Allpro ScanX-12 DVM Technical data

Part Numbers: B8100
Ins t r u c t i o n M a n u a l
Air Techniques and its ALLPRO Imaging division have prepared this document as
a guide to the proper use of the ScanX® 12 Portable Digital Imaging System
with In-Line Erase. References in this manual to the manufacturer include Air
Techniques and its division ALLPRO Imaging.
Refer to the following companion documents as necessary:
Imaging Plate Intensifier Screen Warning Instructions
Phosphor Storage Plate Instruction Sheet
Part Number
Congratulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
On-Line Warranty Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Safety Notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Important Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Purpose of this Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
System Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Unpacking and Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Computer System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Controls and Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Technical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Abbreviations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Site Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
System Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Plate Care and Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Imaging Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Powering Down the System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Congratulations on your purchase of the ScanX® 12 Portable Digital Imaging
System with In-Line Erase, the latest imaging product from Air Techniques, Inc./ALLPRO
Imaging, a leading manufacturer of dental, medical and veterinary equipment
since 1962. The ScanX® CONGRATULATIONS 12 Portable
processes imaging plates and has been designed and manufactured using stateof-the-art technology to give many years of dependable service. The ScanX® 12
Portable is hereafter referred to as ScanX in this manual.
This manual covers the installation, operation and maintenance of the ScanX.
Review and follow the guidelines included in this manual to ensure that your
ScanX gives the highest level of service.
The ScanX is warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship from
the date of installation for a period of one year.
Any item returned to our factory during the warranty period through an authorized
dealer will be repaired or replaced at our option at no charge provided that our
inspection shall indicate it to have been defective and that the system is returned
to our factory in its shipping case. Dealer labor, shipping and handling charges
are not covered by this warranty.
This warranty does not apply to damage due to shipping, misuse, careless handling
or repairs by other than authorized service personnel. Air Techniques, Inc./ALLPRO
Imaging is not liable for indirect or consequential damage or loss of any nature
in connection with this equipment.
This warranty is void if the ScanX is operated with any covers removed.
This warranty is in lieu of all other warranties expressed or implied. No representative
or person is authorized to assume for us any liability in connection with the sale
of our equipment.
Warranty - Phosphor Storage Plates
The Phosphor Storage Plates (PSPs) are designed for use with the ScanX and will
be replaced for a period of 30 days from the date of purchase if defective
in manufacturing or packaging.
Quickly and easily register your new ScanX on-line. Just have your product
model and serial numbers available. Then go to the ALLPRO Imaging website,, click the Warranty Registration link and complete
the registration form. This on-line registration ensures a record for the warranty
period and helps us keep you informed of product updates and other valuable
This equipment has been designed to minimize exposure of personnel to hazards. While the ScanX is designed for safe operation, certain precautions must be
observed. Use of the ScanX not in conformance with the instructions specified in
this manual may result in permanent failure of the unit.
General Safety Information.
 Check with your authorized dealer for packing material requirements if it
is necessary to return the product to the manufacturer. Correct packing
guarantees optimal safety of the device during transport. Should it become
necessary to return the device to the manufacturer during the warranty
period, the manufacturer will not accept claims for damage arising from
using incorrect packing materials.
 Before every use, the operator must check the functional safety and the
condition of the device.
 The operator must be knowledgeable in the operation of the device.
 This device is not to be used in any areas where the atmosphere could
cause fire or explosion.
The following terms or symbols are used on the equipment or in this manual
to denote information of special importance:
The ScanX is a Class I Laser Product [Class 1 Laser
Product (IEC)]
This warning label identifies the ScanX P/N B8100 as such a
product and describes the potential danger to humans in the event
the product is opened during service. There is no laser radiation
from this product when operated and maintained as instructed.
The Laser Product Accession Number is 0212282-00
Alerts users to important Operating and
Maintenance instructions. Read carefully to
avoid any problems.
Warns users that uninsulated voltage within
the unit may be of sufficient magnitude to
cause electric shock.
Manufacturing date code on serial number label is in the format:
Month YYYY.
Authorized Dealer Service Only.
The interior of the ScanX is only accessible by removing hardware with tools. It
should be opened and serviced only by an authorized dealer service technician.
Failure to heed this warning may result in equipment damage or personal injury,
and will void any and all warranties. Contact your authorized dealer for
service information.
Use of Accessory Equipment.
The use of ACCESSORY equipment not complying with the equivalent safety
requirements of this equipment may lead to a reduced level of safety of the resulting
Consideration relating to the choice shall include:
- evidence that the safety certification of the ACCESSORY has been
performed in accordance to the appropriate IEC 601-1 and/or IEC 601-1-1
harmonized national standard.
Use of ACCESSORIES or cables other than those specified or provided by Air
Techniques may result in increased EMISSIONS or decreased IMMUNITY of the
Electrical Safety Notes.
 The line cord is the main power disconnect device.
 Use only the line cord provided with the unit.
 Use only grounded electrical connections.
 To avoid risk of electric shock, fire, short-circuit or dangerous emissions,
never insert any metallic object into the equipment.
 Only use connection cable(s) delivered with the device.
 Check the device cables for possible damage before switching on.
Damaged cables, plugs and sockets must be replaced before use.
 Never touch open supply outlets and patients simultaneously.
 Do not locate unit where it could be sprayed with water, or in a damp
Knowledge of Warnings and Cautions.
Users must exercise every precaution to ensure personnel safety, and be familiar
with the warnings and cautions presented throughout this manual and summarized
In this manual, the following definitions apply for all WARNINGS and CAUTION
WARNINGS: Any operation, procedure or practice, which, if not strictly observed, may result in
injury or long-term health hazards to personnel.
CAUTIONS: Any operation, procedure or practice, which, if not strictly observed, may result in
destruction of equipment or loss of effectiveness or damage to equipment and
Phosphor Storage Plates (PSPs).
Opening the ScanX by removing any covers or components makes the equipment
into a Class III b Laser Product. [Class 3B Laser Product (IEC)].
WARNINGS Only trained professionals should use this device.
Federal law prohibits the sale of this device to individuals other than licensed
professionals. Use of this device, other than as described in this manual, may
result in injury.
The ScanX contains a laser and is a Class 1 [Class 1 (IEC)]
Laser Product.
Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those
specified herein may result in hazardous radiation exposure. The laser is on
only during an active scan.
Only a trained technician from an authorized dealer should
remove a cover from the ScanX.
Direct eye contact with the output beam from the laser may cause serious damage
and possible blindness.
Do not open the ScanX to maintain it.
The ScanX contains no user serviceable parts. If there is a service problem,
contact your authorized dealer.
Operate ScanX in dry environment.
To prevent fire or electrical shock, do not expose this appliance to rain or moisture.
Do not use damaged Phosphor Storage Plates (PSPs).
Damaged PSPs may not provide reliable diagnostic images.
Disposal of PSPs.
Consult with your federal, national, state and local government, for rules and
regulations on disposal of PSPs.
CAUTIONS Completely clean and erase PSPs before taking an X-ray exposure.
See the PLATE PREPARATION section of this manual.
Minimize exposing an X-ray exposed PSP to light.
Transfer the PSP into the Inlet slot quickly to minimize exposure to light.
Use care in handling PSPs - Avoid fingerprints and scratching
Refer to the instructions provided with the PSP package for further information
on handling.
Use of other manufacturer’s imaging plates
Do not put PSPs designed for drum-type or other scanners in the ScanX. The
hooks and/or frames on the ends or around these PSPs, or PSPs of different
thickness (especially thicker ones) will damage the ScanX. PSPs from another
manufacturer may be used as long as the specifications are the same as those
for the ScanX PSPs.
General Notes.
 All instructions in this manual form an integral part of the unit. They must
be kept close to the unit and in readiness whenever required. Precise
observance of these instructions is a pre-condition for use of the unit for
the intended purpose and for its correct operation. This manual should
be passed on to any future purchaser or operator.
 Safety of the operator as well as trouble-free operation of the unit are only
ensured if use is made of original equipment parts. Moreover, use may
only be made of those accessories that are specified in the technical
documentation or that have been expressly approved and released by Air
Techniques for the intended purpose. The manufacturer cannot warranty
for the safety or proper functioning of this unit in the case where parts or
accessories are used that are not supplied by the manufacturer.
 There is no guarantee against damage arising where parts or accessories
are used that are not supplied by the manufacturer.
 Observe the usage and storage conditions.
 Appliances which accumulate condensation or become wet through a
change of temperature may only be operated after they are fully dry
 The manufacturer regard themselves as being responsible for the equipment with regard to safety, reliability and proper functioning only if assembly, resetting, changes or modifications and repairs have been carried out
by an authorized dealer and if the equipment is used in conformity with
the instructions contained in this manual.
 The device conforms to the relevant safety standards valid at this time.
 Any reprinting of the technical documentation, in whole or in part, is subject
to prior written approval by the manufacturer.
Correct Usage
 Operation of the ScanX may only be carried out by suitably qualified
 The ScanX is only to be used in the processing of exposed PSPs.
 If the device is stored in a cool environment and brought to a warmer
one, condensation can build up. Do not connect the device until it has
warmed up to room temperature and is absolutely dry.
 The immediate working area should be free of all possible interferences (e.g.
strong magnetic fields), as these could affect the operation.
 The ScanX may only be operated together with authorized software.
 Correct usage includes observing all installation and operating instructions
and adherence to the set-up, operation and maintenance instructions.
 Any use, above and beyond that described in this manual as correct
usage, will invalidate the warranty.
Incorrect Usage
 Any use that is not described in this manual as correct usage is considered
as incorrect usage. The manufacturer is not to be held liable for any damage
caused as a result of incorrect usage. The operator bears all risks.
This manual provides the information necessary for the setup, operation and routine
care and maintenance of the ScanX® 12 Portable Digital Imaging System with
In-Line Erase, P/N B8100.
This manual is not to be used as a replacement for training in radiography.
For information regarding the computer system and imaging software, refer to the
appropriate documentation provided with your computer hardware and software.
The ScanX is a self-contained digital radiography imaging system housed in a
durable soft pack custom transit carrying case. This completely mobile system is
a digital radiography system that utilizes reusable Phosphor Storage Plates (PSP)
in place of X-ray film to produce diagnostic quality digital radiographs. The ScanX
produces diagnostic quality digital images by scanning PSPs, which have been
exposed to X-rays. The ScanX allows computer storage, processing, retrieval and
display of the computed radiographic images utilizing user supplied software and
a computer. An additional feature of the ScanX consists of an in-line plate eraser
function that removes the latent image from the plate immediately after scanning.
This design provides an efficient one-operation scanning and erasing process
leaving the user with a PSP ready for the next X-ray procedure.
The ScanX is shipped in a special soft pack transport case (P/N B3975) covered by
a double-wall corrugated over-packaging. Retain the over-packaging to return
the ScanX during future shipping.
Included System Components
The ScanX consists of the model and accessory kit as listed below:
(See TECHNICAL DATA for ratings and identification.)
The ScanX is equipped with a line cord matching Mains outlet of country of intended
Part Number
Main Portable ScanX 12 ILE Assembly
Soft Pack Transport Case
Accessory Kit containing:
10-Foot Line Cord (See Note)
6-Foot Computer Connector Cable, USB
Instruction Manual
Dust Cover
ScanX Cleaning Sheet Sample Kit
CD Disk Containing Drivers, Utilities and
Instruction Manual
Verify that all listed items were received. If any item is missing, notify your authorized
dealer. Unpack each component of the ScanX and inspect for physical damage
such as scratched panels, damaged connectors, etc. If any damage is noted,
notify your authorized dealer immediately so corrective action can be taken.
Figure 1. ScanX 12 Portable Digital Imaging System with In-Line Erase
IMPORTANT:To operate the ScanX, it must be connected to a compliant Computer System, and
the computer must be loaded with an authorized Imaging Software. Neither the
Computer System nor the Software is provided by the manufacturer. Contact
your dealer for available Computer System and Software options.
Computer System Recommendations
The Computer System (laptop, computer, monitor, etc.) and any related
peripheral or other equipment, supplied by the user, or a third party, must
comply with the requirements for “Information Technology Equipment" (ITE)
as specified in IEC 60950 (EN 60950).
The minimum computer system requirements necessary to operate the ScanX
are listed below. Items listed with an asterisk (*) are required.
Operating System:
* Windows 2000 Professional
for an Intel 32-bit processor with
Service Pack 4 or later, or Windows
XP Professional for an Intel 32-bit
processor with Service Pack 1 and
the KB B22603 update or later.
* Must be USB 1.1 or 2.0 or later
2.8 GHz Pentium IV
1 GB
* 1 GB available disk space to start
SVGA 17”, 1024 x768 or higher
resolution, contrast ratio 450:1,
.22 dot pitch capability.
For optimum viewing a CRT is recommended.
* CD ROM Drive
Standard Keyboard & Mouse
Backup Device
External Surge Protector
Power supply backup
*Authorized software is required
USB Port:
Hard Drive:
Monitor (1024 x 768 Resolution):
Video Display Adapter:
Image Management Software:
System Properties.
If unsure of the operating system version installed,
check that it meets the necessary requirements by
checking the System Properties window.
This is done simply by right clicking the My Computer
icon. Selecting Properties from the menu list displays
the System Properties window as shown. The installed
operating system version is listed under the General tab.
The System Properties window can also be opened
from the Desktop Start button. Just press the Start
button and select SettingsControl Panel and
then click System icon.
Green LED indicator
Blue LED Indicator
4 Scanner
Keypad Control Panel
Keypad Control Panel
READY Switch
Green LED indicator
Toggles between the Standby and Ready mode as follows:
1. Press to switch from the Standby mode to the Ready mode.
2. Press and hold down for at least 2 seconds to switch to the
Standby mode from the Ready mode.
Illuminates green to indicate that the ScanX is Ready for operation.
When extinguished, it indicates that the ScanX is in the Standby mode.
Toggles between turning the Erase function OFF and ON. This switch
has no effect once the plate scanning or erasing starts.
Blue LED indicator
Illuminates steady blue to indicate that the Erase function is ON and
PSPs will be erased after scanning.
Flashes blue to indicate that the Erase function is OFF and PSPs will
not be erased after scanning.
4 Scanner Track Indicator LEDs
Illuminate green when the Scanner has been activated, indicating
that a PSP can be fed into the ScanX.
Illuminate yellow, indicating the PSP has been sensed and the
Scanner is transporting the PSP.
The ScanX is equipped with a line cord matching Mains outlet of country of intended use.
USA and some international power line cords are available as required.
Electrical Requirements:
Supply Voltage:
Supply Current:
Line Cord:
Physical Properties:
Operating Dimensions:
In Opened Soft Case:
Out of Soft Case:
Storage Dimensions:
Environmental Conditions:
Unit in Operation
Heat emission: Storage and Transport
100 to 240VAC +/- 10%, 50/60 Hz
2A Maximum
Country Specific Hospital Grade line cord,
(See Note).
D 17 x W 34 x H 19 3/8 inches
D 17 x W 15 5/8 x H 13 3/4 inches
D 17 x W 17 x H 14 1/2 inches
36 lbs.
0 to 104°F (-18 to 40°C)
5% to 95% RH
-21 to 130°F (-29 to 54°C)
5% - 95% (Non-condensing)
Resolution of the ScanX is dependent on operating mode and specific imaging plate type
Resolution (LP/mm)
Compliance Data:
Laser Class:
Class I Laser Product (21 CFR 1040.10)
Class 1 Laser Product (IEC 60825-1)
Laser Product Report
Accession Number:
Installation Category:
Pollution Degree:
User Replacement Items: Line Cord, PSPs
and Computer Connector Cable
IEC601-1 Classification:
Class 1, Type B, Transportable, Continuous Operation,
Equipment not suitable for use in the presence of flammable anaesthetic
mixture(s). Protection against ingress of liquids -Ordinary
Electromagnetic Interference:
Electromagnetic interference between the equipment and other devices can
occur. Do not use the equipment in close conjunction with sensitive devices, or
devices creating high electromagnetic disturbances.
Abbreviations used in this manual are summarized below.
alternating current
CD-ROM compact disk, read-only
Code of Federal
central processing unit
(your computer)
gigabyte (230 109 bytes)
Gigahertz (109 of Hertz)
HzHertz (cycles per second)
International Electro-technical Commission
Image Management
Light emitting diode
line pair per mm
a measure of light intensity
(220 106 bytes)
millimeter (10-3 m)
(Month, 4 digit year)
a luminescent material
part number
phosphor storage plate
(imaging plate)
random access memory
relative humidity
Super Video Graphics
Universal Serial Bus
Watts, width
degree Celsius
degree Fahrenheit
”, in
The ScanX is a completely portable system that can be located anywhere a
grounded electric Mains AC outlet and a compliant laptop computer running
the authorize software is availble. Follow these guidelines for optimum performance:
 Lighting conditions: Set up the scanner in ordinary room light, however,
direct sunlight and light fixture(s) above and near the ScanX producing
more than 400 lux of light at the PSP inlet must be avoided.
 Provide a stable, flat countertop large enough to hold the scanner, plus
provide a working area for resting and opening cassettes.
 Locate the computer within 6 feet.
 Access to a grounded electric Mains AC outlet using the line cord provided,
must be within line cord length. The ScanX is equipped with a line cord
matching Mains outlet of country of intended use.
 Cover the ScanX with the supplied dust cover when it is not in use.
Authorized Imaging Software supplied by the dealer or other company, must be
installed on the computer in order to operate the ScanX.
ScanX Drivers and Utilities Installation
Before connecting the ScanX to your computer or attempting to use it for the first
time, run the Setup program on the ScanX Drivers and Utilities Disk included with
the ScanX. Normally, this program runs automatically when the CD is inserted
into the drive for the first time. If not, run the Setup program located in the root
directory of the CD (typically D:\Setup.exe).
The Setup program guides you through updating the library files on your computer, which must be completed before the ScanX will operate properly. More
information can be found in the Installation Instructions and Notes file on the
ScanX Drivers and Utilities Disk included with the ScanX.
ScanX Connection Procedure
Refer to Figure 2 and perform the following procedure to connect the ScanX for
operation for the first time.
1. Select a location that meets the SITE SELECTION guidelines.
2. Set up the computer according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
Make sure that the computer meets all requirements listed on page 10.
3. Verify that an authorized Imaging Software is installed properly on the computer.
4. Verify that the supplied ScanX Drivers and Utilities Disk which contains the
USB drivers was properly installed per instructions above.
Always make sure to use the same USB port whenever re-connection of the USB cable
is necessary.
5. Connect the high speed USB cable between the USB Type B connector
located on the ScanX panel and the USB Type A connector located on the
Connect the line cord to the ScanX prior to plugging the line cord into the Mains outlet.
6. Connect the line cord between the Mains outlet and the IEC connector
located on the ScanX panel. The scanner is now in the Standby mode.
7. Turn ON the main power to the ScanX by placing the rocker switch on
the Built-In Control/Connector panel to the ON (I) position.
8. Switch the scanner from standby to ON by pressing the membrane READY
switch ( ) located on the Keypad Control Panel on the top of the scanner.
Verify that both the green and blue LED indicators above the READY and
ERASER switches, repectively, illuminate.
The Found New Hardware Wizard may appear each time you plug the ScanX into a
different USB port on your computer.
9. With both the ScanX and computer turned on, Windows detects the ScanX
as a new USB Device and the Found New Hardware Wizard will appear.
Windows should automatically find the drivers installed from the ScanX
Drivers and Utilities Disk. After the wizard completes the first time, it will
appear and complete a second time and then third, and final time.
Green LED
Blue LED
4 Scanner
READY Switch
Press HERE
turn ON or OFF
Main Power
Switch (1/0)
(See Note)
Type B
2 A Circuit
The Switch is the Mains disconnect device.
Figure 2. Typical ScanX Installation
Prior to performing the imaging procedure provided on the following pages, the
user must be familiar with the care, handling and preparation of the PSP in order
to ensure successful image scanning. Figure 3 shows a typical plate.
White or Sensitive Side
or Front of PSP
Black Side or Back of PSP
Figure 3. Typical Plate Configuration
Handle PSPs with Care.
 Avoid scratching or soiling PSPs.
 Do not bend PSPs or apply unnecessary pressure.
 Do not store PSPs in a hot or moist area.
 Protect the PSPs from direct sunlight and ultraviolet rays.
 Pick up the PSPs using two fingers around the edges to avoid unnecessary
contact with the plates.
CAUTION: Use a Plate Protector for each plate.
PSPs may be exposed in cassettes and scanned without Plate Protectors,
however, greater care must be exercised to not expose the PSP to
light before scanning and to prevent the PSP from being scratched or
Plate Protection
When storing or transferring PSPs use an X-ray Cassette for PSPs.
Plate Protector. A correct size Plate Protector should be used when handling
PSPs so as not to scratch or soil the sensitive surface or nick the edges.
Cassettes must not contain intensifying screens when using PSPs.
X-ray Cassette. Place the PSP with the Plate Protector into the appropriate
X-ray Cassette with the sensitive (front) side of the PSP towards the Tube-side of
the cassette and close cassette.
PSPs must always be erased prior to use.
Use PSPs within 24 hours of last erasure. Repeat erasing process if PSPs have been
stored longer than 24 hours.
Erasing PSPs
Each PSP should be used (i.e. X-ray exposed and scanned) within 24 hours
of erasure since natural radiation will add noise to the PSP. Erase PSPs by simply
using the ScanX In-Line Erase Feature. Erasing of PSPs can be accomplished
using one of two methods as follows:
Both erasing methods will result in an erased PSP suitable for reuse. The user will not
observe any difference in ScanX operation when using either method.
Method #1
Perform the Activate Scanner and the Scanning and Erasing Plates procedures on page 18. Except when performing step 4 of the Activate Scanner
procedure, select the Erase option from the installed authorized imaging
software to activate the ScanX. This method does not scan the plate and
no image will be acquired.
Method #2
Perform the Activate Scanner and the Scanning and Erasing Plates procedures on page 18. This method scans the plate and the imaging software
may acquire a “junk image” (scanned latent plate image) that should be
subsequently deleted from the imaging software.
Cleaning Phosphor Storage Plates
For the best images, PSPs should be handled carefully and kept clean. Use the
following procedure to clean plates:
1. Use lint-free, 100% cotton gauze (not cotton balls). Gently wipe the cotton
gauze over the dry Plate surface. Wipe back and forth and then in a circular
2. To clean any remaining stains, dampen the gauze in denatured ethyl alcohol
(1% denaturant) and wipe using the same motion as above.
3. Completely dry the surface by wiping with another piece of cotton gauze.
Make sure that the PSP is completely dry before use.
Do not soak overnight.
Note: A 2% Gluteraldehyde solutions will not damage the PSP.
Disinfecting the Phosphor Storage Plates
There is no reason to routinely disinfect the PSPs unless contamination is suspected.
If a PSP has touched a contaminated surface, it may be immersed briefly in a
cold sterilant according to sterilant manufacturers directions. Do not emerse the
plate if there is any evidence of deep scratches in the surface of the plate or
nicks in the edges of the plate. After disinfection, clean and dry the plate using
the instructions above.
Disposal of Phosphor Storage Plates
Consult with your federal, national, state and local government, for rules and
regulations on disposal of Phosphor Storage Plates.
Cassettes must not contain intensifying screens when using PSPs.
Change in motor noise pitch levels is normal when switching to different resolution setting selections.
Only one exposed PSP can be fed into the ScanX at a time. The next PSP may be fed
only after all four track indicator light LEDs change from yellow to green.
Take an X-Ray Image
Put an image on the PSP by performing the following procedure.
1. Load cassette containing an erased PSP in a Plate Protector into the exposure
device as previously done with film.
2. Take the exposure using either the same settings used for film if previously
“green” film was used or with about half the exposure if “blue” film was
used with intensifying screens.
3. Bring the closed cassette housing the X-ray exposed PSP containing the
latent image to the ScanX. The PSP is now ready to be scanned.
Activate Scanner
Activate the ScanX by performing the following procedures.
1. Make sure the ScanX and computer components are correctly connected
as shown in Figure 1. Place the power rocker switch to the ON (I) position.
2. Switch the scanner from standby to ON by pressing the membrane READY
switch ( ) located on the Keypad Control Panel on the top of the scanner.
3. Verify that both the green and blue LED indicators above the READY and
ERASER switches illuminate. (Default has eraser mode enabled)
4. Use the user-supplied authorized Imaging Software to activate the Scanner
and to select the desired image type and resolution.
5. Verify that the four Scanner track indicators illuminate green when the Scanner
has been activated, indicating that a PSP can be fed into the ScanX.
Scanning and Erasing Plates
Scan and erase an PSP in one operation by performing the following procedures.
1. Orient the cassette so that the Tube side is
facing down and the hinge is away from you.
2. Open the cassette and grasp the Plate Protector
guide flaps to lift out the Plate Protector enclosed
PSP. Pinch guide flaps between the thumb and
index finger to prevent the PSP from sliding out
of the Plate Protector. While minimizing exposure
to ambient light, move it to the ScanX inlet with the
sensitive (front) side of PSP towards the ScanX.
3. As shown by Figure 4, View A, position the
Plate Protector containing the PSP against the
curved inlet, surface and hold it flush against the
scanner inlet. A Plate Protector containing an
exposed PSP narrower than 12 inches may be
centered on the scanner inlet, making sure that
it is aligned.
4. Gently slide the PSP and Protector assembly into
the scanning slot until the Protector is stopped
by both guide flaps resting on the inlet ring as
shown by Figure 4, View B, which further aids in
View A
View B
Figure 4.
Feeding a Plate
Scanning and Erasing Plates (continued)
5. At this point, all four track lights will turn yellow, indicating the PSP has been
sensed and the Scanner is transporting the PSP.
6. Observe that a red glow eminates from the scanner exit slot.
7. Repeat steps 1 through 5 to process additional PSPs as necessary. Another
PSP may be fed into the ScanX when all four track indicator lights illuminate green.
8. Observe that the scanned PSP exits through the scanner arch. Since the
ScanX default operation mode is with the erase mode enabled (blue LED
indicator above the ERASER switch is illuminated), the PSP is erased and
ready for reuse for a new image.
9. Observe that all transport indicators illuminate green and the red glow
from the exit slot extinguishes after the last PSP drops to the tray.
10.Retrieve the processed (scanned and erased) PSP for reuse or storage.
Make sure not to scratch the sensitive surface or nick the edges when
removing from the scanner outlet.
11.View and save the image using features of the user-supplied authorized
Imaging Software.
PSPs will not be erased after scanning when operating the ScanX
with the eraser disabled. PSPs must always be erased prior to exposure to X-rays for new images.
Scanning Plates without Erasing
The ScanX can be operated with the in-line eraser feature turned off. When the
eraser mode is disabled, the ScanX scans the same as when the eraser is enabled
except that the PSPs are not erased after scanning. Scan an PSP without erasing
the image by performing the following procedures.
1. Activate the scanner by performing the procedures on previous page.
Upon activation, the ScanX defaults with the eraser mode enabled.
This must be disabled prior to scanning to prevent erasing of the scanned PSP.
2. Disable the eraser mode of operation by pressing the membrane ERASER switch
located on the Keypad Control Panel. See Figure 10.
3. Verify that the blue LED indicator above the ERASER switch blinks blue to
indicate that the Erase function is OFF. The PSP will not be erased after
4. Insert the exposed PSP to be scanned into the ScanX by performing
the Scanning and Erasing Plates procedures provided on the previous
5. The scanned PSPs still contain latent images that require erasure. Make
sure to erase each PSP prior to reuse for new images.
Erase Only Mode
The ScanX can be used to just erase PSPs. This is done simply by selecting the
Erase option (instead of Scan) from the installed authorized imaging software
when activating the ScanX. During the Erase Only mode just the in-line eraser is
activated. The PSP is transported through the ScanX as a normal scan but is not
scanned. No image is acquired and the PSP is erased and ready for reuse as
necessary. See Erasing PSPs on page 17.
Never power down the system during a scanning
The ScanX is designed to be left on continuously during the active day. At the
end of the day, or whenever desired, power down the system as follows:
1. Switch the ScanX from ON to Standby bypressing and holding the
membrane READY switch (
) on the Keypad Control Panel for
approximately two seconds, until the green LED above the READY
switch extinguishes.
2. Turn OFF the main power to the ScanX by placing the rocker switch
on the Built-In Control/Connector panel to the OFF (O) position.
Maintenance Procedures
The ScanX is designed for many years of trouble-free operation. Maintenance as
described herein is minimal.
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 once per week using a new ScanX Cleaning Sheet each time. Sample
sheets are included with the ScanX and additional sheets can be purchased from
your dealer. Refer to ACCESSORIES page 23.
Disinfecting the ScanX
No disinfection is required for the ScanX.
1. No power/
No green light on
membrane switch
Possible Cause
Corrective Action
• Not plugged in.
• No power at Mains
• Check the line cord
connection is firmly
plugged in.
• Make sure outlet is
grounded and has power.
• The ScanX has not been
turned on.
• Make sure that the rocker
switch is set to ON.
• Defective power supply
• Call your authorized dealer.
2. Green, Blue or
• Defective light or circuitry.
Yellow indicator light
does not work.
• Call your authorized dealer.
3. Imaging Software
does not recognize
the ScanX when
• Inadequate Computer
• Verify Computer System
requirements (Page 10).
• The ScanX has not been
turned on.
• The computer does not
recognize that the ScanX is
• ScanX hardware problem.
• Make sure that the READY
switch is set to ON and
the green indicator light is
• Reconnect the cable.
Check for tightness.
Replace if necessary.
• Verify that the Setup
program was correctly
installed (Page 14).
• Call your authorized dealer.
4. Plate does not
scan properly.
• The PSP was not pushed
far enough into the ScanX.
• Fully feed the PSP into the
5. No image appears
after scanning.
• The PSP fed backwards
• Quickly refeed the plate
(printed side towards ScanX).
with the printed side out.
If a substandard image
results, retake image.
• The PSP was erased prior to • Feed the PSPs into the
scanner immediately and
quickly after removal from
the cassette.
• The computer connection
cable is loose or defective.
Do not allow the
PSP to be exposed
to light between
taking an X-ray
and scanning with
the ScanX.
•Hardware failure.
• Call your authorized dealer.
• X-ray source failed
or low exposure.
• Call your authorized dealer..
Image is too dark.
7. Image appears
skewed on monitor.
Possible Cause
Corrective Action
• PSP has been overexposed • Use software to adjust
brightness. If this is not
possible, retake image with
proper (lower) exposure
and a newly erased PSP.
• PSP was fed skewed.
• When inserting PSP into
feed slot, be sure to “feel”
for resistance of light seal
brush, align PSP, and then
push down uniformly on
top edge of PSP.
8. Image contains ghost • PSP was not completely
images or shadows.
erased prior to use.
• Make sure ScanX is operating with eraser turned
on (blue LED indicator
above the ERASER switch
is illuminated steadily).
• Imaging Plate was exposed • Make sure the plates are
with the back of the IP facing
inserted properly into the
the tubehead.
barrier envelope or cassette with the proper orientation to the X-ray source.
• Do not store PSPs in cas• PSP has been stored too
settes for more than 24
long in cassette.
• Partial erasure of the image • Do not leave exposed
due to exposure to light
PSPs in well lit areas.
during handling of the PSP
Transfer PSPs from their
protective cassettes to the
ScanX within one hour of
9. Image shows
artifacts or white or
black lines.
• The PSP surface is not
clean and has dirt, stains or
scratches on it.
• ScanX plate transport path
may contain an obstruction,
debris or dust.
• Clean the PSP. If the PSP
is scratched or stained, do
not reuse.
• Clean transport path using
a ScanX Cleaning Sheet.
The following lists the ordering number and description for accessory components
available to maintain the ScanX to meet your professional needs. Contact your
authorized dealer for information.
Part Number
ScanX Cleaning Sheets*
Box of 12
Box of 25
ScanX Dust Cover Kit
Black Rotomold Transport Case
Line Cord**
6-Foot Computer Connector Cable, USB
15-Foot Computer Connector Cable, USB
Medical Phosphor Storage Plates
8 x 10 inches
10 x 12 inches
1 per package
1 per package
Plate Protectors
8 x 10 inches
10 x 12 inches
1 per package
1 per package
8 x 10 inches
10 x 12 inches
1 per package
1 per package
* One re-usable Release Liner is included in each box of ScanX Cleaning Sheets.
** USA and some international power line cords are available as required.
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