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Agfa HealthCare launches DRYSTAR™ AXYS™ in the United States


Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic imaging solutions, announces today that it is introducing to the United States market its DRYSTAR™ AXYS™ tabletop imager, a compact hardcopy solution designed to fit a full range of applications including mammography, CT (Computed Tomography), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), Computed Radiography (CR), and Direct Radiography (DR). The DRYSTAR AXYS is a multi-application, Direct Digital Imager (DDI) delivering mammography-quality images with 508 dpi image resolution, very short access time, and full flexibility with two film sizes on-line. The solution is currently the only tabletop dry hardcopy printer on the market that meets the stringent mammography requirements of the US market.

Agfa HealthCare’s DRYSTAR AXYS has been designed with maximum user friendliness and user convenience in mind. Input trays can be loaded with media in daylight without concern for ambient light. Two fully flexible input trays accept five media sizes and three film types (blue-clear-mammography), meeting the diverse media requirements of a busy centralized workflow environment. The compact design of the DRYSTAR AXYS means that it can be installed in space-restricted environments or, using an optional mobile mounting kit, in mobile vans.

All Agfa HealthCare’s DRYSTAR imagers incorporate the company’s Direct Digital Imaging (DDI) technology, a software that controls every pixel in an image for excellent and consistent image quality. The award-winning DDI software includes A#Sharp™ technology, which enhances imaging capability, for sharper image quality across all applications.

At the Ev. Jung-Stilling-Krankenhaus in Siegen, Germany, an acute-care facility with 414 beds, Agfa HealthCare’s DRYSTAR AXYS has already been installed. The hospital has been evaluating the solution since early September 2007. In addition to mammography, the desktop imager is used for general radiology. “The system reliably prints excellent, premium quality images, which is indispensable in discerning small and subtle structures of the mamma”, says Dr. Dieter Hebborn, Radiology Center Intern. “This system delivers diagnostic quality printouts of breast images.”

“The DRYSTAR AXYS’ ability to handle different requirements in a table-top solution means that it will function as a central point, or axis; of delivery in many facilities, and this is reflected in the name we have chosen for this state-of-the-art imager,” states Jan Leeuws, Agfa HealthCare Global Business Unit Manager Film & Print. “Its ability to handle multiple applications, including mammography quality images, one of the most demanding of all imaging requirements, makes this solution a convenient, all-around solution, meeting the needs of all types of healthcare facilities and departments.”

Agfa HealthCare invites you to visit its booth at RSNA 2007 (South Building - Hall A - # 4106) to discover its solutions and Works in Progress.

Jan Leeuws
Global Business Unit Manager Film & Print
Hendrik Kuijpersstraat
2640 Mortsel
tel:+32 (0)3 444 75 82
fax:+32 (0)3 444 72 85
Frederique Depraetere
Global PR Manager Agfa HealthCare
Septestraat 27
2640 Mortsel - Belgium
tel:+32 (0)3 444 80 06
fax:+32 (0)3 444 72 85
Margaret Turano
Director Communications & PR United States
Challenger Road 100
07660 Ridgefield Park - New Jersey - U.S.
tel:+1 (0)857 488 02 08
fax:+1 (0)815 886 15 04
Johan Jacobs
Corporate Press Relations Manager
Septestraat 27
2640 Mortsel - Belgium
tel:+32 (0)3 444 80 15
fax:+32 (0)3 444 50 05

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