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DALSA Introduces PC-based, Real-Time Digital Image Processor Board for X-ray Imaging

CHICAGO – RSNA 2009 – Booth # 7117 – November 30, 2009 - DALSA [TSX: DSA], a global leader in digital imaging technology, today announced the introduction of its XRI-1600 digital image processor, which is ideal for X-ray imaging applications. At RSNA 2009, the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America held at McCormick Place in Chicago, DALSA will be demonstrating the XRI-1600 at Booth #7117 (North Building, Hall B) from November 29 – December 4, 2009. Specifically engineered for demanding X-ray instrumentation and radioscopy, the XRI-1600 is capable of handling a wide range of resolutions, pixel depths and frame rates.

 High Quality Diagnostic Pictures with DALSA’s Image Processing Engine
The XRI-1600 image processor is able to generate such high quality diagnostic pictures due to the incorporation of DALSA’s Image Processing Engine™ (IPE). The IPE is specially designed for X-ray imaging applications and performs real-time digital image processing in three dynamic stages. These stages are: input image conditioning; motion compensated noise reduction; and output image conditioning. In the first stage, the IPE is capable of performing shading correction, lens correction, and image realignment as required, without sacrificing system performance. In the second stage, the XRI-1600 features a user configurable, motion-compensated noise reduction algorithm that is optimized for both static and dynamic images. The third stage enables image rotation and/or flip, along with image enhancement and masking.

Inder Kohli, Product Line Manager for DALSA, states, “DALSA’s XRI-1600 performs adaptive image processing through the Image Processing Engine to reduce noise in both still and dynamic images and greatly improve image quality and image contrast. This is a key requirement of X-ray and radioscopy applications which typically exhibit low contrast, high-noise, and contain motion artifacts.”

Key Features
Key features include:
  • Adaptive Image Averaging - reduces noise in both still and dynamic images;
  • Programmable Digital Filter - improves image quality and contrast;
  • Local Image Storage - increases reliability and processing time;
  • Flexible Input Data Formats - support high-resolution images with up to 14-bit/pixel CCD, CMOS, flat panel detectors and linear array scanners
  • XRI-SDK – dedicated software development toolkit for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
Powerful Software Development Tools
The XRI-1600 is designed for rapid system integration and comes bundled with easy-to-use software application development tools and utilities. The XRI-1600 Software Development Kit (SDK) is a Microsoft Windows compatible C++ library for image acquisition and digital image processor control. It includes easy-to-use tools, utilities and installation scripts to allow rapid application development, diagnosis and deployment. Intuitive and flexible, the XRI-1600 SDK imaging libraries permit users to control all aspects of the image acquisition process and image storage function both on the local and host computers. The software features a powerful event notification technology to increase the application response time. 
The XRI-1600 will be available in first half of 2010. For a full resolution image of the XRI-1600 digital image processor, visit DALSA's online media kit. For more product information, visit the Vision Processor section of DALSA’s web site.
About DALSA's Life Science Products and Services
DALSA’s scientific imaging product and services provide medical and scientific imaging equipment manufacturers with state-of-the-art image sensing, capture, and processing technology. The technology is backed by a field proven track record and an extensive install base; propelled by next generation R&D and delivered by a dedicated and highly trained team of imaging engineers. DALSA maintains ISO 13845 certification along with MIL-STD qualification for cameras and sensors. We offer leading edge design, build, and manufacturing processes specifically aimed at meeting your stringent quality control requirements.
About DALSA Corporation
DALSA is an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors with approximately 1000 employees worldwide. 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:
Maria Doyle
Red Javelin Communications, Inc.
Tel: +1-781-964-3536
Published 2009-11-30

Specifically engineered for demanding X-ray instrumentation and radioscopy applications, the XRI-1600 is capable of handling wide range of resolutions, pixel depths and frame rates commonly found in X-Ray inspection applications

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