Press Releases

November 29, 2011


Unique wireless technology, optimized for ultra-high data rate, short-range communications and avoidance of interference, is ideal for hospital environments

IRVINE, Calif. – November 29, 2011 – Starix Technology, Inc., a California company with a portfolio of world-leading wireless technology and design experience, announced that GE Healthcare will be demonstrating several portable X-ray systems based on the innovative GE FlashPad® multi-platform wireless X-ray detector, incorporating ultra-wideband radio technology from Starix, at RSNA 2011, the Radiological Society of North America 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

The FlashPad wireless X-ray detector provides premium performance and flexibility, combining high image quality at low dosage levels with two handle maneuverability and increased coverage area. A key enabling feature is the underlying ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless technology provided by Starix. UWB’s ultra-high supported data rates allow acquisition of multiple images in under a second, facilitating advanced solutions such as VolumeRad® and Dual Energy Subtraction. By using significantly lower transmitted power levels than comparable wireless systems and frequencies separate from the heavily used Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) and Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (UNII) bands used by Wi-Fi and many other technologies, UWB virtually eliminates interference to and from other wireless systems, providing an ideal choice for crowded hospital environments. Through Starix’s unmatched design experience in UWB systems, these advantages are realized in a compact and well-proven wireless modem designed for smooth integration.

“We wanted to make FlashPad excel in flexibility, efficiency, and practicality, while preserving the highest standards in performance and quality,” said David Widmann, General Manager for Diagnostic X-ray, Radiography for GE Healthcare. “The underlying UWB wireless technology, which is unique among wireless detectors, is a key part of the whole product experience.”

“The GE FlashPad detector is an exciting example of how wireless technology can transform all aspects of our lives by bringing mobility and portability to even the most sophisticated and complex systems,” said Frederic Battaglia, CEO of Starix. “Ultra-wideband brings unique advantages that are ideally matched to the hospital environment.”

Showcasing the products and flexible work flows enabled by FlashPad, GE’s booth will feature demonstrations of the GE Optima® XR220amx Mobile X-Ray System and the Discovery® XR656 Digital X-Ray System.


RSNA 2011 is at McCormick Place, Chicago, from November 27-December 2, 2011. GE’s booths are at South Building: Hall A, booths 3265, 3335, and 3465.