We succeeded in creating a new technology whereby a CsI scintillator is made to contact directly over a TFT＊1 sensor panel without any protective layer in between them. This technology has made it possible to guide the light emitted from the scintillator to the photodiode without causing the light to be dispersed at the interface with the TFT sensor.
- Scintillator Direct-Contact Technology
- High Image Quality
- Universal Solution for the Existing X-ray Room
- Shared FPD Solution
- Quick Preview and Smart GUI
- Power-saving Technology
- New Battery Technology Achieves Light-weight yet Rigid Body
- Reliable, Rapidly Rechargeable and Long-Life Battery
- World’s Lightest Weight Wireless FPD
- Durable Monocoque Structured Cassette
- Sealed and Protected Scintillator
High Image Quality
The optimal combination of the Aero DR detector using a KonicaMinolta CsI scintillator combined with the newly developed low noise readout ICs delivers a high DQE＊3.
At the same time, we achieved the wider dynamic range of DR comparable to CR. This means that in radiography of shoulder joints, for example, the Aero DR permits describing the skin line accurately even when the radiographic conditions change along the way.
Quick Preview and Smart GUI
After exposure, a preview image immediately appears on the display of the new CS-7 console in less than two seconds. The CS-7 has a user-friendly graphic interface adding new and powerful proprietary functions. GUI design can be modified to customer preferences flexibly, succeeding the conventional console design.
Patient safety is of primary importance, therefore the lithium ion capacitor, the world newest technology, was adopted as a battery technology which has many advantages despite of demanding a lower power consuming panel design, which has been overcome by employing low power ICs and a power-saving control.
New Battery Technology Achieves Light-weight yet Rigid Body
The lithium ion capacitor has a charge and discharge cycle life that is tremendously longer than a lithium ion battery and does not markedly decrease in capacity even after it has continuously been used for many years. Therefore, it is possible to be built in to Aero DR and also friendly to the environment. In this case, the structure of the cassette case has become so simple that it is possible to significantly reduce the weight of the cassette and increase the mechanical strength of the cassette.
Reliable, Rapidly Rechargeable and Long-Life Battery
The lithium ion capacitor, which charges quickly in a battery charger or through a tethered connection, has a long charge and discharge cycle life that does not need to be replaced during the expected life cycle of the detector. If the capacitor gets exhausted in emergency, Aero DR gets over 10 images by the capacitor being recharged for only three minutes.
World’s Lightest Weight Wireless FPD
The Aero DR Detector is the lightest FPD in the world weighing as little as 2.9 kg (6.3 lbs) and supports wireless networking which transmits captured images to the console. Technologists can easily perform non bucky exams such as table top or cross table projections.
Durable Monocoque Structured Cassette
We adopted the “Monocoque case” to ensure trouble-free operation even under substantial shock or load. Since the battery is incorporated in the cassette (it need not be replaced), it is unnecessary to provide the case with a notch for battery replacement which reduces the rigidity of the case. Because of this, the cassette case that is appreciably light in weight has sufficient rigidity. Thanks in part to the buffer effect of the built-in battery, the load bearing performance of the cassette is the same as that of our CR cassette.
Sealed and Protected Scintillator
In order to prevent the CsI crystal from being deformed by local concentration of external force, a double-glass structure in which the CsI scintillator glass plate and the TF T panel glass plate are overlapped and sealed together is adopted for Aero DR. The double-glass structure not only enhances the load-bearing performance but also prevents the scintillator edge from being deformed by a mechanical shock (e.g., fall or striking of the cassette) and the TFT sensor panel glass plate from being broken.