Shimadzu, world-wide manufacturer of diagnostic imaging equipment,
has presented the new generation of its mobile X-ray systems,
the MobileArt Evolution. The unit combines brilliant image quality
with simple handling and easy maneuverability. With the MobileArt
Evolution, exact positioning is possible even in the narrow spaces,
thus facilitating X-rays in smaller hospital rooms. In addition, it
saves time-consuming ways and transports to the radiology

The MobileArt Evolution is available in two versions. The standard
version is equipped with an imaging performance of 12.5kW/320
mAs. The premium version comes with an imaging performance of
32kW/320 mAs and offers outstanding imaging quality for
interdisciplinary applications.

Brilliant image quality

Compared to the predecessor series, awarded the “Frost & Sullivan
Growth Leadership Award”, the new MobileArt Evolution has some
additional features, further improving diagnostics and operability.
The premium version of the MobileArt Evolution is equipped with a newly developed dual focal spot size X-ray tube with an anode heat
storage capacity of 300kHU that significantly improves the image

‘Inch-Mover’ and ‘All Free’ functions feature for optimum positioning

Simply using the “Inch-Mover” button on the collimator, the
MobileArt Evolution can be optimally positioned for image
acquisition. This feature makes it easy to precisely align the system.
The collimator handle as well as the telescopic arm carry “All Free”
buttons releasing all electromagnetic locks on arm rotation, arm
extension, and vertical movement of the x-ray tube.

The telescope is freely rotatable 270° and can be extended to a
length of 120cm. Even the most difficult imaging situations are thus
made possible by the vertical telescope range of 75cm to 201cm.
Two systems with different column heights are available, the
standard version with 193cm and a low column type with 178cm.
This system has the benefit of easier movement in elevators and
through doors.

Easy maneuverability with low-noise motor

The power-assisted drive system of the MobileArt Evolution allows
the operator to move the system safe and easy. Slight pressure to the
drive handle is sufficient to maneuver the unit into the desired
direction. The new silent motor is quiet enough for ward
radiography especially at night.

The drive handle can be pre-set in three stages above the standard
height and can thus be adjusted to the body height of the operator. The soft-touch safety bumper prevents accidents on hospital corridors. Responding to even slightest pressure, it stops the
MobileArt Evolution. If necessary, a chime can be activated to avoid
accidents when driving the unit through a crowded medical facility.

Faster workflow due to pre-settings

72 preset anatomical programs make examinations even more
efficient. By pressing the appropriate key, the optimal radiography
conditions can be selected for body region, body thickness, direction
of the projection and the focal spot size.

Up to ten individual passwords limit access to the MobileArt
Evolution to authorised staff only. For each password a user
parameter setting can be specified being loaded after entering the

Additional optional features are the folding type radiation shield, an
infrared remote control facilitating image triggering from a distance
of several meters and thus minimising exposure to radiation for the
staff, as well as a large cassette box holding up to 15 cassettes with a
format of 35cm x 43cm.

Upgrading to digital operation

The premium version can be upgraded to fully digital operation at
any time. Depending on the examination conditions, four different
flat detectors in the formats 23cm x 28cm and 35cm x 43cm are
available, processing the images within only three seconds and
displaying them on the touch-screen. By upgrading to a fully digital
system, hospitals provide for the option of linking into the digital
workflow of their hospital network in due time.