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New table top imager offers mammography-quality images

Agfa HealthCare Benelux : 26 November, 2007  (New Product)
Agfa HealthCare is introducing its Drystar Axys tabletop imager to the US market.
Drystar Axys is a compact hardcopy solution designed to fit a full range of applications including mammography, CT (Computed Tomography), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), Computed Radiography (CR), and Direct Radiography (DR).

The Drystar Axys is a multi-application, Direct Digital Imager (DDI) delivering mammography-quality images with 508 dpi image resolution, very short access time, and full flexibility with two film sizes on-line. The solution is currently the only tabletop dry hardcopy printer on the market that meets the stringent mammography requirements of the US market.

Agfa HealthCare's Drystar Axys has been designed with maximum user friendliness and user convenience in mind. Input trays can be loaded with media in daylight without concern for ambient light. Two fully flexible input trays accept five media sizes and three film types (blue-clear-mammography), meeting the diverse media requirements of a busy centralised workflow environment. The compact design of the Drystar Axys means that it can be installed in space-restricted environments or, using an optional mobile mounting kit, in mobile vans.

All Agfa HealthCare's Drystar imagers incorporate the company's Direct Digital Imaging (DDI) technology, a software that controls every pixel in an image for excellent and consistent image quality. The award-winning DDI software includes A#Sharp technology, which enhances imaging capability, for sharper image quality across all applications.

At the Ev. Jung-Stilling-Krankenhaus in Siegen, Germany, an acute-care facility with 414 beds, Agfa HealthCare's Drystar Axys has already been installed. The hospital has been evaluating the solution since early September 2007. In addition to mammography, the desktop imager is used for general radiology. 'The system reliably prints excellent, premium quality images, which is indispensable in discerning small and subtle structures of the mamma', says Dr Dieter Hebborn, radiology centre intern. 'This system delivers diagnostic quality printouts of breast images.'

'The Drystar Axys' ability to handle different requirements in a table-top solution means that it will function as a central point, or axis; of delivery in many facilities, and this is reflected in the name we have chosen for this state-of-the-art imager,' states Jan Leeuws, Agfa HealthCare global business unit manager film and print. 'Its ability to handle multiple applications, including mammography quality images, one of the most demanding of all imaging requirements, makes this solution a convenient, all-around solution, meeting the needs of all types of healthcare facilities and departments.'
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