Step up to the world of freedom.

The DiscoveryTM XR656 Plus lets you enjoy a smooth and productive workflow, with the FlashPadTM wireless detector and a suite of advanced and automated capabilities available within the AutoRAD package

Designed for advanced digital imaging, the system allows you to address complex clinical needs, maintain patient comfort and differentiate your facility from others. 

The DiscoveryTM XR656 Plus is designed to help your team perform exams quickly and with ease. With the AutoRAD package of automated features, you can feel good knowing that exams are efficient, patients are comfortable, and radiologists are confident.

  • Advance your clinical capabilities
  • Gain control over your workflow
  • Get service you can count on


Position yourself for an easier experience with AutoRAD on the GE DiscoveryTM XR656 Plus.

AutoRAD is a 5-in-1 automation package that has been designed to address your unique workflow needs. Set up exams quickly and confidently and position patients with flexibility with the following easy-to-use features.

Help reduce time and effort required for positioning.

  • Automatically drive the overhead tube suspension, wall stand and/or table to preset positions to help increase productivity and ease of use with Auto Positioning. Store and link multiple standard and customizable positions to their respective protocols.
  • Synchronize tube and detector tracking with Auto Tracking, which can reduce the need for retakes and speed up your workflow.

Optimize set-up time and patient throughput.

  • Set up exams in a single step with Auto Protocol Assist*, which allows protocols to be automatically selected and initiated so the technologist can spend more time with the patient.
  • Help enhance productivity by linking protocol views and optimizing time spent on final collimation adjustments with image sizing with Auto-Field of View*.
  • Automatically send acquired images to multiple destinations with Auto Send.

Help improve your clinical confidence with consistent image quality and the seamless acquisition of image sequences.

  • Automatically acquire long-bone or spine images with Auto Image Paste
    • Quickly acquire images in less than 15 seconds for a typical 3-image exam (90 cm)
    • Large coverage of 150 cm on the wall stand and 115 cm on the table
  • Automatic collimator edge detection with Auto Shutter.
  • Minimal down time for QA and no user calibrations required with Auto Quality Assurance.
  • Achieve anatomy-based customization of images to match your clinical preferences with Auto-Processing and Image Distribution. After initial QC, automatically send images to the desired locations on your network.

* An extended option available on the Discovery XR656 Plus

Technologist Benefits

Set up exams and position patients with ease and flexibility.

The DiscoveryTM XR656 Plus is designed to simplify and shorten every step of the exam to help technologists perform exams efficiently and with ease.

Simplify exams in a Flash.

  • Do more with your X-ray system thanks to the powerful functionality of FlashPad, GE’s durable and reliable wireless digital detector.
  • Its convenient square shape, two handles and the mobile detector holder accessory allow you to position the wireless FlashPad detector with ease, flexibility, and freedom.
  • Cover large anatomies and accommodate many anatomical combinations easily with the large, 41 cm x 41 cm FlashPad detector.

Full speed ahead

  • Preview images in less than 3 seconds to instantly evaluate image quality and help avoid retakes.
  • Choose to use either the workstation keyboard or touch screen interface during exams.
  • Easily select preset field-of-view options – in either portrait or landscape view – on the intuitive, straightforward touchscreen user interface located on the overhead tube suspension.

Flex your efficiency.

  • Move the table in different directions for greater flexibility during exams.
  • Image an ankle or foot quickly and easily with the patient standing thanks to the 1.8-m vertical travel range of the overhead tube suspension, which puts the OTS as low as just 17 cm from the floor.
  • Combining a large table top with a wide travel range (68 cm x 28 cm) and a long horizontal detector travel range (85 cm) in the table housing allows for full radiographic coverage with minimal patient movement.

Accommodates a wide range of patient sizes and ages.

  • Image large patients with greater comfort and convenience on the spacious, 240-cm x 93-cm tabletop.
  • Make it easy for children and elderly, wheelchair, or impaired patients to get on and off the table with low vertical positioning just 50 cm off the floor.
  • Accommodate patients weighing up to 400 kg with the table’s high weight capacity, and conveniently move the elevating table up and down while moving the table top for fine positioning.
  • The in-room handheld remote control allows you to control major system functions and to automatically position the system from different locations, without leaving the patient’s side.

Hospital Benefits

FlashPadTM Digital radiography detector.

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

  • FlashPad uses Ultra-Wideband technology to help ensure an independent, secure and reliable connection while seamlessly coexisting with your hospital’s networking infrastructure.
  • FlashPad is designed for digital use and built for reliability. Its two handles enable a secure grip.
  • The FlashPad wireless detector frees your technologist to position patients quickly and easily to obtain complex views.

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.

  • Our suite of maintenance service offerings is designed to help you get the most from your clinical assets in terms of uptime, clinical excellence and workflow efficiency, while meeting cost objectives without compromise.
  • As FlashPad detector can be shared between different GE X-ray systems. It comes with its own service contract, meaning that FlashPad is not tied to the system itself, or to its service contract.
  • GE Services offer you flexible, cost-effective maintenance solutions. Our team responds to support calls quickly so that you can maintain high uptime. We want you to be confident that your clinical equipment will run smoothly, allowing staff to care for your patients in the best possible way, and remain productive.

Learn more about the clinical benefits of the Discovery XR656 Plus.

Clinical Benefits

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.

Auto Image Paste

  • Acquire multiple images in one fast, seamless, highly automated exam.
  • Receive automatic stitching of the acquired images in a single composite image.
  • Perform these exams at either the wall stand or the table.

Learn more about Auto Image Paste.


A minimal-dose, volumetric imaging technique with the simplicity and efficient workflow of conventional chest X-ray (CXR); superior to CXR for lung nodule detection.1

  • Provides multiple images of the anatomy in a single sweep at a low dose, including chest, abdomen, extremities and spine.
  • Removes overlying structures; enabling a better visualization of the anatomy from front to back.
  • Reconstructs data and displays a set of images parallel to the detector panel; enabling you to display coronal images of different anatomies.
  • Helps improve sensitivity:
    • Superior lung nodule detection sensitivity compared to conventional CXR
    • Helps identify cases that require follow-up2 (1.5 times more sensitive than two-view CXR without decreased specificity)
    • Improves the sensitivity of detection of small lung nodules in the range of 3–20 mm in diameter; 3.6 times more sensitive than conventional two-view CXR, without decreased specificity

Learn more about VolumeRAD.

Dual Energy Subtraction

  • Automatically acquires two images within milliseconds at different energy levels.
  • Processes and provides three images: a standard radiographic image, a soft tissue image with bones “subtracted,” and an image of only the bones with the soft tissue removed, to highlight foreign objects or calcified structures.

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.