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Radlink says CR Pro expected to offer better digital images
By KAREN YOUNG Diagnostics & Imaging Week Staff Writer
In a move that the company said ?opens the door for computed radiography [CR] to be more available to healthcare providers nationwide,? the FDA has granted Radlink (Redondo Beach, California) clearance for the sale and distribution of its CR Pro machine.
Radlink said the system has been in development for two years, and the company exhibited the CR Pro at the recent annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (Oak Brook, Illinois) at Chicago?s McCormick Place convention center.
?We have two products on the market currently, one of which was cleared by the FDA that is a digitizer, a machine that simply processes X-ray film and converts it into digital [images],? CEO Thomas Hacking told Diagnostics & Imaging Week. ?The other products we have are related software applications that we sell independently, and those don?t need FDA approval.?
The CR Pro system uses Radlink?s sealed fiber-optic laser technology to deliver what it called ?high-resolution, diagnostic-quality images that provide long-term image quality.?
?What our CR machine does is eliminate the entire step that converts image to film,? Hacking said. ?We eliminate film altogether.?