Carestream CR approved for mammo in
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Carestream
Health, Inc., announced it has received regulatory approval from Health
Canada for the mammography feature offered with its new KODAK DIRECTVIEW
Classic and Elite CR systems.
This approval will allow Canadian healthcare facilities to perform
mammography exams with these versatile CR systems, which also can be
used for general radiography, long-length and dental exams.
The KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR Mammography Feature includes: two-up image
printing aligned with the narrow chest wall; support for interfaces that
expedite the exchange of image information with other vendors’ digital
mammography and RIS/PACS systems; and reduction of digital artifacts at
the skin line.
The single-cassette Classic and Elite CR platforms deliver exceptional
value by accepting standard KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR cassettes and performing
a wide range of exams that eliminates the need for additional CR units.
The new Classic and Elite CR systems can also help improve productivity
and workflow with automatic image rendering that eliminates the need for
technologists to identify each exam projection and by allowing users to
create customized settings for image presentation (by exam type/body
part), which reduces the need for radiologists to make adjustments.
These systems incorporate Carestream Health’s new CR operating software
that includes new KODAK DIRECTVIEW EVP Plus Image Processing Software.
The new image processing software expands image presentation options by
allowing parameters such as contrast and brightness to be adjusted
independently and by enabling user-customized image presentation.
The software processes multiple exposures on a single cassette
independently, automatically identifies multiple radiation fields in an
image and applies masking so that each field is processed and rendered
as a unique image. Images are automatically rendered without the need
for technologists to identify body part or projection information to
speed workflow and reduce the possibility for errors.
Other new features include the ability to make adjustments to zoomed
images and improved connectivity with other devices.
The new Classic and Elite CR systems are designed for hospitals,
diagnostic imaging centers, multi-specialty clinics and private
practices. The Elite CR system offers a throughput of up to 98 cassettes
per hour, which includes loading, scanning, erasing and ejecting a 35 x
43 cm cassette. The Classic CR system features throughput of up to 68
cassettes an hour for a 35 x 43 cm cassette.
Both platforms accept KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR cassettes and phosphor screens
in the following sizes: 18 x 24 cm, 24 x 30 cm, 35 x 35 cm, 35 x 43 cm,
15 x 30 cm and 35 x 84 cm.
The user interface display and PC are separate from the CR reader so
users can choose from several flat panel monitor displays and mounting
Carestream Health, an independent company, has licensed the KODAK brand
for use with its own brands – such as CARESTREAM, DIRECTVIEW and DRYVIEW
– across its portfolio of leading-edge medical imaging and healthcare IT
About Carestream Health, Inc.
Carestream Health, Inc., is a leading provider of dental and medical
imaging systems and healthcare IT solutions; molecular imaging systems
for the life science research and drug discovery/development market
segments; and x-ray film and digital x-ray products for the
non-destructive testing market. The company was formed in 2007 when Onex
Corporation (TSX: OCX.TO) purchased Eastman Kodak Company’s Health
Group. For more information about Carestream Health, visit