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Facilitating easier quality control of digital projection radiography

The transition to digital radiography provides tremendous opportunity for imaging practices to improve patient care, throughput and workflow. 

To ensure the utmost quality and facilitate easier quality control of the equipment, the medical physicist community collaborated with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to develop tools to help them more easily perform image quality analysis and monitor it over time.


About NEMA/MITA XR 30 

The NEMA/MITA XR 30-2016 (XR-30) standard for digital projection radiography provides a set of minimum equipment requirements that are designed to facilitate consistent quality control at imaging facilities. In particular, image quality analysis and the ability to identify image processing settings and validate the consistency of these settings over time.

To achieve compliance, imaging equipment needs to have the functionality to access and export original images for external quality testing; and also be able to electronically document image processing parameter values in order to validate consistency of image processing settings over time.


What imaging modalities are covered by XR-30?

All Computed Radiography (CR) and Digital Radiography (DR) equipment used for projection radiography are included in the standard. Equipment intended to be used for bone or tissue densitometry, computed tomography (CT), fluoroscopy, mammography or dental applications are excluded from the scope of XR-30.


Does my x-ray equipment meet the XR-30 requirements?

Use this quick checklist to help you determine whether or not your equipment meets the latest quality standards.


Is Philips radiography equipment compliant with XR-30?

Yes. All of Philips digital radiography solutions are currently XR-30 compliant, however we cannot guarantee this compliance into the future for legacy platforms such as CR systems.

If you currently use a CR system from Philips or another manufacturer we recommend checking with your representative to ensure you are prepared for compliance when the mandate changes.


Intuitive innovation

Philips Unique imaging processing and Eleva platform make storing, processing, accessing and exporting original image data easy, so you can stay in compliance and focused on patients at the same time.

X-ray image processing software

UNIQUE is an application-driven post processing software that delivers consistently uniform clinical image quality for all anatomical regions by adjusting the balance between overexposed and underexposed areas. The result is a quality X-ray image, containing all diagnostically relevant information.


User interface for X-ray systems

Designed for creating, processing, and transferring digital X-ray exposures, Eleva is an exam and patient-related automatic parameter setting control for our radiography and fluoroscopy systems.