Discovery XR656 Plus

Advanced digital radiographic system powered by FlashPad.

Discovery XR656 Plus

Advanced digital radiographic system powered by FlashPad.

Advance your clinical capabilities

Our advanced clinical applications provide access to areas of uncertainties, helping you uncover information previously hidden within conventional 2D radiographic imaging.


It delivers:



Dual Energy Subtraction


Auto Image Paste


FlashPadTM Digital radiography detector

At the heart of the DiscoveryTM XR656 Plus is FlashPad, GE’s wireless, digital detector. FlashPad is unique in that it can be shared with other compatible GE digital radiographic products. Freedom to share makes your detector a sound investment today and into the future.

Gain control over your workflow

You can choose the configuration that best meets your clinical needs: a table, wallstand, or table and wallstand with either a single or dual detector offering. And, because FlashPad can be shared, a single detector can be all you need.

Keep your patients comfortable. Capture images efficiently.

GE’s advanced automation, advanced clinical tools, intuitive interfaces and seamless transitions between image receptors help remove the barriers that can inhibit workflow. 

Service you can count on!

We realize that an investment in a digital detector is an important capital investment. With GE’s Services portfolio, we’ll keep you satisfied.

1. No clinical evidence has been established supporting the following claims in patients with active lung or pleural disease that could obscure pulmonary nodules, including fibrosis, emphysema, compressed lung, scarring, severe lung disease, and in patients with objects in or around the lungs that could obscure pulmonary nodules. The effectiveness of the device may vary depending on nodule prevalence and type.

2. Defined as a recommendations for further advanced imaging, based upon the Fleischner Society guidelines for pulmonary nodule management. MacMahon, Heber, et al. “Guidelines for Management of Small Pulmonary Nodules Detected on CT Scans: A Statement from the Fleischner Society.” Radiology 237.2(2005):395-400.

Clinical Cases

Case 1

A 13- year-old patient arrived post-surgical with extreme hip pain. An AP hip radiograph was taken, but did not allow enough clinical information to determine the screw-placement status.

Had an implanted screw invaded the hip joint space?

VolumeRAD study ordered.
VolumeRAD allowed removal of overlying structures, helping to enable a confident diagnosis.

The definitive answer: no.

A single-slice interval from the VolumeRAD data revealed that the implanted screw had not invaded the joint space.
The patient underwent secondary surgery and proper implant placement was confirmed.

Case 2

A patient at a hospital in St. Louis, MO., presented with a historic chest x-ray showing an anomaly in the left upper lung lobe as a bone growth, rather than as a tissue lesion.

Is it bone growth or a tissue lesion?

Dual Energy Extraction applied.
Through a Dual Energy Subtraction chest exam, the bony anatomy was removed from the images, increasing the visibility of the tissue-based anatomy.


Definitive diagnosis achieved.

A 12 mm nodule was discovered directly behind the area of concern, ruling out the rib-related bony growth. Digital radiography with Dual Energy Subtraction may have helped lead to a definitive diagnosis.

Case 3

A patient presented with gross hematuria. To confirm the cause, hospital staff turned to VolumeRAD, choosing this tool over CT.

What was causing blood in the urine?

VolumeRAD study ordered.
Staff initially chose a 20 min radiograph, then considered different options.

Definitive diagnosis achieved.

The single 4 mm slice interval image revealed a lobulated mass in the left paramedian aspect of the bladder. The radiologist stated the following: The increased coronal spatial resolution of the digital rad image helped confirm diagnosis; and, the ureter entering the bladder was clearly visible.

Case 4

A 49-year-old patient presented in the emergency department with chest pain, nausea and vomiting. Initial PA chest images were negative.

Was it a mass causing this patient’s symptoms?

Dual Energy Extraction applied.
A Dual Energy Subtraction chest exam subtracted calcified structures from the PA image, and a mass was identified in the esophagus.

Definitive diagnosis achieved.

A congenital or acquired out-pouching of the esophageal wall was discovered and diagnosed as an esophageal diverticulum. Later, a CT exam confirmed the diverticulum.

Case 5

6-year-old patient with multiple lytic lesions, Oliers disease, could not stand properly for a traditional upright image paste protocol. The pathology required an alternate imaging method: several images were acquired while patient was lying flat.

How do advanced applications work in unique situations?

Desired image created.
Using Auto Image Paste, multiple low dose images were obtained and pasted into a single image using the recumbent table paste mode.

Improved productivity achieved.

The Auto Image Paste software on the hospital’s radiographic system allowed non-upright pasting imaging. Total exam time: under 4 minutes. In this case, the hospital realized a 70 percent reduction in total time as compared to a previous study using a long cassette.