Reviewed by IndianRadiologist

Next Generation Color Printers: Are they here to stay?


Before we review this printer, we go back to the late 80s and 90s where semi-automatic cameras were first introduced. Six shoots were taken and the single side emulsion film was then developed in the dark room like regular x-rays. These gave way within a few years to automatic cameras that were quicker and sharper but films still had to be developed in the dark room.

The advent of Sony and Mitsubishi B&W printers heralded a major shift in giving ultrasound prints from dark room to day light, and most users shifted to these printers as they were trouble free and instant.

DICOM printers that came with CR systems heralded another shift as the images were easily printed from X-Ray, Ultrasound and CT/MR systems with choice of film size.

Wet printers gave way to dry printers, and most of the time these are absolutely satisfactory.

The color film is the problem though that persists. Should we use ink jet printers, or send it to a photo lab or use an image grabber and make printers on a laser printer.

A few color printers have entered the market, and we review the compact DS RX1.

The DS RX1 has a nice small footprint thats akin to the Sony B&W printers, only twice as large and is quite boxy in appearance. This printer can easily be kept besides the Ultrasound machine and can be connected to it via a USB port. Usage is simple and print quality is very good. The paper printer is easily loaded and prints are instant, and crisp.

DS RX1 printers use an exclusive internal print method that safeguards the paper from exposure to dust and other contaminants. The printers feature a cartridge-based ribbon supply that makes loading fast and easy.

The paper is laminated, and the lamination layer on the media provides resistance to fading, fingerprints, water, ozone and dust. Maintenance is just of the paper and there is almost no need for replacement of the ink cartridge.

While the company suggests a larger model for larger centers with multiple modalities, the DS RX1 also is capable of ultrasound & Color Doppler; print size is 8 x 6 inches, and this can be easily clipped with the main report for easy viewing of the important images by the referring consultant, who otherwise has to go through multiple sheets of film to find the images he or she wishes to see.


This printer is robust, and prints brilliant images, and is likely to be placed as an adjunct to DICOM cameras in busy centers where quick color images are required.