Award-Winning Agfa DR 800 Showcased at AHRA

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The Agfa DR 800 was on display at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and Exposition. It is a multipurpose digital radiography solution delivers radiography, fluoroscopy and advanced clinical applications in a single investment.

Agfa announces earlier this year that it received Frost & Sullivan’s 2019 award for New Product Innovation Leader in the Global Multipurpose Digital Radiography Systems Market. The award further highlights the value proposition of Agfa’s DR systems, which “revolves around maximizing patient care quality and safety, while still optimizing total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI)”.

Previously, Frost & Sullivan recognized the strong overall performance of Agfa’s comprehensive DR portfolio with the North American Product Leadership Award for Digital Radiography, in 2016.

This newest award distinguishes Agfa’s DR 800 multipurpose digital imaging system. The prestigious recognition is based on Frost & Sullivan’s extensive and ongoing analysis of the multipurpose DR systems market.

The award report describes how technology previously kept static and dynamic (fluoroscopy) imaging separate, due in part to different detector material optimization, which allowed either the use of low-dose beams for real-time imaging or of stronger X-ray beams for single-shot imaging.  Newer technologies, including Cesium Iodide (CsI), however, enable static and dynamic imaging to be brought together.

Frost & Sullivan recognizes that, with the innovative DR 800, Agfa has tapped into this new opportunity. The 3-in-1 system enables clinicians to perform general radiography and a full range of fluoroscopy examinations in one integrated, versatile imaging room, without a separate investment in fluoroscopy.

The award also highlights that the MUSICA Dynamic Multi-Scale Image Contrast Amplification processing further strengthens the value-driven proposition of the DR 800 in digital radiography.

According to the report, “Agfa aligns design features and state-of-the-art technologies, including its best-in-class Dynamic MUSICA, to set higher image quality, workflow productivity and dose optimization standards. The DR 800 allows healthcare organizations to… generate efficiencies through increased utilization rates, minimize exam preparation and procedure times, and provide high-quality, patient-centered care.”

Frost & Sullivan also praises Agfa’s “purposeful design and customer-driven innovation” approach to addressing unmet market needs. It describes how the company “worked alongside radiologists, technologists, and administrators at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Florida Hospital, the largest healthcare provider in the US Southeast, while designing the DR 800 system.”

The report concludes that the DR 800 “allows healthcare organizations to optimize total cost of ownership and return on investment, maximizing productivity while providing high-quality, patient-centered care. Its commitment to technological leadership and customer-driven innovation earn Agfa the 2019 Frost & Sullivan Global New Product Innovation Award.”

“We are delighted to again be recognized by Frost & Sullivan not only for our DR solutions, but also for our customer-driven development approach and our commitment to delivering value and performance,” comments Georges Espada,  Head of Business Unit CR & DR at Agfa. “The DR 800 is a clear result of this approach. We like to use the analogy of a Swiss army knife to describe it: it is adept at doing any procedure without compromising quality. Hospitals can use the DR 800 X-ray room all day long for different procedures; for instance, fluoroscopy in the mornings, radiographic work at nighttime, and, in the afternoon, procedures requiring a sterile field such as biopsies or speech pathologist studies.”

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