KA Imaging’s SpectralDR™ technology enables dual-energy subtraction, providing bone and tissue differentiation with a single standard X-ray exposure. It acquires three images simultaneously (DR, bone and soft tissue dual-energy X-ray images). The technology mimics the workflow, dose and techniques of state-of-the-art mobile DR X-ray detectors.
“It’s a 3-in-1 solution, as in three images with one exposure to radiation and no extra work. Having a DR plus the supplemental spectral bone and tissue images allows for better diagnosis and faster reading,” said Dr. Phil Templeton, radiologist, and Chief Medical Officer of KA Imaging. The spectral images provide enhanced visualization of different conditions like lung nodules, pneumonia, tips of lines and tubes, pneumothorax and retained surgical bodies.
Adding a name to the patented technology simplifies the message to the industry. “SpectralDR™ addresses the drawbacks of previous dual-energy subtraction or bone suppression approaches,” said Dr. Karim S. Karim, CTO of KA Imaging. Conventional dual energy is not mobile and uses two exposures, while bone suppression image quality is limited and cannot provide bone images. “SpectralDR™ really takes general X-ray to the next level because you can get true bone and soft tissue subtracted images every time plus a DR image in one exposure at the lowest dose. If it’s low dose, 3-in-1, and mobile and single exposure, you can bet it is powered by SpectralDR™,” said Karim.
About KA Imaging
A spin-off from the University of Waterloo, KA Imaging specializes in developing innovative X-ray imaging technologies and systems, providing solutions to the medical, veterinary, and non-destructive test industrial markets. For more information, visit http://www.kaimaging.com.
About Karim S. Karim
Karim S. Karim received his BASc in Computer Engineering in 1999 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2002, both from the University of Waterloo, and completed an MBA in Health Sector Management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in 2012. He was with Simon Fraser University from 2003 to 2007 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Science and is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
He was a founding member of the Center for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) at the University of Waterloo and served as its Associate Director from 2011 to 2017. Since 2017, Karim has served as the Associate Dean of Outreach and Diversity for the Faculty of Engineering. More here