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Konica Minolta Inc will release what it claims is the world's lightest wireless digital radiography (DR) device in July 2013.

The weight of the device, "AeroDR 1012HQ," is 1.7kg. Its imaging area measures 10 x 12 inches, which is the smallest size for the AeroDR series. The standard price of the device is ¥20.98 million (approx US$214,915).

Because of the small size, it can be easily used for taking images of small body parts such as a hand and set up in an incubator, the cassette holder of a radiographic stand for infants, etc. In orthopedics, patients hold a DR device when the radiographic images of their knees and shoulders are being taken. Therefore, the light weight reduces their burden, Konica Minolta said.

Konica Minolta has already released the "AeroDR Stitching System," which enables to take the images of long objects. With the new product added to the product line, the AeroDR series can be used for shooting all kinds of images in the field of orthopedics, the company said.

Like the other products in the AeroDR series, a cesium iodide (CsI) phosphor developed by Konica Minolta is used for the sensor part of the AeroDR 1012HQ. The phosphor is in direct contact with a TFT sensor panel so that light can be guided to photo diodes without a protection film. As a result, it became possible to reduce the amount of X-ray exposure.