US-based Franciscan St Elizabeth Health hospital has incorporated two Carestream room-based X-ray imaging systems and upgraded an existing imaging portable system to boost the quality and productivity of its radiology services.

The hospital is a member of Franciscan Alliance, the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the Midwest.

The Carestream DRX-Evolution allows capturing of complex imaging exams in the hospital’s emergency department, which captures several hundred X-ray images a day.

The equipment’s wall stand is hoisted on a rail which accelerates the capture of cross-table lateral and other complex exams.

Franciscan hospital imaging director Nancy Sayler said: "This system’s autotracking feature moves the X-ray tube into position for each exam, which allows our staff to capture images in seconds and helps physicians quickly and accurately assess each patient’s condition."

The imaging system is said to be particularly instrumental for injured patients who can be imaged, while being seated on the wheelchairs or on stretchers without shifting them to a table.

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Radiology staff will utilise the mobile system to image the inpatients instead of getting them shifted down to radiology, which reduces the stress of patients, as well as images being readily available to radiologists and physicians.

"It helps physicians quickly and accurately assess each patient’s condition."

An automatic capturing and electronically stitching of the images together by the DRX-Evolution is said to streamline the long-length exams of the images.

According to Sayler, these composite exams are applicable for scoliosis screening of children and detect fractures, misaligned hips and spinal conditions in adults.

The hospital also overhauled an existing portable imaging system with a DRX-1 detector, which captures a variety of exams in the electronic display s well as bedside exams for inpatients.

Sayler added: "This portable system now delivers rapid image access and excellent image quality. Carestream’s specialised software creates companion images from the original image to allow physicians to see tube and line placements and diagnose patients with free air in the chest."

A DRX-Ascend system is utilised for general radiology patients and provides additional capacity when multiple urgent care patients present at the same time.

Image: Franciscan St. Elizabeth Hospital upgrades Mobile X-ray System. Photo: courtesy of Carestream Health.