Technology | June 09, 2009

Carestream Reports Trend in Demand for Affordable, Wireless DR


June 9, 2009 - Carestream Health Inc. reported broad-based interest in the its wireless, cassette-size detector—the CARESTREAM DRX-1 System, which is scheduled to be available this summer.

“The affordable price point of this new technology and its ability to utilize existing X-ray systems is driving demand from a diverse list of providers—from imaging centers and orthopedic centers to hospitals and other healthcare providers of all sizes,” said Todd R. Minnigh, Carestream Health’s worldwide director of marketing, Digital X-ray. “Many facilities want to upgrade from CR to achieve the increased productivity delivered by direct digital capture.”

Guelph General Hospital in Guelph, Canada, tested the system in one of the hospital’s busy general radiology X-ray rooms. Mike Sharma, B.Sc., MRT (R), the hospital’s director of diagnostic imaging, was extremely pleased with the results.

The DRX-1 system offers high image quality and is designed to be easy to use and implement.

“Because the DRX-1 System can be easily taken out of the Bucky tray, it facilitates exams where it is difficult or painful to move the patient. It is an excellent choice to replace existing film or CR systems,” said Mike Sharma, B.Sc., MRT (R), the hospital’s director of diagnostic imaging.

With the DRX-1 System, imaging studies are captured by the detector and transmitted to the system’s console using secure wireless communications. Preview images appear on the monitor in about five seconds so technologists can verify patient positioning.

“My overall impression of the system is absolutely outstanding. Of course, from a clinician’s point of view one of the most important aspects of any system is the quality of the images it produces. In this respect, we have no problems—the image quality is very good,” said Profressor Thomas Vogl, M.D., director of the department of diagnostic and interventional radiology at the University Hospital of Frankfurt, Germany.

Since this new detector can be employed in nearly all applications where a 14 x 17 inch (35 x 43 cm) X-ray cassette would be used, it offers an affordable, smooth transition to DR technology for many imaging environments.

For more information: www.carestreamhealth.com

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