NDT.net Nov 2005, Vol. 10 No.11

New Decentralized CR System from Array Combines Speed, Quality and Value

HAMPTON, N.H., November 2, 2005:
Hospitals and smaller to mid-range imaging centers and radiographic offices now have a decentralized, lower-cost alternative to Computed Radiography (CR), with the new IPANEMA CR system from Array Corporation USA, known worldwide for its Array 2905 Laser Film Digitizer.

Making its debut at RSNA 2005 (November 27-December 2, McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill.), the Array IPANEMA addresses a growing need for systems with a compact, decentralized and completely self-contained approach to CR. Unlike larger, high-volume CR systems requiring separate spaces for host computers and readers, all processing and reading takes place within a single, self-contained IPANEMA unit. With IPANEMA, it is possible for technologists to remain with their patients, without leaving the room with cassettes, as IPANEMA processes and reads images quickly and accurately.

With a minimal footprint of just 19 X 21 inches, IPANEMA requires little floor space, ideal for even the smallest radiographic offices.

The new DICOM SCU-compatible Array IPANEMA CR unit features a 60-second total cycle time for a 14x17 imaging plate at standard, diagnostic resolution. IPANEMA also handles 14x14, 10x12 and 8x10 cassettes. It provides a throughput of up to 60 IP's per hour, and 12 bits depth (4096 steps). A 660nm laser light source, PMT sensor and 84 micrometer pixel spacing means powerful capabilities in one compact CR solution.

"While most of today's pioneering CR products allow customers to take full advantage of the power of CR in centralized, high-volume applications, until now the market has not addressed the volume needs and economics of lower- and mid-volume range users, including dedicated radiographic rooms in hospitals to small radiographic offices," states Thomas J. Nardozzi, president of Array Corporation USA. "With the advent of IPANEMA, these users now have the flexibility to address their current lower-volume requirements and budgets, and grow accordingly. This new unit offers an excellent combination of speed, quality and value, backed by Array's decades of experience and success in the imaging market."

The Array IPANEMA will be demonstrated at RSNA by UltraRad Corporation, Booth #4171 in the South Hall. UltraRad Corporation is a national distributor of Array products, total PACS solutions and scalable digital offerings for every imaging application.

Shipment of IPANEMA is expected in late Spring 2006. Regulatory approvals are pending. For more information about Array products, services and imaging solutions, please visit www.arrayusa.com, or call toll-free at (866) 680-7500. For more information about UltraRad products, services and imaging solutions, please visit www.ultraradcorp.com, or call toll free at (800) 719-9372.

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