A Georgia hospital has lowered x-ray dose for pediatric and adult patients after installing Carestream’s DRX systems with cesium iodide detectors, the company has announced. WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center, a 633-bed facility in Marietta, Ga, has installed three DRX-Revolution mobile x-ray systems, two DRX-1 systems, and three DRX-Mobile Retrofit kits. All are accompanied by cesium iodide detectors.

“We have adjusted our techniques and now deliver up to 50 percent lower dose for neonatal and pediatric patients and up to 30 percent less dose for adult patients,” said Cindy Axler, medical imaging manager at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center. “The cesium iodide DRX detectors are extremely sensitive and enable high DQE (detective quantum efficiency) at a lower radiation level.”

Axler noted that the systems’ ability to deliver diagnostic images within 5 seconds have allowed physicians to make critical decisions in the neonatal, cardiac, post-surgical, and general intensive care units and surgical suites.

Carestream’s equipment allows hospitals to convert from CR to DR, the company reported. At WellStar, two DRX-1 systems converted two trauma bays, while a DRX-Revolution and a retrofitted mobile imaging system now perform bedside exams. The hospital’s ER has 120,000 patient visits a year.

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