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Fuji Medical Dry Laser Imager

Overview

(DRYPIX 6000) Implementation of


the QC Function
Quality Control Function
2nd Edition : September 2016
Appendix

Index

This Manual provides operational procedure of the DRYPIX Smart Quality


Control and Precautions thereof. Be sure to read this Manual prior to using this
product. After reading this Manual, please store it in a safe place for handy
reference. Please also read the “DRYPIX Smart Operation Manual” which
provides detailed information on the operation of the DRYPIX Smart and the
“FCR Quality Assurance Program Plus – For Medical Institutions - Image
Recorder Guidebook” (optional).

897N102438A
Introduction
This Manual is applicable to the following software.
• DRYPIX Smart Main Software V. 1.0 or later

This Manual provides an explanation about the Quality Control (hereafter indicated as QC) function
of the Fuji Medical Dry Laser Imager DRYPIX 6000 (hereinafter referred to as “DRYPIX Smart”).
The QC function can only be used if the QC function is set to “Available” during installation. The QC
is a function to implement the quality control of the images printed by the DRYPIX Smart.

For the concepts behind the quality control, refer to the following guidebook.
• “FCR Quality Assurance Program Plus – For Medical Institutions – Image Recorder Guidebook”
(sold separately, hereafter indicated as “The guidebook”)
Accompanying documents were originally drafted in the English language.

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remodeling, maintenance, and repair using repair parts other than those specified by
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negligence of precautions and operating methods contained in this manual.
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Chapter Descriptions

Overview
Chapter 1 This chapter provides an overview of the quality control of the DRYPIX Smart’s
images as well as an overview of the QC functions to implement quality control.

Implementation of the QC Function


Chapter 2 This chapter provides the procedures to implement the DRYPIX Smart’s QC
functions.

Appendix
Appendix A worksheet is attached for a recording of the results of the QC functions. Copy
the worksheet to use it.

Index

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Contents
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Chapter 1 Overview
1.1 The Quality Control (QC) Function���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-1
1.2 Precautions When Implementing the Uniformity Test Using the QC Function���������� 1-2

Chapter 2 Implementation of the QC Function


2.1 Preparations Prior to Performing QC������������������������������������������������������������������������ 2-1
2.1.1 Preparations���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������2-1
2.2 QC Procedure����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-2
2.3 Initiation and Termination of the QC Functions��������������������������������������������������������� 2-3
2.3.1 Initiating the QC Function�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������2-3
2.3.2 Terminating the QC Function��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������2-4
2.4 Printing the QC Test Patterns������������������������������������������������������������������������������������2-5
2.4.1 Printing Operation�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������2-5
2.4.2 Explanation of the QC Test Patterns��������������������������������������������������������������������������2-6
2.5 Measuring the Printing Density��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-7
2.5.1 Using Auto Density Measurement to Measure the Print Density�������������������������������2-7
2.5.2 Measuring the Print Density Using an External Densitometer�����������������������������������2-8
2.6 Measuring the Format����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-9
2.7 Confirming the Artifact�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-10

Index

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Chapter 1 Overview

1.1 The Quality Control (QC) Function


The Quality Control (hereafter indicated as QC) Function is an uniformity test for exercising quality 1
control over the images printed by the DRYPIX Smart. The following provides an explanation of the
uniformity test of the QC function.

Overview
In order to maintain the quality of the images printed by the DRYPIX Smart, this device is subjected
to an uniformity test. With the DRYPIX Smart keep the following points in mind when implementing
the QC function for the uniformity test.
1. Use the DRYPIX Smart to print the “test patterns” used for quality control.
2. Make sure that no error code is displayed on the display panel of the DRYPIX Smart.
The measured result and the measured results besides those of the QC test pattern are recorded
on the worksheet.The uniformity test is periodically implemented and its results are recorded
each time.Check the results measured by the uniformity test do not exceed the standard value.
Contact our official dealer should the measured results exceed the standard value. In this case, the
worksheet with a record of the results measured by the uniformity test is required.

Quality control can be implemented using other means than the uniformity test. In addition, the
uniformity test can be implemented without the use of the QC function, however the use of the
uniformity test will make quality control easier and more reliable.

Daily usage of the DRYPIX Smart

Implement uniformity test


Print a QC test pattern using the DRYPIX Smart’s
QC function, and record the presence/absence of
an error and other measurement results.

Evaluate measured results


(Check that recorded results do not exceed the
standard value)

If measured results exceed


the standard value

Contact our official dealer

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1.2 Precautions When Implementing the
Uniformity Test Using the QC Function
• T
 he film tray on which the uniformity test is performed must be specified at the time of the
equipment installation. If a tray is not set for the uniformity test at the time of installation, the tray
cannot be tested even if it is for use.
1 To change the tray setting, contact Fujifilm service personnel.
Overview

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Chapter 2 Implementation of the QC
Function
2.1 Preparations Prior to Performing QC
The following provides the preparations that have to be taken in order to perform QC using the QC
function of the DRYPIX Smart.
2
2.1.1 Preparations

Implementation of the QC Function


Prepare the following prior to performing QC.
● External densitometer
● Plastic ruler
● Worksheet

1. External Densitometer
For the external densitometer, use a densitometer calibrated with the standard density step tablet
that complies with the expiration date. The use of a standard density step tablet manufactured
based on a density step tablet (NIST : National Institute of Standards and Technology (US)) is
recommended. The recommended density step tablet and densitometer are as follows.

● Recommended density specimen


Manufacturer : x-rite
Product name : 301-27 Certified 5-Step Transmission Step Wedge

● Recommended densitometer
Manufacturer : x-rite
Product name : 331

2. Plastic Ruler
Use a general straight ruler enabling measurement down to the millimeter. The use of a transparent
ruler with an easy to check indication is recommended.

3. Worksheet
Make a copy of the worksheet in the appendix of this Manual and use that.

n Basic values and setting standards


For the basic values and setting standard value of the format and the external density, a suitable
value is set for the DRYPIX Smart at the time it is installed. In general, these values do not need to
be changed.

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2.2 QC Procedure
The following provides the procedure for performing QC with the DRYPIX Smart consisting of printing
the QC test pattern and measurement of the printed QC test pattern.

Starting the QC function

Start the QC function from the DRYPIX Smart’s


utility.

2
Select the tray
Select either tray 1 or tray 2.
Implementation of the QC Function

Printing the QC test pattern Contact our official dealer if...


Print a QC test pattern and check that the “208” error
code is not displayed.

If the “208” error code is displayed,


contact our official dealer.

Measuring the QC test pattern using


an external densitometer
Measuring the density measurement part of the QC
test patterns using an external densitometer.
Record the measurement results in the worksheet. any measurement value of Density
1, Density 2, or Density 3 exceeds
the standard value range.

Measuring the format


Use a plastic ruler to measure the length of Format A
and Format B of the QC test pattern.
Record the measurement results in the worksheet.
any measurement value exceeds
the standard value range.

Checking artifacts
Visually check the QC test pattern for irregularities
and disorderly patterns.
Record the visual check results in the worksheet.
you confirm the presence of artifacts.

The “Guidebook” provides details of the standard values (basic values) and the setting standard.

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2.3 Initiation and Termination of the QC
Functions
The following provides an explanation of the procedures for the initiation and termination of the QC
function of the DRYPIX Smart.

2.3.1 Initiating the QC Function


The QC function is initiated from the DRYPIX 2 From the Utility mode, select the QC
Smart Utility mode. function.
2
Press the Utility button again to select “U-2”.
1 Initiate the DRYPIX Smart Utility mode.
Press the Utility button of the DRYPIX Smart.

Implementation of the QC Function


Press.

HINT
The utility mode starts.
Basic Operations in Utility Mode
The Display panel changes and shows “U-1”.
The table below shows the basic Utility menu
operations available when the printer has
switched to Utility Mode.

Utility button Every press of this button


( ) switches the functions or options
displayed on the panel.
Enter button Press this button to select or
( ) execute the displayed item.

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2.3.2 Terminating the QC Function
By terminating the QC function, the DRYPIX
Smart returns to the condition in which
regular printing is possible.

1 Display the number or remaining film


sheets in either operation, and exit from the
Utility.
 Press the Utility button several times.
 Press the Enter button when “ESC” is displayed.

2
 10 seconds have elapsed without any operation.

HINT
When a QC test pattern is output, the Utility mode
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automatically exits and the number of remaining


film sheets appears on the display panel.

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2.4 Printing the QC Test Patterns
The following provides an explanation of the operation procedure for printing the QC test patterns from
the QC menu and explains the QC test patterns.

2.4.1 Printing Operation


Using the following procedure, print the QC 4 Select the slot and press Set button.
patterns.

1 While “U-1” is displayed, press the Utility


button twice to select “U-2”.
2

Implementation of the QC Function


QC output is executed.
“U-2” blinks when QC output is executed.
The “U-2” indication blinks.
After a few minutes, the QC test patterns are
printed.
2 Press the Set button while “U-2” is displayed.
Refer to “2.5.1 Using Auto Density Measurement to
Measure the Print Density” for details.

Slot 1 is displayed.

3 Press the Utility button to select the slot.

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2.4.2 Explanation of the QC Test Patterns
The following explains examples of the QC test patterns.

<35 5 43 cm (14” 5 17”)>

To b e u s e d f o r t h e
measurement by the
2 external densitometer
Format B
of density 0, 1, 2 and 3. Measure format B
*(When set at time of using a plastic ruler.
installation, density 4
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can be measured, too.)

SMPTE test pattern


To be used for checking
the artifacts.
Format A
Measure format A using a plastic ruler.

<35 5 35 cm (14” 5 14”)> <26 5 36 cm>

Format B

Format B

Format A

Format A

<25 5 30 cm (10” 5 12”)> <20 5 25 cm (8” 5 10”)>

Format B
Format B

Format A

Format A

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2.5 Measuring the Printing Density
The following describes how to measure the printing density by internal and external densitometer.

2.5.1 Using Auto Density Measurement to Measure the Print


Density
1 Print a QC test pattern and check that the
“208” error code is not displayed.
If the “208” error code is displayed, contact our
official dealer. 2

Implementation of the QC Function

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2.5.2 Measuring the Print Density Using an External
Densitometer
The following provides an explanation how
to measure the density using an external
densitometer and record the results in the
worksheet.

1 Using the external densitometer, measure


the density of the QC test patterns.
Measure the density at the each QC pattern 0 to 3.

2
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lW
 hen density 4 is set using the service settings, density
4 is measured as well.

2 Record the measurement results of each


density in the worksheet.
Record the measurement values and the
determination of the measurement results (PASS/
FAIL) in the worksheet.
● Determination of the measurement results
PASS........ When the measurement value is within the
standard range of the standard values
FAIL.......... When the values exceeds the range above
*W  hen the determination of the measurement result is
“FAIL”, start again from the procedure 1. If the
measurement result is still “FAIL”, increase the
measurement frequency and confirm the result.
Furthermore, if “FAIL” is still measured often, contact
our official dealer as appropriate.
● Initial setting values of the basic values and the setting
standard values
Basic Value Setting Standard Value
Step 0 0.17 ±0.08
Step 1 0.48 ±0.10
Step 2 1.20 ±0.20
Step 3 1.92 ±0.25
(Step 4) 3.00 ±0.25
To change the value, contact Fujifilm service personnel.

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2.6 Measuring the Format
The following provides how to measure the [Format A] and [Format B] and record the result in the
worksheet. Perform this measurement once every three months or when changing the installation
location.

1 Using a plastic ruler, measure the length 2 Record the format measurement results in
(mm) [Format A] and [Format B] of the QC the worksheet.
test patterns. Record the measured results and the determination
Format B of the measurement (PASS/FAIL) in the worksheet.
● Determination of the measurement results
PASS........ When the format length is within the
2
standard range of the standard values
FAIL.......... When the values exceeds the range above

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*W  hen the determination of the measurement result is
“FAIL”, start again from the procedure 1. If the
measurement result is still “FAIL”, increase the
measurement frequency and confirm the result.
Furthermore, if “FAIL” is still measured often, contact
our official dealer as appropriate.
● Initial setting values of the basic values and the setting
standard values
Basic Value Setting Standard Value
35×43cm A 304.0 mm ±15.2 mm
(14”517”) B 406.0 mm ±20.3 mm
35×35cm A 304.0 mm ±15.2 mm
(14”514”) B 304.0 mm ±15.2 mm
A 304.0 mm ±15.2 mm
26×36cm
B 202.0 mm ±10.1 mm
25×30cm A 202.0 mm ±10.1 mm
Format A (10”512”) B 202.0 mm ±10.1 mm
lU
 se the plastic ruler described in “2.1 Preparations Prior 20×25cm A 156.0 mm ±7.8 mm
to Performing QC”. (8”510”) B 202.0 mm ±10.1 mm

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2.7 Confirming the Artifact
The artifact indicates irregularities in the QC test pattern, including abnormalities in the striped parts,
irregular lines, ununiformity density that can be visually observed, etc. The following provides an
explanation how to print the QC test pattern, confirm the presence or absence of artifacts, and record
the confirmed result in the worksheet. Perform this measurement once every three months or when
changing the installation location.

1 Use a viewbox for visual check whether the


QC test pattern has artifacts.
2
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SMPTE Test Pattern

2 Record the confirmed result in the


worksheet.
Record the determination of the measurement
results (PASS/FAIL) in the worksheet.
● Determination of the measurement results
PASS........ If the artifacts can not be confirmed by
visual check
No abnormalities
in the stripes

● In some cases,


lateral stripes
can be observed
in patterns,
however these
are not artifacts.

No distorted and
bent lines

FAIL.......... In cases other than above ones


*W
 hen the determination of the measurement result is
“FAIL”, start again from the procedure 1. If the
measurement result is still “FAIL”, increase the
measurement frequency and confirm the result.
Furthermore, if “FAIL” is still measured often, contact
our official dealer as appropriate.

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DRYPIX Smart
Quality Control Function
Reference Guide
Worksheet
Densitometer ID: Record the date of the measurement.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Printer Name: Serial No. Year
Month
Film Name:
Day

Film Size: Installation Date: / / Operator

Measurement results of the print density: Record the measurement values at density 0-4 with the judgment result. (*Density 4 is the service setting)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Density 4 3.30

3.25

3.20

3.15

3.10

3.05

3.00

Appendix
2.95

2.90

2.85

2.80

2.75

2.70

Measurement value

Determination of PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS
the measurement FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Density 3 2.20

2.15

2.10

2.05

2.00

1.95

1.90

1.85

1.80

1.75

1.70

1.65

Measurement value

Determination of PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS
the measurement
FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Density 2 1.45

1.40

1.35

1.30

1.25

1.20

1.15

1.10

1.05

1.00

0.95

Measurement value

Determination of PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS
the measurement
FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Density 1 0.60

0.55

0.50

0.45

0.40

0.35

0.30

Measurement value

Determination of PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS
the measurement
FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Density 0 0.30

0.25

0.20

0.15

0.10

Measurement value

Determination of PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS
the measurement
FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL
Appendix

Format Measurement Result: Record the measurement value of format A and B along with the determination of the measurement in the table below.

Format A
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Measured
value (mm)

Determination of PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS
the measurement FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL

Format B

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Measured
value (mm)

Determination of PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS
the measurement
FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL

Artifact Determination of the Measurement: Record the determination of the measurement of the artifact in the table below.

Artifact

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Determination of PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS
the measurement FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL

Auto Density Measurement Result: Record the result of the Auto Density Measurement in the table below.

Auto Density Measurement

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Determination of PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS
the measurement FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL

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