To ensure the production of high-quality radiographic images from a CR, a well-organized acceptance testing following the system installation must be carried out. Although the system may have already been calibrated by the manufacturer prior to the installation, the current working environment and conditions in a clinic may be different.
A periodic quality control program is still necessary even after a successful completion of an acceptance testing. It is very important perform acceptance testing and quality control testing for the CR system. QC processes for CR are no less important than they are for conventional screen-film radiography. The design of the program needs to be modified to fit the differences that are unique to the characteristics of the CR and good quality control program needs cooperation between radiographers and medical physicists.
Like all preceision products, the ScanX requires a certain amount of care on a regularly scheduled basis. A well-organized maintenance program aids dependable equipment operation and reduces problems to a minimum. Routine checks help to detect general overall wear, and replacement parts can often be made before a probem occurs. Adherence to the maintenance schedule will ensure that the ScanX Digital Imaging Systems will continue performing at its best with uniterupted service
Understanding this, we have established three basic maintenance kits that will help insure continuous operation of the ScanX Digital Imaging System. The kits and their associated parts number along with the recommended performance schedule are list below.
IMPORTANT:All service requiring access to the interior of the ScanX must be performed on by anauthorized dealer service technician with the proper training.
Service Requirement Schedule Kit Part No.
Replace dust/debris brush on inlet ring assembly 1 year D5940
Replace four transport belt drive belt assemblies 4 years B7794
The ScanX is designed for many years of trouble-free operation. Maintenance as described herein is minimul.
IMPORTANT:Do not spray solvents or liquid directly on the scanner.
Cleaning the ScanX
Turn off the ScanX, disconnect the line cord from the Mains wall outlet and disconnect the computer connection cable from the ScanX before cleaning. Wipe the outside surfaces with a soft paper towel dampened with a disinfectant solution or non-abrasive household cleaner. Be careful not to allow solvents to run or drip into the ScanX. This could cause damage to the ScanX. Allow to air dry before plugging in or turning back on.
Cleaning the Plate Transport
Over time, small debris and dust can accumulate in the plate transport mechanism causing a loss in image quality and possible damage to the PSPs. To ensure optimal performance of the ScanX, the plate transport should be cleaned at least once per week using a new ScanX Cleaning Sheet each time. Sample sheet are included with the ScanX and additional sheets can be purchased.
Phosphor Storage Plates (PSPs)
PSPs are subject to “wear” on the black side during normal handling and use. They can appear scratched, while the sensitive blue or white side remains relatively “smooth”. This scratched look on the black side has absolutely no effect on the quality of the image and should be expected under normal conditions. If the phosphor side is scratched, make sure the plates are being handled properly and not being dragged from the ScanX tray area or other surfaces that could cause scratching of the plate.