The optimal combination of the AeroDR detector, using a Konica Minolta CsI scintillator, combined with newly developed low noise readout ICs delivers a high DQE (Detective Quantum EffIciency) At the same time, we achieved a wider dynamic range of DR comparable to CR. This means that, for example in radiography of shoulder joints, the AeroDR permits describing the skin line accurately even with variable radiographic conditions.
AeroDR can be used anywhere with “the Shared FPD Solution”. As soon as AeroDR is registered to any X-ray room, AeroDR will be ready to use in the X-ray room immediately.
CS-7 can control not only the AeroDR detectors but also X-ray generators and Konica Minolta's existing CR family. There is no need to operate the X-ray console to adjust X-ray exposure conditions. For more details regarding connections between an X-ray generator and CS-7 please contact your Konica Minolta sales representative.
The AeroDR detector is the same as an ISO 4090 compliant film cassette in size, so that it will fit any existing wall-stand or table bucky tray without modification.
After exposure, a preview image immediately appears on the display of the CS-7 console in less than three 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's newest technology, was adopted as a battery technology. This technology has many advantages, such as quick charging times and no risk of overheating. To increase battery performance we employed low power ICs and a power-saving design.
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 that of a lithium ion battery and does not markedly decrease in capacity even after it has continuously been used for many years. Therefore, it could be built in to the AeroDR and is also friendly to the environment. As a result the structure of the cassette case has become so simple that it was possible to significantly reduce the weight and increase the mechanical strength of the cassette.
The lithium ion capacitor, which charges quickly in a battery charger or through a tethered connection, has a long charge and discharge cycle life. Therefore it does not need to be replaced during the expected life cycle of the detector. By placing the capacitor in the charger for only three minutes, it's possible to perform more than 10 exposures, thus the AeroDR is always ready.
The AeroDR Detector is the lightest FPD in the world weighing just 2.9kg 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.
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.
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 TFT panel glass plate are overlapped and sealed together is adopted for AeroDR. 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.