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LED INDICATOR BELT FOR X-RAY SYSTEM TABLETOPS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200884D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-28
Document File: 4 page(s) / 102K

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Abstract

A Light Emitting Diode (LED) indicator belt enchased on an X-ray tabletop is disclosed. The LEDs of the LED indicator belt are arranged in an array. The LED indicator belt provides visual access to the detector`s position and in addition provides efficient subsystem diagnosis Advantageously, the LED indicator belt provides a visual access to the detector’s position without compromising on the rigidity of the tabletop.

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LED INDICATOR BELT FOR X-RAY SYSTEM TABLETOPS

FIELD OF INVENTION

The invention generally relates to X-ray systems and more particularly to a digital X-ray system having a tabletop.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Generally, a digital X-ray system includes a fixed tabletop with detector housing. The detector housing travels inside the tabletop. Knowledge of the detector's position helps an operator using the X-ray system. However, conventional digital X-ray systems are inadequate in providing a visual sense of the position of the detector.

One technique used to provide a visual sense of the detector is providing a slot, typically like a window at the edge of the tabletop. The slot in the tabletop allows visual access to the detector's position. However such a slot in the tabletop significantly reduces the rigidity of the tabletop and accordingly impacts the patient load capacity of the entire table machine.

Further, subsystem diagnosis usually needs a personal computer (PC) as a user interface. Subsystem diagnosis is difficult to perform if the PC crashes or if the PC is unavailable. In such a situation, subsystem diagnosis is performed by opening the table covers and internal Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) shielding boxes to check the Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) on circuit boards. The opening of table covers and EMC shielding boxes entails huge work load and extra risks.

Therefore, there is a need in the art for a technique that provides visual access to the detector`s position and in addition provides efficient subsystem diagnosis.


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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

An X-ray tabletop including a Light Emitting Diode (LED) indicator belt enchased on the X-ray tabletop is disclosed. The LED indicator belt is used to provide an indication of the detector's position and is further used as an easy access User Interface (UI) for subsystem diagnosis.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

A Light Emitting Diode (LED) indicator belt enchased on an X-ray system tabletop is disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment shown in FIG. 1, the LED indicator belt comprises one or more LEDs arranged in a line with an approximate spacing of about 5mm. However other arrangements can also be explored.

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FIG. 1

The LEDs are configured to have a fade-off effect to show detector position. Additionally, the LED belt displays at least 2 colors, for example, blue for ready and


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yellow for booting. The LEDs within the LED indicator belt are under the control of a Multipoint Control Unit (MCU). Th...