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Radiography market focuses on value in the COVID-19 era

por Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | November 23, 2020
From the November 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

The application is part of the trend, reinforced by the pandemic, to manage radiology departments remotely, said Guillermo Sander, director of marketing and digital radiography for Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas. It is also designed to help departments optimize personnel performance and patient satisfaction, including reducing image rejects and retakes.

“We have to make sure we do everything we need with one step,” Sander said.

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The application captures data from all X-ray rooms and across multiple facilities, with the ability to view data from any computer or mobile device.

Recently, 20/20 Imaging, a division of Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc., introduced a digital tool to streamline Penning Analysis, a method to document a patient’s range of motion, for the Opal-Chiro Digital Retrofit DR solution.

Penning Analysis is considered to be the most widely accepted and utilized method for determining flexion/extension motion in a patient’s cervical spine, though it’s normally a time-consuming, manual process using extension and flexion radiographic films to measure the degree of motion between each segment of the cervical spine and occiput.

“Chiropractors have a different set of needs,” Sander said.

20/20 Imaging developed the tool in collaboration with chiropractor Daniel Lyons.

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LG is new to the radiography space, but after entering into the surgical monitor space, the company began introducing its DXD flat panel detectors about two years ago.

“We saw the rad market as a good entry for LG into the medical imaging world” said Brian Whitaker, senior account manager for the ID B2B Division at LG Electronics, U.S.A. Inc. “LG’s strategy is to come in at a competitive cost, while providing better design and quality.”

The company’s latest X-ray product is a hybrid panel with fluoroscopy and general radiography capabilities, the panel will run at eight frames per second to allow for Tomographic imaging.

The panels come in 14-inch-by-17-inch wireless and 17-inch-by-17-inch wireless and tethered models. They’re made with a magnesium and carbon-fiber body, similar to the company’s TVs and refrigerators.

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