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Rad-icon Introduces the SkiaGraph10 EV 8 x 10” Extended-Voltage X-Ray Panel

Posted 9/29/2009

Sunnyvale, CA – Rad-icon Imaging, a leading provider of high-performance CMOS image sensors and cameras for the digital radiography market worldwide and a division of DALSA Corporation (Waterloo, Ontario), today announced the general availability of the SkiaGraph10 EV, a further addition to its product line of Very Large Area (VLA) digital CMOS x-ray cameras.

The high-performance SkiaGraph10 EV camera features 25% more active area than its predecessors in the SkiaGraph product line. Consistent with the earlier SkiaGraph8 products, the SkiaGraph10 EV supports x-ray energies up to 160 kVp; features low power consumption; and provides excellent DQE, higher resolution, and higher sensitivity than competing devices in the market.

Larger area panels enable medical radiologists and industrial inspectors to image proportionally larger subjects in a field where images cannot be reduced by optical coupling. With CMOS technology, these large area panels are essential to building a cost-effective, high-performing digital imaging system. Other imaging technologies, such as image intensifiers and CCDs, yield imaging solutions with bulky form factors, troubling distortion, or cassette-based output. Whereas CMOS x-ray cameras – like Rad-icon’s SkiaGraph10 EV – solve the issues of form factor, image output, and storage by delivering high performance, high sensitivity, and superior resolution in a compact form factor at a cost-efficient price.

“We’re excited to extend our standard product line of large area x-ray cameras with the new SkiaGraph10 EV. This panel features a quantum advance of active imaging area by providing 25% more silicon real estate than existing products,” said Thorsten Achterkirchen, General Manager of Rad-icon Imaging Corporation and Vice President of DALSA Corporation. “The SkiaGraph10 EV represents an important step in our product development towards larger and high-performing x-ray imaging panels.”

SkiaGraph10 EV camera builds upon a tiled configuration of Rad-icon’s RadEye100 very large area (VLA) CMOS image sensors to achieve a total active sensing area of 8” x 10” (20 x 25 cm). The cameras are capable of real-time imaging at up to 1.4 fps (5.3 fps in binned mode), 12-bit or 14-bit digital contrast resolution, 5 lp/mm spatial resolution, and feature a choice of scintillators providing impressive sensitivity as high as 500 ADU/mR. A Gd2O2S (Gadox) integrated direct-contact scintillator converts x-ray photons into visible light that is sensed by the CMOS photodiodes. A thin graphite cover protects the sensor from accidental damage as well as ambient light. Analog signals from the photodiode sensors are digitized in eight or more parallel A/D channels and then interleaved for maximum transmission across a high-speed parallel digital interface.

The SkiaGraph10 EV camera is optimized for medical imaging up to 160 kVp for applications such as general radiography, tissue biopsy, and bone densitometry as well as for industrial inspection/non-destructive testing (NDT) applications such as plastics and composite inspection.

About Rad-icon Imaging
Rad-icon Imaging (Santa Clara, CA.), a division of DALSA Corporation (Waterloo, Ontario), is a leading provider of high-performance CMOS image sensors and cameras for the digital radiography market worldwide. Rad-icon Imaging’s products enable medical practitioners, industrial manufacturers, and scientific researchers to create superior image quality, high resolution, and large active area images based on our CMOS active pixel sensor (APS) technology. Rad-icon’s products address diverse applications such as tissue biopsy, non-destructive testing, circuit board testing, and crystallography. Rad-icon Imaging’s customers are able to implement cost-effective and high-performance digital imaging solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.rad-icon.com or call (408) 736-6000.

About DALSA Corporation
DALSA is an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors with approximately 1000 employees world-wide. Established in 1980, the Company designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing semiconductor products and services. DALSA's core competencies are in specialized integrated circuit and electronics technology, software, and highly engineered semiconductor wafer processing. Products and services include image sensor components (CCD and CMOS); electronic digital cameras; vision processors; image processing software; and semiconductor wafer foundry services for use in MEMS, high-voltage semiconductors, image sensors and mixed-signal CMOS chips. DALSA is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "DSA" and has its corporate offices in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Media Contacts:
Alana Achterkirchen
Director of Marketing
Rad-icon Imaging
Tel: 408-736-6000
Email: alana@rad-icon.com
www.rad-icon.com
 

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