Technology | April 19, 2012

Carestream Health Receives FDA Clearance for New DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System

Healthcare Facilities Now Placing Orders for Company’s Innovative Mobile DR System

April 19, 2012 — Carestream Healthcare announced it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its Carestream DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System, and is now accepting orders from U.S. healthcare facilities. European and Canadian healthcare providers are also placing orders since the system had previously received approvals from the medical device regulatory agencies in those regions. This next-generation mobile DR system delivers high image quality, provides easy maneuverability and comes with numerous productivity-enhancing features.

“The DRX-Revolution satisfies specific needs voiced by dozens of radiology professionals who were involved in the product’s design process. It features an easy-to-position tube head and a compact design that provides improved visibility and greater safety when moving this portable digital X-ray system,” said Diana Nole, president, digital medical solutions, Carestream Health. “Healthcare providers are eager to deploy this fully-featured X-ray room-on-wheels to help enhance care for seriously ill or injured patients.”

The DRX-Revolution enhances image quality for portable exams with its 32 kW generator, DRX detector and special software that enables the radiographer to easily align the tube with a grid. Use of a grid can improve image quality, and the alignment tool can reduce retakes and make alignment to a grid more efficient for the radiographer.

The new mobile DR system also features a unique collapsible column that allows unobstructed views for enhanced visibility and safety while in motion. Its dual-drive system and the ability to make tight, 360-degree turns in small spaces, like those found in an intensive care unit (ICU), emergency department (ED) or operating room, enables the unit to be quickly and properly positioned to capture an image.

Long Tube Head Reach Enhances Positioning

Carestream’s DRX-Revolution also offers a long tube head reach, making it easier for radiographers to quickly and effectively conduct X-ray exams despite the crowded presence of bedside medical equipment. All these features lead to rapid positioning; minimal intrusion on staff and surrounding equipment; and faster capture of high-quality X-ray images for use by clinicians.

The system’s two monitors (a main 19-inch monitor and 8-inch tube head monitor) provide two work zones, which further helps improve productivity and performance. Designed as a DR system, there are storage spaces for gloves, sanitizers, markers, paperwork and more.

With fast, single sign-in (via password or badge swipe), the portable digital X-ray unit can be powered quickly. The DRX-Revolution uses the same software and graphic user interface as other Carestream DRX products for ease of use, which improves productivity and allows technologists to proficiently deploy the imaging system with minimal training.

The DRX-Revolution system also shares the same DRX-1/DRX-1C wireless detectors as the rest of Carestream’s DRX family including: DRX-1 System, DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit, DRX-Evolution modular DR suite, DRX-Transportable System and DRX-Ascend System.

DRX-based systems offer compelling options since their wireless detectors can be used in multiple X-ray systems at a single facility. For example, a detector can be used in a mobile unit for early morning hospital rounds and then moved to a general radiology room. DRX detectors can also move from day use in general radiology rooms to mobile systems that serve the ED at night.

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