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By: Quantx International  11-11-2011

First Odelca-DR digital X-ray camera system installed in South Africa

The University of Cape Town Lung Institute (UCTLI) purchased an Odelca-DR camera system. The Odelca-DR, digital X-ray camera system, is an innovative chest X-ray solution accelerating tuberculosis case detection. Fast computer-aided diagnosis will significantly contribute to the battle against TB by recognizing specific tuberculosis patterns in the lungs.

QuantX International, regional partner of Delft Imaging Systems, the manufacturer of Odelca-DR, is responsible for installation, service and support of this project.

Commenting on this project Dr Rodney Dawson, head of the Centre for Tuberculosis Research Innovation  of the Lung Institute says: “Newer digital technology will play an important role in screening of patients for tuberculosis. Automated systems such as Odelca-DR allow for rapid population screening and the ease of use of such systems with off-site reporting and future digital reconstruction reporting represents a major move forward from conventional analogue radiology in high incidence settings.”

Joop van Beek, International Sales Manager of Delft Imaging Systems states: “For many years our company has been active on the national and international level as a supplier of X-ray systems for the fight against tuberculosis. In 1950, Oldelft supplied the first analogue thorax systems, the Odelca. After innovations such as the Electrodelca and Digidelca we are delighted that the University of Cape Town Lung Institute have chosen for our new, digital thorax system - the Odelca-DR.”This project is part of the “Computer Aided Diagnosis for TB” (CAD4TB) program, partially financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Image Sciences Institute of the University of Utrecht and Delft Diagnostic Imaging collaborate with the University of Cape Town, the Desmond Tutu Lung Institute of the University of Stellenbosch (both of RSA) and Zambart (Zambia) to develop this breakthrough capability.


Tuberculosis is one of the most important global health problems. The vast majority of TB cases are in developing countries and South Africa has an exceedingly high TB case rate. Chest X-rays play a significant role in accelerating diagnosis and should be performed early in the course of the examination of a tuberculosis suspect. The limitations on the wider use of chest X-rays, such as non-availability at peripheral health facilities and the difficulty of interpreting results, even by trained physicians, remain a major obstacle.

About the University of Cape Town Lung Institute

The Lung Institute, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Cape Town, is nearing the end of its ninth year of operation and grows both in terms of projects and budget (of more than 20% year on year). The six Clinical Research Units respond to the need and opportunities for addressing health issues in Southern Africa.

One of these units, the Centre for Tuberculosis Research Innovation (CTBRI) comprises a section devoted to novel treatments and trials of new candidate drugs for tuberculosis (headed by Dr Rodney Dawson) based in the Institute and the Lung Infection and Immunity Unit under the direction Associate Professor Keertan Dheda which forms part of the same Unit based in the Department of Medicine, in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The CTBRI was formed in 2007 and has over a short period developed a reputation for trials with both high quality and recruitment.

About Delft Imaging Systems
Delft Imaging Systems is specialized in development, manufacture, sales, service and support of innovative diagnostic X-ray products, with particular reference to direct digital chest imaging solutions. The systems are notable in particular for being able to combine high image quality with low patient dose. Delft Imaging Systems is a part of Delft Diagnostic Imaging.