MUSICA™ image processing

Your first image, is the right one

Image quality excellence, without efforts

MUSICA™ – Multi-Scale Image Contrast Amplification – is a patented image processing that directly improves image quality and the exam workflow for both radiographers and radiologists. MUSICA™ results in more detail in images for a confident and comfortable reading.

Why choose MUSICA™ for chest exams?

Increased visualization of catheters, tubes and PICC lines

with the Catheter companion image

Visible microfractures, nodules behind dense structures

with Digital Tomosynthesis

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High details in the mediastinum

with MUSICA™ 3

Why choose MUSICA™ for abdomen exams?

Sharp delineation of bowel wall

with MUSICA™ 3+

Clear, simultaneous presentation of both dense and non-dense areas

with MUSICA™ 3+

Improved visualization of abdominal organs and catheters, stents etc…

with MUSICA™ 3+

Differentiation of skin and fat layers in the periphery.

with MUSICA™ 3+

Why choose MUSICA™ for extremities exams?

Sharp trabecular and cortical bone

with MUSICA™ 3

Balanced presentation of both soft tissue and overlapping bone structures

with MUSICA™ 3

True representation of implants with clear bone interfaces

with MUSICA™ 3

Why choose MUSICA for spine & pelvis exams?

Increased image quality for bariatric patients

with MUSICA™ 3+

More detail in relevant skeletal structures

with MUSICA™ 3+

True representation of implants with clear bone interfaces

with MUSICA™ 3

Why choose MUSICA™ for neonatal exams?

Optimized visualization of organ boundaries and free air

with MUSICA™ 3

Clear lung markings

with MUSICA™ 3

Sharp bone outline

with MUSICA™ 3

Balanced presentation of both soft tissue and overlapping bone structures

with MUSICA™ 3

High visibility of low contrast structures like PICC lines

with MUSICA™ 3


MUSICA also works in dynamic

Dynamic MUSICA™ enhances temporal noise suppression as well as brightness and density stabilization to dynamic imaging studies.

How does MUSICA™ 3 work?

MUSICA’s Fractional Multiscale Processing technology automatically analyzes the layers of each raw image and optimizes the processing parameters, independent of body part or dose deviation. It enhances noise suppression, offers brightness control, reduces veiling glare, and plays a significant role in enabling potential dose reduction. The result is excellent image quality compared to standard image processing, for both bone and soft tissue.

In order to render the most difficult zones of an image, such as the abrupt transitions from low to high density areas, we have applied a mathematical algorithm, called Fractional Multiscale Processing (FMP). With this algorithm, the image processing filters are further decomposed to elementary fractions, which are processed separately. As a result, we can represent the grayscale differences in a more natural way, without artifacts.

FMP also eliminates the need for window level adjustment to enhance visibility of details.

Subtle bone details often tend to fade in the vicinity of implant edges, but with the next generation MUSICA, these details are well preserved and easily visible.I compare it to being able to hear a pianissimo passage after an explosion.

Piet Vulylsteke – PhD, Senior Researcher at AGFA

Experience the difference!

What our customers say

The image quality is exceptional.

The fact that we don’t need to adjust the images has a lot of advantages: image quality, workflow, efficiency… we save a lot of time.

And we are also getting a consistent appearance to our images, which is important for referrers and clinicians.

Michael Neep, Team Leader Radiographer – Logan Hospital, Queensland, Australia

MUSICA image processing is so sharp, so much sharper than people are used to! You can identify things you just couldn’t see before.

Bradley Drever, Area Manager – Dr. Jones & Partners clinic, Calvary Wakefield Hospital, Adelaide, Australia

Read more in our Whitepapers

MUSICA® Catheter processing enhances neonatal imaging and care

A study evaluating the ability of image processing to improve the visualization of central catheter tip positioning in newborns was recently published in BMC Medical Imaging.

The authors found that Agfa’s MUSICA® Catheter Processing with Fractional Multiscale Processing (FMP) technology significantly improved the perception of low contrast PICC line tips in digital chest X-rays, compared to standard image processing.

Bedside Imaging without grid

A clinical experience rated MUSICA3™+ non-grid images significantly higher than the MUSICA2™ images acquired with or without a grid.

For mobile non-grid imaging, optimal lung field visualization as provided by MUSICA3™+, was seen by the radiologists as the most important aspect of a bedside chest examination. This potentially outweighs the additional improvement of the mediastinum gained by using a physical anti-scatter grid with MUSICA2™ Genrad processing at a 1.6x higher exposure.

Dose reduction with MUSICA™

A study involved five individual hospitals in Germany, six independent radiologists, and data collected over more than two years. All relevant body parts and exam types, both for adult and pediatric X-ray imaging, were included.

Conclusion is that only half of the dose prescribed by Germany’s NDRLs is required close-to-maximum image quality and diagnostic confidence. The study also confirms with high statistical confidence (95% confidence level, 80% power) the diagnostic usability and quality of images created by Agfa DR systems using MUSICA™ and CsI DR detector technology.

Digital Tomosynthesis

Several musculoskeletal cases are presented with indications, imaging examples (2D and DTS).
The main advantages (value proposition) of Agfa’s digital tomosynthesis can be summarized as follows:
• Improved triage, by making the x-ray exam more definitive
• Little or no patient repositioning is required to obtain the necessary clinical information
• A significantly lower dose is required compared to CT, even low-dose CT.

MUSICA™ is available on all Agfa’s CR and DR solutions.