X-rays were first discovered by German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895. Their permeation characteristics were soon applied to medicine and have greatly contributed to humankind.
The use of digital technology brought about a major revolution in radiography. A number of substantial contributions made by digital technology to the medical field include the elimination of the need for film, significant reductions in radiation exposure, immediate availability of images, and use in networked environments. There are several methods available to perform digital X-ray imaging. In 1998, Canon released the world's first digital device incorporating a LANMIT (Large Area New MIS Sensor and TFT) image sensor developed by the company. Since then, Canon's digital lineup has led the field and continues to spread throughout the world.
In 2009, Canon released the CXDI-50RF digital radiography system, which makes possible dynamic imaging. This release marked the achievement of the world's first portable-type device capable of both static and dynamic imaging. In addition to being compact and lightweight, the device offers exceptional image quality. We would like you to hear from three individuals involved with the development of this medical system, which embodies the "Canon development culture."
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- Tadahiro Suda
- Born in Fukushima Prefecture in 1955. After eight years of editing work at communications and publishing companies, struck out on his own in 1987 and founded an editing production agency. Soon shifted his focus to freelance journalism and writing, working extensively for business information journals and job-transfer publications. In recent years, writing work has shifted from print media to portal sites, often focusing on the history of technological developments and career development for engineers.