Canon to enter medical fluoroscopic device market

Canon announced plans to enter the medical fluoroscopic device market with the development of a new portable flat-panel DR (digital radiography) system capable of both viewing dynamic and capturing static X-ray images. Building on the outstanding image quality and speed of the Canon CXDI series for radiography, Canon developed a compact, lightweight DR system capable of both viewing moving images and capturing static X-ray images. The newly developed prototype accommodates standard static X-ray image capture of the chest area and extremities; it also enables “X-ray fluoroscopy,” which radiographers can use to observe dynamic images of internal organs, such as those used in digestion, for optimal timing in capturing static images.

Improving and expanding the lineup of its X-ray DR systems to include a system capable of capturing both fluoroscopic and radiographic images will allow Canon to further expand the market for these products, as well as support the advancement of medical institutions for digitization and soft copy diagnostic reading. Canon is currently developing the system for a commercial release, which it plans for the latter half of 2009