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Detection Technology Unveils X-ACE to Set New Industry Standard for Consumer and Value Medical CT Imaging

November 28, 2021 – Detection technology, a leader in X-ray detector solutions, has unveiled the industry’s first series of plug-and-play detectors optimized for high-value, consumer-grade medical CT (computed tomography) imaging needs. The plug-and-play type series, under the X-ACE brand, is available as stand-alone sensor boards, X-ACE 16 and X-ACE 32, and alternatively as complete subsystems including ready-to-use detection boards, controllers, software libraries and all necessary accessories. The investment-free X-ACE Series delivers significant total cost savings and accelerates time to market for advanced CT systems in highly competitive medical imaging segments.

The X-ACE product family is built on a proven modular platform. The platform covers a large imaging area and exhibits the highest level of integration, as a scintillator, photodiode, analog-to-digital converters (ADC) and field programmable gate array (FPGA) are assembled on only one printed circuit board. (PCB). This means simplified system designs, simple integration, minimized risks, a streamlined supply chain, and mechanically more robust and digitally enhanced detection solutions. The platform easily adapts to 16- to 32-slice system configurations to cover a wide range of configurations and provides 20 millimeter coverage at the isocenter.

“Once again, we have set a new industry standard for CT medical imaging. We introduced the world’s first tileable CT detection module, named X-Tile, for the highest volumetric CT systems in 2017. We have deployed our latest innovation in the field. The X-ACE completes our offering for medical CT applications. We are proud to say that our company is the only one in the market that allows one-stop shopping. We have standard medical CT solutions for all medical CT imaging modalities, from value segment to premium segment, ”said Tuomas Holma, director of product management in the medical business unit.

“The X-ACE is synonymous with the all-in-one CT imaging experience and cost-effectiveness in this fast-paced and fiercely competitive market. The key characteristics are perfectly suited to the requirements of the target market. For example, the X-ACE 16 has already proven its importance in the value segment during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the market saw a renaissance of 16-slice X-ray imaging systems used for diagnosis and treatment of COVID patients. This trend is here to stay and will intensify, especially in emerging economies. “

The X-ACE delivers high image quality with low doses at fast scan speeds for enhanced patient safety and experience. State-of-the-art performance is achieved by a high-speed, pixelated ceramic scintillator coupled to a high-performance front-illuminated photodiode (FSI). The characteristics of the most sensitive, ultra-low dark current photodiode are made possible through the use of Detection Technology’s proprietary FSI photodiode manufacturing process.

“We have extensive experience as the most reliable supplier of custom detection solutions for medical CT applications, and we have now positioned ourselves as a pioneer of the standard offering. Our out-of-the-box CT detection solutions enable rapid and cost-effective system development while meeting the most stringent medical standards and regulations. For us, achieving total savings does not mean sacrificing image quality. By redesigning and simplifying the design of the detectors, we have achieved win-win gains, ”said Holma.

To facilitate and accelerate the system design phase and detector integration, Detection Technology provides global technical support and a comprehensive development kit. Technical samples of the ACE series are available and inquiries about the development kit can be directed to the company.

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