DR 18M


Not yet available in US & Canada


  • The easiest and most versatile way to go Direct Digital for mammography
  • Cassette-sized detector fits in 18×24 buckys standard to analog mammography X-ray modalities
  • Detector absorption is compatible with mammography X-ray units
  • EC Automatic Exposure Detection (AED) enables seamless use with virtually all X-ray mammography systems, regardless of vendor, maximizing the use of the existing X-ray equipment
  • High DQE at high resolution and the lossless AED feature of the detector support low dose examinations
  • Cassette-less solution improves workflow and examination speed
  • MUSICA processing offers excellent contrast detail and consistent image quality

Does the pixel size of a full-field digital mammography detector matter for early detection of breast cancer?

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The DR 18M flat panel digital X-ray detector is designed for Digital Radiography (DR) mammography.

The directly deposited CsI-based scintillator and 76 μm pixel pitch resolution deliver the high image quality needed for mammography examinations. The cassette-sized AED detector is compatible with analog mammography X-ray modalities, enabling an easy and vendorneutral upgrade to DR, and leveraging the radiography department’s existing investments.


The DR 18M detector supports an easy, vendor-neutral upgrade of your analog X-ray mammography modalities to Digital Radiography (DR). The cassette-sized detector is designed to fit in the 18×24 buckys standard to analog mammography.

The Automatic Exposure Detection (AED) enables seamless use with analog X-ray mammography systems, since it avoids the need for synchronization with the modality and therefore any electrical connection to the X-ray system. The absorption of the detector is designed to be compatible with the Automatic Exposure Control (AEC) of the mammography X-ray units. To switch from conventional or CR mammography, only a modality alignment is needed.


The scintillator of the detector uses directly deposited CsI. Combined with the high resolution pixel pitch of 76 μm, it delivers the excellent image quality required for digital mammography examinations.

The high Detective Quantum Efficiency (DQE) and pixel size support lower radiation dose for patients. In addition, the lossless AED feature of the detector is, due to the simultaneously sensing of the X-ray, not increasing the patient dose.


The DR 18M provides all the advantages of Direct Digital, while enabling you to maximize the use of your existing equipment. Part of Agfa’s DR Mammography solution, it includes the NX image acquisition workstation with MUSICA image processing.

The preview and the MUSICA processed image display only takes a few seconds after exposure. The cassette-less solution provides a range of workflow benefits that improve productivity and speed up exam time. The detector can remain in the bucky at all times; there is no need to charge batteries with this wired solution.

“The smart move to intelligent and efficient DR Mammography”

Every woman deserves a safe mammography environment and the lowest possible dose,
whether for screening or diagnostic mammograms.

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Protect your investment


Accidents can happen. Protect your portable DR detector from accidental damage with our Damage Assistance Program (DAsP). For the solid confidence of knowing it’s always there, where and when you need it.

DAsP: Premium coverage, up-front

DAsP covers accidents such as drops and liquid damages caused by the trained user.

Once Agfa HealthCare has determined that the damaged detector cannot be repaired on-site, it will be replaced with a working unit through an accelerated process, to maximize your system uptime. You will only pay a minimal co-pay for a damage occurrence.

The DAsP can be purchased at the point of sale, for a period of up to five years.

The diagnosis is in the detail

For decades, Agfa’s MUSICA software has been taking image processing to the next level, delivering digital radiography image processing software that automatically produces optimized images.

That’s why we call it the “gold standard”.

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Agfa’s digital radiography solutions are designed to deliver the optimum balance between low radiation dose and high image quality while providing the tools to monitor the patient exposures.

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* Testing with board certified Radiologists has determined that Cesium Bromide (CR) and Cesium Iodide (DR) Detectors when used with MUSICA processing can provide dose reductions between 50 to 60% when compared to traditional Barium Fluoro Bromide CR systems. Contact Agfa for more details.

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