US-based Shannon Medical Center has equipped three Carestream DRX-1 detectors to help achieve rapid image access for existing portable and room-based x-ray units that serve patients in its trauma centre, ICU and surgical suites.
Annually, the 250-bed hospital in Texas conducts 140,000 x-ray, CT and MR exams.
DRX detectors are deployed in three portable diagnostic imaging systems used in the ER, surgical suites and inpatient areas, as well as an x-ray room.
Shannon Medical Center PACS administrator Mark Halfmann said: "The DRX detectors enable physicians to view high-quality images in seconds, while Carestream’s specialised software creates a companion image that shows enhanced visualisation of tubes, lines, catheters and other devices.
"Both the speed and visualisation capabilities help physicians provide optimised diagnosis and treatment for our patients."
The hospital noted that it has lowered patient x-ray exposure by an average of 30-40% by replacing CR cassettes with DRX detectors.
Halfmann said: "Decreasing dose is especially important for severely ill and injured patients who often require multiple x-ray exams a day.
"And since the companion image is created by applying advanced algorithms to the original image, this eliminates the need for a second x-ray and further reduces exposure for our patients."
DRX detectors can also be easily moved between multiple x-ray systems as needed throughout the day.
Halfmann said: "We currently share three detectors among four systems. We move the detectors to enhance workflow and achieve a greater return on our investment.
"We have DR detectors from other vendors, but they do not provide the advanced functionality offered by DRX detectors, such as the ability for use in multiple systems."
The hospital’s staff intends to retrofit additional imaging systems with DRX detectors.
Image: Carestream DRX-1 detectors. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.