Apollo DRF 4.0
Apollo DRF is Villa’s reference product in the panorama of digital remote-controlled tables. The Apollo DRF stands out over time for both its unique, and equally innovative features. Its top performance and operability have always been widely acknowledged. With features such as wide application flexibility, high productivity and high image quality, the Apollo DRF is still one of the most appreciated products used by radiographical professionals today. This new version of the Apollo DRF remote-controlled table has been equipped with a number of innovative features that significantly improve its performance and make its use more straightforward and user-friendly. This maximizes the efficiency of daily routine usage. Implementing new examination procedures in the system also allows additional diagnostic information to be acquired, thus making the diagnosis process more comprehensive. With this new version, Apollo DRF achieves extraordinary application flexibility. Combined with high performance the Apollo DRF redefines the users experience of the system.
All Apollo DRF movements have been designed to ensure rapid and accurate positioning and allow the widest possible range of radiographic projections. The 90° tilt in both directions makes it possible to install the remote-controlled table in the most diverse configurations of the diagnostic room. This allows top results to be obtained in any environment. The wide travel of the tube-detector assembly ensures complete patient coverage, thus avoiding the need for its repositioning or to move the table longitudinally. By means of motorized tilting of the tube support column, combined with rotation of the X-ray source, oblique projections can also be carried out on the table as well as patient exposures on a stretcher. The focus-detector distance, which can be extended up to 180 cm, makes it possible to examine the chest directly on the remote-controlled table. The lower height from the floor and the completely smooth surface of the examination table make patient access easier and simplify transfer procedures from the stretcher. In addition, the sturdy and reliable mechanical structure can withstand a weight up to 284 kg with no movement restrictions, thus also making it possible to examine bariatric patients.The system can be supplied with a wide range of accessories for patient positioning and for special procedures, such as lateral cassette holder, compression band, shoulder support, patient footrest, handles and leg support.
Advanced Functions for Effective Diagnoses
In the configuration with an additional wireless detector which may be seamlessly integrated with the same digital acquisition system of the remote-controlled table, the application abilities of Apollo DRF are further extended making it possible to perform exposures in direct contact with the detector and on stretcher patients.
This operational flexibility may be further extended by using a second X-ray tube on a suspended ceiling stand that can be controlled by the same remote-control system generator which, together with the wireless detector, also makes it possible to perform lateral projections on the table.
Furthermore, the stitching procedure, which consists in automatic acquisition process of a set of X-ray exposures and their subsequent integration into a single image, is also available. This function therefore supports investigation of extensive body areas, such as full-leg/full-spine examinations, also extending diagnostic capabilities to orthopedics thanks to the optional specialist measurement package.
In addition, Apollo DRF now features the innovative tomosynthesis function, an examination technique based on low-dose acquisition of a series of projections from different angles of an anatomical part, which are processed through advanced reconstruction algorithms to obtain a sequence of slices parallel to the examination table. The images obtained, free from overlap by the surrounding tissues, allow one to more easily determine the presence of small lesions or anomalies that are not very visible with conventional radiography, thus providing information to make the diagnostic process faster and more effective.
Apollo DRF features a number of solutions that are thoroughly designed to reduce the dose and to assure the utmost safety for the patient:
- New multi-layer table surface with reduced X-ray attenuation
- Automatic removal of the anti-scatter grid for examinations of pediatric patients and extremities
- Automatic collimator available with optional additional filters
- Anatomic programs optimized for the body part to be examined, with specific mode for pediatric patients
- Dynamic Flat Panel Detector with high X-ray sensitivity
- Pulsed-fluoro mode with variable acquisition speed
- Virtual collimator function with diaphragm adjustment without X-ray emission by using the last image hold (LIH)
- Virtual scan function that displays movement of the collimator on the last image acquired during table movements, thus making it possible to center the area of interest without X-ray emission