The US Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA) is set to field its new portable digital radiography system (PDRS) on the battlefield.

The new PDRS is intended to replace the ageing X-ray generator and an accompanying computerised reader system, by combining these capabilities into a single lightweight X-ray unit that will be used by deployed medical, special operations and mortuary affairs army units.

This smaller, lighter and less expensive device is claimed to be more cyber-secure than previously fielded systems.

USAMMA equipment specialist Diego Gomez-Morales said that the move to the PDRS 'will significantly reduce the cost per system and overall logistical footprint'.

Gomez-Morales said: "The change will save the army about $55,000 per system.

"It will also reduce shipping weight by about 60lb per system and reduce the number of shipping containers from three to one."

The PDRS will be fielded with a complete training support package, including guides for operators and maintainers, the US Army stated.

"The change will save the army about $55,000 per system."

Additionally, all parts of the system are catalogued and sourced in order to expedite future repairs.

The system is said to be the first army medical device to receive its authority to operate (ATO) under the new risk management framework (RMF).

The PDRS underwent cyber-security testing at the Information Security and Engineering Command, environmental testing at the Aberdeen Test and Evaluation Center, and operational testing at the US Army Medical Center Department Center and School.

The US Navy and Marine Corps will also field PDRS to achieve greater medical system standardisation.

Image: US Army Medical Materiel Agency equipment specialist Diego Gomez-Morales demonstrates the new PDRS. Photo: courtesy of the US Army.