US hospital installs Carestream’s DRX-Excel Plus R/F system

June 09, 2016 3:42 PM

Implements DR Room and mobile X-ray system to enhance patient care and speed access to images

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Implements DR Room and mobile X-ray system to enhance patient care and speed access to images

Ashley County Medical Center (Crossett, Ark.) is the first hospital in the US to install Carestream’s new DRX-Excel Plus radiography/ fluoroscopy (R/F) system. The medical centre is a critical access hospital that serves one of the largest counties in Arkansas, encompassing more than 940 sq m.

“The DRX-Excel Plus system is an important tool for evaluating patients who may be critically ill or seriously injured. Its ability to provide X-ray imaging studies and fluoroscopy exams allows our physicians to rapidly assess each patient’s condition and prepare them for transport to higher-level hospitals if needed,” said Phillip Gilmore, Chief Executive Officer, Ashley County Medical Center.

The centre’s emergency department treats an average of 750 patients a month. Purchasing this system was part of the hospital’s transition to the latest generation of imaging equipment, which included a Carestream DRX-Evolution and a DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray Imaging System.

“We have upgraded our ageing systems to deliver rapid access to high-resolution images, as well as advanced capabilities that reduce patient dose, enhance productivity and offer an efficient user interface. We worked with our local dealer, Southeast Imaging, to evaluate systems from several different providers,” Gilmore reports. “We selected Carestream imaging systems because of their excellent design, consistent user interface and outstanding capabilities. We have also been pleased with Carestream’s installation and user training as well as their service and support.”

Productivity-enhancing capabilities offered by the DRX-Excel Plus include a positioning pedal that allows the operator to have their hands free—which is helpful for interventional exams—and a remote control that can move the table from anywhere in the room. The system offers an ergonomic design and can perform contrast exams using fluoroscopy that can be associated with a radiography image, in addition to specialised contrast procedures that record both fluoroscopy and radiography sequences and interventional procedures. An elevating table tilts for fluoroscopy exams and can be lowered or raised to provide flexible, comfortable imaging for patients with limited mobility including wheelchair patients.

A DRX-Evolution system facilitates capture of advanced imaging exams, including cross-table lateral and other complex exams. “The system’s auto-tracking feature moves the X-ray tube into position for each exam, which allows a technologist to capture images in seconds. Seriously ill or injured patients can be imaged in wheelchairs or on stretchers, which eliminates the painful process of moving them to a table,” reports Ronnie Dillion, Radiology Director, Ashley County Medical Center. He adds that the DRX-Revolution enhances the speed and quality of all mobile imaging exams and completes the facility’s transition from CR to DR technology.

All three imaging systems use Carestream DRX Plus 3543C cesium iodide detectors, which offer excellent image quality and extremely low dose. In addition, these detectors can be submerged in one metre of water for 30 minutes without failure, which achieves IPX Level 7 rating for liquid resistance. A reduced weight and thinner profile allow even easier handling. These detectors also deliver faster calibration time, boot time, preview time and full-resolution display time, as well as increased battery life to enable more imaging between battery changes.

Every Carestream DRX detector can be shared with any member of its extensive family of DRX imaging systems.

Contact Details:
Nilesh Dattatray Sanap
Carestream Health India
Tel: 022 – 67248816
Email: nilesh.sanap@carestream.com

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