FDA approves Fujifilm's FDR AcSelerate system

Fujifilm Medical Systems (Fujifilm) has received FDA 510(k) approval for the Fuji Digital Radiograph

The company claims that FDR AcSelerate, a fully-automated digital table and upright system, produces quality images in comparison to other general radiographic systems.

It also includes new design elements and fast image cycle times that is expected to help imaging departments increase efficiency and maximize productivity.

The latest addition to company's line of DR systems, the FDR AcSelerate is a general radiography system that uses a direct image capture technology. This amorphous selenium technology, coupled with Fujifilm's image processing experience, produce clear images for better diagnostics.

The company said that the FDR AcSelerate can also provide the potential for dose reduction, and a dose area product meter (DAP) is available so physicians can monitor patient dose per exam and total dose per study.

Additionally, with a lightweight ergonomic design, AcSelerate takes less effort to position than traditional systems. The FDR AcSelerate provides image preview in two seconds with cycle times of four seconds, and the new FDX Console workstation is configured to alert technologists when exams are ready to expose.

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Is anyone prepared to solve the NHS funding crisis?

As long as the political taboo on raising taxes endures, the service will be in financial peril. 

It has long been clear that the NHS is in financial ill-health. But today's figures, conveniently delayed until after the Conservative conference, are still stunningly bad. The service ran a deficit of £930m between April and June (greater than the £820m recorded for the whole of the 2014/15 financial year) and is on course for a shortfall of at least £2bn this year - its worst position for a generation. 

Though often described as having been shielded from austerity, owing to its ring-fenced budget, the NHS is enduring the toughest spending settlement in its history. Since 1950, health spending has grown at an average annual rate of 4 per cent, but over the last parliament it rose by just 0.5 per cent. An ageing population, rising treatment costs and the social care crisis all mean that the NHS has to run merely to stand still. The Tories have pledged to provide £10bn more for the service but this still leaves £20bn of efficiency savings required. 

Speculation is now turning to whether George Osborne will provide an emergency injection of funds in the Autumn Statement on 25 November. But the long-term question is whether anyone is prepared to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis. Health experts argue that only a rise in general taxation (income tax, VAT, national insurance), patient charges or a hypothecated "health tax" will secure the future of a universal, high-quality service. But the political taboo against increasing taxes on all but the richest means no politician has ventured into this territory. Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has today called for the government to "find money urgently to get through the coming winter months". But the bigger question is whether, under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is prepared to go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.