Converting its hospital from computed radiography to wireless digital radiography, 135-bed Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, Ariz., has purchased five DRX-Revolution mobile x-ray systems and two DRX-Evolution rooms from Carestream Health, Rochester, NY. Two DRX-Revolutions will be located at its YRMC East Campus Hospital, a 50-bed facility.
Prior to selecting Carestream as its supplier of choice, the hospital conducted a thorough evaluation of systems from four vendors.
“Converting from CR to DR represents a major investment in technology, so it was imperative that we select systems offering excellent image quality, rapid image access and a streamlined imaging workflow,” said Mary Sterling, the hospital’s imaging director. “Carestream’s DRX imaging systems exceeded our expectations in these areas and enabled us to set new exposure techniques that can reduce dose while delivering excellent image quality.”
Offering wireless access to images in seconds, the DRX-Revolution systems display each patient’s previous image for technologists to review along with the current image. As the DRX-Revolution can access the hospital’s radiology information system, technologists can complete the study while they are at the patient’s bedside. This capability makes images immediately available for quick transfer to PACS for review by physicians and radiologists, Sterling added.
“Many physicians rely on X-ray exams to make discharge decisions, so enabling physicians with quick access to reviewing images on a PACS image helps contribute to a shorter length of stay for many of our patients,” she continued.
A DRX detector is shared between one DRX-Revolution and one of the hospital’s fluoroscopy rooms. “It’s a tremendous advantage to be able to use any DRX detector in any DRX system and we appreciate the flexibility this provides,” Sterling said. “In addition to cassette-size DRX detectors, we also use a smaller DRX detector (25 x 30 cm) in the [emergency room] since it makes positioning easier for severely ill or injured patients.”
One DRX-Evolution DR Room is equipped with a floor rail for the wall stand, allowing users to move the stand’s detector into position quickly and easily for cross-table lateral exams, while simultaneously streamlining the capture of all types of imaging studies. A second DRX-Evolution room is currently being installed. Both DR rooms serve the radiology department.
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