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Since there are so many different Computed Radiography systems out there currently, it can be hard to know which one is best for your facility. Researching all these models can prove to be an extremely time-consuming task.

Tue Feb 12 2013By Jonathan Payne

Since there are so many different Computed Radiography systems out there currently, it can be hard to know which one is best for your facility. Researching all these models can prove to be an extremely time-consuming task.  However, difficult though it may be, the research HAS to be done. Nothing is more imperative to an equipment purchase than getting the right tool for the job. Just like you would not cut your grass with a pair of scissors or film a Hollywood production with an iPhone, a conscientious facility like yours would not be satisfied with any other CR system other than the model with the best balance of cost and throughput.

Below you will find comparisons between the AGFA CR25 and the AGFA CR75.

The AGFA CR25 allows it to be placed easily at any location. Designed with ease of use in mind, it requires only a standard wall-outlet. The AGFA CR25 is a highly versatile CR Unit and offers a broad range of applications. It offers an ideal solution for any decentralized Computed Radiography environment. AGFA CR25 can handle General Radiology, Orthopedics, Dental and Pediatric applications. The AGFA CR25 CR System is also a perfect complement to existing centralized CR systems. The CR 25.0 reads imaging plates at a standard resolution of 6 pixels/mm. 10 pixels/mm high resolution capability is available for all image plate sizes. 20 pixels/mm resolution will be available for dedicated 18 x 24 cm and 24 x 30 cm mammography and extremities cassettes and plates.

The AGFA CR75 on the other hand yields the highest productivity. The cassette buffer eliminates waiting times and allows for a continuous workflow within the department. Zero-button operation with automated cassette handling makes AGFA CR 75.0 a highly productive and user-friendly system with a throughput of up to 115 plates an hour, depending on size and application. The AGFA CR 75.0 DIGITIZER maximizes productivity for the complete range of clinical applications.

 

Manufacturer

Model

Throughput (Cassettes per hour)

# of Feeds(Cassettes loaded at once)

AGFA

CR25

72

1

AGFA

CR75

100-116

10

These numbers are based on using standard 14 X 17 cassettes. Actual throughput may vary when non-standard sizes are used.

If you are in the market for your next CR system, there are some great used machines out there. One can easily save 30% or more off the brand-new prices of most CR units. However, there is a little more homework that will need to be done if you truly want the best CR fit for your facility. Talk to your doctors and techs about your current machine.  Also, be sure to look at your patient schedules over the last six months. Be sure to take things like how many scans did you actually do in an average week into account. Having your site-specific averages in hand will help to ensure that you do not overspend on a machine that you don’t necessarily need.

Looking for more information on Computed Radiography systems?  Visit Multi Imager!

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