Digital radiography system with extended functionality

Shimadzu has released its new digital radiography system,
the  RADspeed Pro EDGE,  which provides a wide range of
functionalities: from tomosynthesis via dual-energy subtraction to modern
auto-stitching to support diagnostics in clinical applications. General
radiography systems are of course used for many different parts of the body,
such as the chest and abdomen or bones and joints; in orthopedic surgery they
have become an important instrument for the initial diagnosis of a wide variety
of diseases. Over recent years, radiography systems with digital detectors have
in particular gained dramatically increasing importance. 

The RADspeed Pro EDGE
combines the advantages of the well-known RADspeed Pro series in one instrument
– for example the highly praised easy operability or the comprehensive measures
to reduce exposure levels. Numerous further functionalities can be added:
tomosynthesis, allowing the generation of continuous cross-sectional images based
on just one single tomographic scan; dual-energy subtraction producing images
of soft tissues and bone tissues, or the auto-stitching method for images
covering the entire lower extremities or entire spine. I. Shimadzu has drawn on
its extensive experience with tomosynthesis applications for fluoroscopy
systems and used it for the development of the new digital radiography system.
Tomosynthesis enables multiple digital cross-section images from a single
linear tomography scan.

subtraction utilizes the difference in X-ray absorption levels of bones and
soft tissue to generate separate images of soft tissue and bone tissue, in
addition to projection radiography images. This separation is achieved by
successively applying high and low voltages and then using subsequent separate
image processing. This enables visualization of nodes obscured behind ribs in
the soft tissue of the chest area or calcifications in bone structures,