Posted by TheMedGuru News... on January 07, 2009

Kolkata, India, January 7: India may soon update its prolonged and outdated X-ray technology to the advanced digital system for better healthcare quality and reliability. GE Healthcare is to launch India’s first digital X-ray system, ‘Tejas DR-F’.

X-ray, which is the primary and most widely used diagnostic imaging tool, has remained most under-developed imaging specialty in India. The fact that every Indian citizen on an average undergoes a medical x-ray examination annually makes it imperative that high quality healthcare technology should be employed in this front.

Digital X-ray system promises high-end and higher quality diagnostic systems for a better healthcare. As asserted by Dr. Rajarshi Bahadur of Atulya Healthcare, Chandigarh, digital X-ray machine can aid in better diagnosis as it provides better image quality with lesser artifacts, leaving no room for doubt. Post processing which is possible only in the case of digital images can further improve the image quality, hence leading to better diagnosis.

Digital image acquisition supports fast and efficient exam procedures, eliminating time spent in handling film and cassettes, as well as reliability issues inherent in cassette tray systems.

Currently, if there is an error or quality issue in the x-ray report, patients have to go for a repeated exam, which requires them to make a trip to the imaging center again. With digital x-ray, all of these difficulties are ruled out as the images can be seen instantly on the screen.

In conventional x-ray, several processes are involved in converting the x-ray signal that travels from the x-ray tube to the patient and to the cassette tray. Several additional processes are performed to make a hard copy output.

Digital technology with its high image quality and automated tools simplify operation and difficult to do exams. Consistent and superior image quality helps reduce re-takes and instant image generation saves precious time. Digital detector enables high x-ray absorption, and low-noise electronics take full advantage of the available signal, to help reduce dose, significantly.

GE’s Tejas DR-F, which incorporates all of the above mentioned functionalities, will be manufactured in Bangalore as part of company’s "In India, for India" program.

Speaking about the growing healthcare market, Mr. V Raja, President and CEO, GE Healthcare South Asia, said, "Tejas DR-F is our new year's gift to support the safety of the large Indian population and technology deprived Indian healthcare professionals. Last year we launched the Tejas XR 6000, the only analog (film) X-ray upgradeable to digital manufactured in India. Today, we introduce Tejas DR-F, the only true digital X-ray system manufactured in India, with a truly Indian price-tag. Tejas DR-F has been designed keeping in mind the needs of the clinician, radiographer and patient. This is in line with our vision of 'Early Health' and we will continuously endeavour to bring in affordable solutions to fill in the technology gap in India".

Mr Shireesh Sahai, General Manager, Primary Care said, "We have started the 'In India, for India' program with the approach to bring global quality technology to India at Indian prices. Tejas is the latest example of this initiative. Though there are 60000 + X-ray systems operational in India, only few systems are truly digital and provide world-class diagnosis quality. It is a huge gap and an opportunity”.

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