SmartDR Premier

SmartDR Premier Canon Packing

Sound’s SmartDR Premier utilizes the Canon Panel with Sound’s SmartDR Software. The Canon panel has the ability to function in both tethered and wireless mode.

Your equipment will arrive as normal, with the SmartDR being in one large box, containing several small boxes inside.

SmartDR Premier Shipping Box

The boxes below come packed inside the Sound SmartDR Premier Box

The Panel Power-Connector Cable

Accessory box includes power strips, wall-hanging zip-ties, cable wrap, cable wrap velcro

Panel Accessories include Plate Cable, keyboard and mouse (batteries need to be assembled), mouse pad, Canon Panel IR Remote connector

Monitor, includes wall plate mounting screws tape in a bag on the back

SmartDR Premier Canon Hardware

The following instructions walk you through setting up the SmartDR Premier Power Sync Box. A detailed video is below as well.

Step 1

Step 1: Remove the Canon Power-Sync Box Cover

Remove the screws on the side of the cover with a Phillips Head screwdriver.


Loosen the screws on the back. The case will slide over these screws


Pull up on the cover

Step 2

Step 2: Connect the Power-Sync Cable

Loosen the metal nut near the connector.


Loosen the plastic strain relief. This will allow you to easily feed enough cable to attach the connector.


Remove the plug with a flat-head screwdriver from the back of the power-box.



Place the cable into the slot and loosely tighten the metal nut.


Attach the connector to the circuit board. You can feed cabling through as needed with the strain relief undone.


Tighten the outside strain relief to keep the cable from moving.


Tighten the inside metal nut. This may require needle-nose pliers. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.

Ensure the cable is connected to the FRONT Molex connector by the chassis next to the relay. DO NOT connect it to the Generator Integration in the middle of the board.

Replace the cover and all the screws.


Step 3

Step 3: Connect the Panel to the Power Supply

The panel is designed to have the power buttons and power tether connector facing the front, with the connector on the front left. In some cases, this is not possible. Position the connector in the best possible configuration.

The power connector will magnetically lock into place.


Plugin the power to the Canon Power Box and connect it to a grounded outlet

Plug in a network cable to any network port on the back of the box. This cable will connect to Port 1 on the Acquisition Computer.


Press and hold the Power Button on the panel. The blue lights will turn on letting you know the panel has power.

Step 4

Step 4: Place the Battery in the Panel

Remove the plastic battery cover from the bottom of the panel.


Place one of the batteries into the battery compartment


Replace the plastic battery cover.

Step 5

Step 5: Note the Panel Info on Sound Stickers

Using the provided Sound Stickers and fill out three of them.

  • Back of All-In-One Computer
  • Placed on Wall Mount
  • Placed on Back of Panel

Copy the DR Panel Serial Number from the back of the panel. This will start with AAxxxxxx

Step 6

Step 6: Connect the Computer

Attach the wall mount to the wall. If you are having trouble with the screws, we recommend using 1/4″ – 20 x 2.5 ” machine stews for easier assembly.


Run the cables through the wall mount for easy attachment to the computer.

  • Plate Cable
  • Network Cable
  • Power Supply Cable

Remove the strain relief on the computer and attach it behind the choke and reattach.


Plug the Plate Cable into Port 1

Plug the Ethernet / Network Cable into Port 2


Attach the SmartDR Premier Recovery Media to the back of the wall mount, behind the monitor.

Attach the SmartDR Sticker to the Wall Mount

Panel Positioning

The panel is designed to be positioned to accommodate the power connector

Position: Front Left – Preferred

This is usually placed in a film tray or the Sound Bucky. This is a preferred position as it allows easy access to the Power Button on the panel.


Position: Back Left or Front Right

This is generally used in OEM bucky trays with a closed front. This may still allow access to turn the power on and off. If the Power Button is not easily accessible, please show the customer how to access the panel.


Position: Back Right

If possible, this position should be avoided at all costs as it does not allow the user access to the Power Button. In the case that it is needed, please ensure that the customer has access to the pane.

Securing the Panel

Securing the panel takes on a few forms that provide cable strain if  the panel will be stationary or positive stops, such as a film bucky, that allow a customer to use the panel both in and outside the table.

Stationary Panel: Will Not Be Moved

If the hospital will not be removing the panel, then align the panel with X-ray Field by taking shots in SmartDR Premier. Once you have the system centered, secure the panel with Velcro.

Before closing up the table, ensure that you have provided adequate strain relief for the cable. This will allow the power connector to be unplugged if directly pulled by a human, but will not allow it accidentally be unplugged by the normal operation of the X-ray machine.


Removable Panel: Will be removed and used tabletop or in another manner


SmartDR Premier Software Setup

Step 1

Step 1: Initialize the Software

Press the Power button on the bottom right of the All-In-One Computer Screen

The SmartDR Premier software should automatically start. If it does not, click the Windows key on the keyboard or press the Windows logo in the bottom left of the screen

Select SmatDR Premier logo from the Start Menu

At the Login Screen, enter the username: sound and password: sound and press the login button.


The upper right-hand side of your screen, you will see the panel information bar and the settings menu.

Clicking the panel information bar will show you the current status of the panel.


Clicking the menu icon (hamburger menu), will show the menu items.


Select SETTINGS from the hamburger menu.

Step 2

Step 2: The Settings Menu – Check for Updates

The Settings Menu will look similar to that found in SmartDR.

Many of the selections have new features


Before proceeding select System and check for Updates

Step 3

Step 3: DICOM Information

Click the DICOM button to access the DICOM settings.


Select the Storage tab


Click Add Button


Enter the SmartPACS information or their preferred DICOM server. Select Supports Auto Send.

Click the Save Button


Click the Ping button from the screen. This will ping just the server’s IP address, let’s you know it is online. The Ping Information window will display the results. Click the Close button to close the screen.


Click the Echo button to test that the DICOM information is successful. Close the screen by clicking the close button


Add the AIS Server Information. Select SUPPORT AIS.

If you have a Modality Worklist, click the Worklist menu

Repeat the steps above to add.

Save the settings by clicking the Save button

Step 4

Step 4: Adding Users

SmartDR Premier allows you to set users specific to the software. Each user can have their own username and password. ,

Select Users from the Menu selection.

Select Add to add a new user.

Enter the user information.

Username: This is the username to log into the software only. No spaces are allowed

First Name: This is the First Name that will show in the DICOM tags

Last Name: This will be the last name that will show in the DICOM tabs

Password: The password to log into the software. This must be 5 characters long

Select Vet or Tech

Click Save


For your main user (defaults to the Sound user), select the preferences on the right to Search for Patient, Patient ID, and Owner.

Click Save

Step 5

Step 5: Light or Dark Mode

SmartDR Premier offers users a dark and light mode. Light mode is set by default.

To change the mode, select Basic Options from the Configuration Menu

Choose either Light or Dark from the Color Theme in the lower right of the screen

Click Save

SmartDR Premier Panel Calibration

The SmartDR Premier Panel Calibration is done within the SmartDR software. The calibration consists of 4 shots and will provide you an automatic exposure level. You must be within 20% for a successful calibration.

Step 1

Step 1: Open the Settings Menu

Click the Settings Hamburger Menu icon in the upper right corner

Select Settings from the drop-down menu

Step 2

Step 2: Open the Calibration Menu and Start Calibration

1.  Select the Calibration Menu from the left Menu Select s

2. Select Start Calibration from the bottom right of the screen

Step 3

Step 3: Set the X-ray Machine Technique

Start your x-ray settings at 50 kVp and 1.4 mAs.

After your first shot you can adjust the mAs if you fail the calibration. Your calibration range is 80% to 120%.

Step 4

Step 4: Take Your Initial Shot

  • Prep the x-ray by pressing the foot pedal halfway down. HOLD the prep stage

  • Press the Trigger button on the computer. You will have TWO SECONDS to fire the x-ray. Any longer than this and the calibration will misfire.
  • Fire the X-ray machine by pressing all the way down no the pedal.

Step 5

Step 5: Continue the Calibration

A Successful Dose message will appear

  • Successful Does = 80% – 120%
  • Failure Dose = anything outside ± 20%

If you have a successful dose, continue as in Step 4 to prep, trigger, and fire the machine. Record your technique and the success dosage.

Then press Close

If at anytime the calibration fails, the system will reset itself and you will be able to repeat. If needed, press the Cancel button to stop the calibration.

Network Security

If a customer is interested in having their SmartPACS or SmartDR on a Domain, Firewall, or install Anti-Virus, their IT company can do so. Please note that network security is the responsibility of the customer.


Ensure that the customer has the reimaging media in case there is an issue.

Ports to unblock on a firewall and Anti-Virus: 80 (web), 104 (DICOM), 443 (Auto-Updates)

Canon Panel Grounding (Self Test 6 Failure Fix)

If your Premier System Self Test #6 fails, you may need to ground the power box.

Usually, this is due to pattern noise in the image. Check the integrity of the grounding and shiellidng of the sensor and power box. Check the cable and the clamps for the cable shield. Make sure the sensor is electrically isolated from the x-ray system including the stand/positioner. Look for external sources of noise. Noise will be most pronounced in the white areas of the images. ihg density results in less signal at the sensor and therefore lower signal to noise ratio. One can more easily look for noise in an image if making an exposure with the lowest kVa and mAs settings of the generator.