Samith Kakkadan
Marketing Manager, Asia-Pacific South,
Agfa HealthCare

Image Processing: An Absolute Necessity

In recent years, new technologies in medical imaging, in particular computed radiography (CR) and direct radiography (DR), have become both more compact and more affordable, making them increasingly productive and user-friendly. Considering, the important role of image processing software for these digital radiography solutions is critical. In effect, when you are preparing to make the change to digital radiography, it is important to consider not only the quality of the detector itself, but also the image processing software that is delivered with the solution.

Image processing: an absolute necessity!

Digital detectors capture almost all of the information from Xray images. However, the radiation range is so large that raw, unprocessed images are unclear. Without image processing, they become more or less impossible to interpret for the human eye, and consequently cannot be used for diagnosis.

The advanced automated image processing softwares have the capability to generate the optimal image which is automatically derived or calculated based on the raw image. Then edge enhancement, signal equalization, electronic collimation, automatic grid line suppression, measurement tools, geometrical shapes, shuttering, histograms, zoom, grey scale reversal, are some essential post processing features applied to an image for further diagnostic interpretation.

Agfa HealthCare’s MUSICA software has been taking image processing to the next level, delivering digital radiography image processing software that automatically produces optimized output images. A truly intelligent solution, MUSICA provides consistently high image quality needed to support diagnosis, while saving both time and effort. That is why it is called the gold-standard.

An easy to use GUI of image processing software offers benefits like increased workflow, efficiency, and productivity, thus, making it ideal for even heavy workload environment conditions. Currently, dose management is an essential attribute. The image processing software should have the potential to provide a superior diagnostic quality image even in low dose environments.

Radiography is the workhorse of every hospital’s diagnostic services department, and poor image quality and inefficient workflows in this one critical area create ripple effects across nearly every specialty in the facility. Considering the necessity of diagnostic imaging, adopting the best of breed attitude toward this critical imaging modality and accepting only the best for their patients should be one’s objective. Choosing the right and the best image processing software with the modality is a key differentiator.

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