Frost & Sullivan have presented RF Co., Ltd with the 2010 European Medical Technologies Product Leadership of the Year Award for NAOMI, a digital x-ray sensor that does not require any film development to acquire x-ray film images.
Leveraging its vast experience in working with various kinds of charged coupled device (CCD) cameras, RF Co., Ltd. developed NAOMI with components consisting of 192-CCD-array (16 units combined with the 12-CCD-camera built-in module). The impact of this technology on radiology is similar to the introduction of digital cameras in the videography market.
Digital x-ray image with high resolution and flexible adjustment helps prevent misdiagnosis and doctors do not need to feel reluctant to re-take digital x-ray image due to its low x-ray irradiance level. NAOMI uses sophisticated technology to emerge patient- and environment-friendly medical equipment that is priced as lows as 30 per cent of that of its contemporaries, has ultra-sensitive high-resolution of 48.37 mega pixels (eight times more than its competing products) and low-level x-ray irradiance which is about 1/16 to 1/20 of conventional x-ray irradiance levels.
“NAOMI is a direct digital radiography system, which directly sends images to a PC monitor after irradiation, while others need imaging plates (IP) to display images,” says Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Sreevidhya Praveen. “It also has inherently low repair and maintenance costs, which further enhances customer interest.”
The unquestionable technical dominance of NAOMI had earned it an ISO13485 certification in May 2010 and a CE Marking Approval for its sales in Europe.
Significantly, even hospitals in developed or developing countries can afford this low-priced digital x-ray system, which allows them to provide better medical care and consulting services for the local people. This product improves the quality of diagnosis, contributes to environmental protection and lowers cost as well as manpower burdens on hospitals.
“The company believes that medical equipment should be physically friendly to patients, lessening the burden on doctors and medical staff and be affordable to even small clinics in depopulated areas,” notes Praveen.
Frost & Sullivan believes this vision will popularize NAOMI all over the world and it will be the ‘de facto standard’ in the field of digital direct radiography.
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