Shimadzu, the worldwide manufacturer of diagnostic imaging equipment, has released a brand-new digital mobile X-ray system called MobileDaRt Evolution. This general-purpose system integrates all most-modern features available on the market. Besides advanced specifications, the handle height option is absolutely unique, making it easy for taller personnel to operate and move the system. All of these features have been developed as a result of market research conducted by Shimadzu, which identified maneuverability (36%), image quality and X-ray-penetration (20% of each) as the features most valued by operators using mobile systems.

The MobileDaRt Evolution is the next generation of the MobileArt series, a family of systems awarded the Growth Strategy Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan. The latest development MobileDaRt Evolution is based on is long-term experience and high-level of engineering, merged with the continuous review of clinical feedback.

The system represents an evolutionary change in mobile diagnostic imaging equipment and procedures, in terms of mobility, operability and image quality.

“Our research and development is guided by a simple but central mission: to offer the best possible diagnostics with the highest patient and user-friendliness,” says Thomas Nordhoff, senior manager, medical systems, Shimadzu Europe.

Blur-free images

State-of-the-art technology includes rapid radiography with a maximum capacity of 32kW, ensuring blur-free images, even under difficult conditions, such as radiography in emergency cases where it is difficult to maintain a stable posture. MobileDaRt Evolution produces high-output X-rays, allowing radiography to be performed faster than before.

“Film-less” operation through flat panel detector

MobileDaRt Evolution is equipped with a thin 14in x 17in flat panel detector (FPD) providing “film-less” operation. The high-performance FPD ensures high resolution and sharp images, covering large examination regions. Furthermore, images can be validated on the spot, just three seconds after exposure. A newly developed small-sized 9in x 11in FPD is particularly suitable for pediatric use, fitting well into standard incubators. As there is no need to replace cassettes, radiography can be performed on several people without having to consider the number of film or CR-cassettes. All these features add up to cost and workflow efficiency.

The MobileDaRt Evolution has a long stroke on its ultra-long arm (up to 1,200mm), making even the most difficult imaging situations accessible. The cross-arm is freely rotatable 270° in either clockwise or counter clockwise direction. There is no need to reposition the unit in narrow spaces.

General purpose system, including pediatrics applications

The MobileDaRt Evolution is the premium solution to mobile X-ray imaging for digitalisation of patient wards, emergency rooms (ER), traumatology, intensive care units (ICU) and pediatrics. For pediatric examinations, an X-ray beam filtration can be provided. This technique reduces the X-ray dose as children are much more sensitive to radiation than adults.

DICOM supported workflow

The MobileDaRt Evolution supports DICOM modalities (print, store, and modality worklist management). By using the LAN cable provided, output data can be transferred to a laser print, image server or viewer. The system can communicate with network equipment using wireless LAN compatibility, thereby creating a network-connection environment that provides even greater freedom.

“Inch-mover” buttons

The MobileDaRt Evolution can be moved forward or backward by using the bedside drive controls located on the front of the collimator. Safety is a major consideration and any sudden force applied to the handle during “inch-mover” operation stops the system automatically. In addition, X-ray irradiation is also disabled automatically during any movement of the system.