As part of a relief effort spearheaded by the Red Cross, Carestream Health, Inc., of Rochester, N.Y., recently donated several mobile digital imaging systems to the society’s chapter in China to help provide diagnostic x-ray exams to victims of the earthquake in the country’s Sichuan Province.

The $500,000 in donated medical imaging equipment consists of three KODAK Point-of-Care computed radiography (CR) systems, including two KODAK Point-of-Care CR-ITX 550 Systems. These compact solutions combine a powerful CR reader with a portable x-ray unit to create a self-contained mobile imaging package. The units can be rolled to each patient’s bedside to perform imaging exams, and radiographic x-ray images are captured onto re-usable phosphor plates.

CR readers download and process the images, which are stored as digital files, and the plates are recycled for the next patient. The images are available for immediate review at the site, or they can be sent to remote hospitals and other healthcare facilities via wired or wireless communications.