News Release

March 1, 2011
Canon Inc.

Canon develops company's first compact-cassette-size wireless digital radiography system

TOKYO, March 1, 2011—Canon Inc. announced today the achievement of a new milestone in its CXDI series of digital radiography (DR)*1 systems with the development of the company's first compact-cassette-size wireless DR system.

In October 2010, Canon introduced its first wireless DR system, the CXDI-70C Wireless, a cassette-size model that has enjoyed favorable reception due to its optimal operability and high-resolution, high-quality imaging performance. Aiming to realize a market launch in the latter half of 2011, the newly developed compact-cassette-size system maintains the same high performance as that offered by the CXDI-70C Wireless while achieving reductions in size and weight.

The newly developed wireless DR system features a compact, lightweight body design measuring 307 (w) x 384 (d) x 15 mm (h) and weighing approximately 2.5 kg. The device delivers exceptional portability ideally suited for use in such disciplines as orthopedics, which requires X-rays of hands, elbows, feet and knees in particularly high frequency, or when examining newborns. Incorporating a high-resolution, high-image-quality sensor with a pixel pitch of 125 microns and a Cesium Iodide (CsI) scintillator boasting exceptional light-conversion efficiency, the unit makes possible high-definition images while reducing X-ray exposure.

The device shares a common system with the CXDI-70C Wireless, enabling use without the need to modify existing CXDI-70C Wireless systems.*2 When used together with the CXDI-70C Wireless, the newly developed DR system will support the imaging of various body regions, including the head and chest area, abdomen and extremities.

Canon will be displaying a prototype version of the new DR system at the Canon booth during the ECR (European Congress of Radiology) 2011 in Vienna, Austria, from March 3 to 7, 2011.

  • *1DR systems employ a scintillator that converts X-rays into visible light, and a large-scale flat-panel sensor to directly pick up the light to generate an image
  • *2Usage may not be possible depending on usage environments