A remote island community 15 miles off the coast of Maine has installed an ImagePilot CR system from Konica Minolta Medical Imaging USA, of Wayne, N.J.

Island Community Health Services located in Vinalhaven recently adopted the integrated CR system, which combines CR acquisition, patient registration, image viewing and storage, along with patented AutoPilot image processing technology. It consists of a single bay REGIUS 110 CR Reader and an Imaging Station that can support additional client stations and send DICOM images.

Before installing the ImagePilot, patient diagnoses were delayed due to films being couriered via ferry to the Pen Bay Medical Center on the mainland.  Upon adoption of the ImagePilot CR system, ICMC can send images electronically to the medical center, sometimes even while the patient is still in the X-ray room.

“Before the ImagePilot, 35 percent of our patients were transferred to the mainland for an X-ray. In the four months operating this system, only one patient was sent to the mainland for additional testing,” said ICMC Executive Director Dinah Moyer, who also added that volume has also increased.