training and conducting lectures and conferences where a large display is needed, allowing the user to calibrate directly on the projector rather than having to purchase additional equipment.
  • The ten-color PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II and the eight-color PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Photo Printers are Windows-based photo printers that can be used by medical facilities that print DR, CT and ultrasound images which when combined with DICOM conversion software, produce helpful documentation for patients, referring physicians, or surgeons for non-diagnostic purposes such as teaching, research and insurance claims. Both photo printers produce realistic razor-sharp image quality and prints up to 13 x 19 inches on plain paper and specialty media.
  • imagePROGRAF iPF510 Large Format Printer is a 17-inch printer that is ideal for medical facilities that print long images such as scoliosis, long leg or other stitched images. Four highly colorfast dye inks are included - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black - plus two channels of pigment-based Matte Black, and the Canon L-COA image processor and FINE print head technology for exceptional image quality and fast output for non-diagnostic purposes such as teaching, research and insurance claims.
  • To assist with patient record keeping, the high-speed imageFORMULA P-150 Personal Scanner, ScanFront 220P Network Scanner and DR-2010C Compact Color Scanner are part of Canon's award-winning imageFORMULA scanner lineup. Measuring only 11 inches long, 3.7 inches wide and 1.6 inches high and weighing just over two pounds, the P-150 can scan a batch of up to 20 letter-sized documents at up to 15 pages-per-minute (ppm) and 30 images-per-minute5 (ipm) and redefines the minimum dimensions of a document scanner with automatic document feeder. The ScanFront 220P network scanner features an 8.4-inch color touch panel that allows for easy navigation as well as a preview of scanned images and can scan at up to 25ppm5. The imageFORMULA DR-2010C compact color scanner offers scanning speed of up to 20ppm/40ipm5 in Duplex, and comes with a suite of innovative software packages designed for easy and seamless integration into existing work environments.

Canon will also demonstrate the Company's capabilities to deliver complete medical imaging and healthcare solutions, with premier imaging solutions from Virtual Imaging, Inc., a Canon U.S.A. subsidiary. Showcasing a wide range of solutions for high-volume facilities, imaging centers and practices looking for ways to streamline their imaging operations and reduce costs without sacrificing image quality or patient care, new products from Virtual Imaging's RadPRO line and "upgrades" on display will include:

  • RadPRO Mobile C-arm
  • RadPRO ELITE Digital Overhead Radiography System
  • RadPRO URS6 (Universal Radiography System) with Canon CXDI-50RF Dynamic DR Sensor
  • RadPRO 40kW Digital Mobile X-ray System
  • RadPRO Digital Upgrade Kit for AMX 4/4+
  • RadPRO 4kW Digital Portable X-ray System
  • CYPHER print server
  • FluoroPRO Digital RF Uprade Solution
Optical and Imaging Heritage of Canon

Canon's extensive optical imaging heritage has allowed the Company to make a significant mark in the medical imaging market, particularly when it comes to high-quality, affordable DR solutions and innovations. With its solid heritage and expertise as a foundation, Canon continues to develop and deliver medical imaging solutions that will support its status as an industry innovator for years to come.

Since 1997, Canon Medical Systems has introduced 12 generations of flat panel sensors including – the Canon CXDI-11, Canon CXDI-22, Canon CXDI-31, Canon CXDI-40G, Canon CXDI-50G, Canon CXDI-40C, Canon CXDI-40EG, Canon CXDI-50C, Canon CXDI-40EC, Canon CXDI-60G, CXDI-40G COMPACT, Canon CXDI-55G, Canon CXDI-55C and the Canon CXDI-60C flat panel sensors – offering a full range of DR system solutions for various applications.

Canon U.S.A. has delivered over 4,000 DR sensor panels throughout Canada, the United States and Latin America, part of more than 10,000 DR systems that have been installed worldwide by the Canon family of companies.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number four in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2009 list, and is on the 2009 BusinessWeek list of "100 Best Global Brands." Canon is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all products. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

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Availability and specifications subject to change without notice.

1Canon CXDI-50RF Dynamic DR Sensor has not yet been cleared by the FDA. This device has a 510(k) pending clearance with the FDA. Not for sale or lease in the United States.

2FDA clearance does not in any way denote official FDA approval of this device.

3Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine

4Not intended for mammography use.

5Examples based on typical settings, rated in pages/images per minute with letter-sized documents, up to 200 dpi. Actual processing speeds may vary based on PC performance and application software.

6RadPRO URS with Canon CXDI-50RF Dynamic DR Sensor has not yet been cleared by the FDA. This device has a 510(k) pending clearance with the FDA. Not for sale or lease in the United States.

† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office