Ontario DI clinics acquire Direct
Corporation (IDC) of Calgary, an innovative developer of digital
radiography (DR) systems – has announced the sale of three DR units to a
private medical-imaging organization in Mississauga, Ont. While IDC has
been experiencing rising demand for its technology in western Canada,
the United States and abroad, it’s the first multi-unit installation for
the company in Ontario.
The Ontario sale was made to Trillium Imaging Inc., which has purchased
three Xplorer 1600 DR machines, one for each of the company’s three
clinics – Radiology Associates Clarkson, Radiology Associates
Mississauga and Six Points Diagnostic Imaging.
“We really liked the IDC image quality,” said Dr. Murray H. Miller,
president of Trillium Imaging. “And while price was definitely a factor,
image quality is much more important. We purchase things based on
The IDC product line uses a high-density charge couple device (CCD)
camera, the same technology used to power the Hubble telescope. IDC says
the Xplorer’s single detector delivers over 16 mega pixels digitized at
14 bits per pixel with 100 percent fill factor in each pixel.
According to the company, the IDC technology is user-friendly and
relatively inexpensive to maintain. As such, the company offers an
industry-leading three year warranty or five year extended warranty.
The general benefits of DR are many. Unlike standard X-ray and film,
where it can take several minutes to process just one image, and where
staff members are exposed to hazardous chemicals, Direct Radiography is
chemical-free and images are ready for viewing in six seconds or less.
“It’s a huge benefit to not have to do film anymore,” said Dr. Miller.
“There’s no more waiting for film to be processed and no storage to deal
with. It’s very significant.”
There are also impressive productivity gains, Dr. Miller commented.
“We’ll probably increase our throughput by as much as 50 percent,
thereby reducing wait times.”
Radiology Associates and Six Points Diagnostic Imaging provide general
radiography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and mammography. All
modalities at the clinics are now filmless except for mammography, which
will stay the course until, as Dr. Miller explained, digital mammography
becomes more affordable.
On a similar note, in early February, IDC announced that it’s begun the
R & D phase of using Xplorer technology for the digital mammography
market. For more information, see