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Scientific Program Schedule
Day 1, Thursday, July 29, 2004

An Update on Radiography and Fluoroscopy

In keeping with the overall school theme, this introductory session discusses R/F systems in a global fashion, emphasizing non-digital receptor aspects of R/F technology and their role in medical imaging. The goal of this session is to be both introductory and well as complementary to subsequent sessions, which emphasize the digital side of R/F imaging.

Time Topic & Faculty Objectives
1:00pm-1:15pm Introduction, Goals, LAC Issues and Announcements  

Current and Future Clinical Roles for Radiography and Fluoroscopy

H. Scott Beasley

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As CT, MRI and even US carve out larger roles in medical imaging, the role of R&F systems has stagnated or declined. This talk will discuss clinical roles of radiography and fluoroscopy both now, and what it is expected to be in the future An under-standing of how and when these systems will be used is critical in specifying them and evaluating their performance.


Advances in and Specifications for Fluoroscopic X-Ray Systems

Vlad Sobol

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Using performance and purchase specifications as a framework, this lecture will discuss advances in radiographic system technology as well as new or different requirements for modern systems (many of which have evolved over the years). Examples of technological advances to discuss include high frequency generators and spectral filtration. Examples of new requirements include power ratings required for larger patients, phototiming system design and grid requirements for use with digital receptors, and PACS-related specifications. Note that this lecture should focus on the non-digital receptor components of the radiographic system, as the digital receptors will be discussed in subsequent sessions.

3:10pm– 3:30pm BREAK

Advances in and Specifications for Fluoroscopic Imaging Systems

Barry Belanger

To complement the previous lecture, this lecture covers fixed and mobile fluoroscopic equipment, again focusing on new technology and new requirements, within a context of performance specifications. Advances include image intensifier design (and performance levels), CCD vs tube TV cameras, brightness control systems, pulsed fluoroscopy, spectral filtration, etc. Performance issues should include special mechanical and power requirements for obesity treatment programs, as well as new/proposed CRCPD and FDA requirements.