October 16, 2019 — Agfa HealthCare announced the installation of its DR 800 multipurpose X-ray room at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, part of the Chesapeake Regional Healthcare network, in Chesapeake, Va. The system was installed and began patient exams in August 2019. The DR 800 was chosen by the hospital for its flexibility, usability and image quality.
The 310-bed hospital is committed to providing the best possible care for patients, their family and guests. As a unified family of providers, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare brings a broad range of care to the people of southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina through its affiliate services. A local, independent, community-focused organization, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare offers area residents what they want: high-quality, technologically advanced healthcare delivered by people who openly display their caring, concern and compassion.
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare is rolling out new technologies, state-of-the-art facilities, breakthrough clinical protocols, leading edge electronic information systems and powerful wellness initiatives to make each patient's care faster, safer and more effective.
To increase the efficiency of their imaging investments, the hospital chose to install a DR 800 three-in-one digital imaging solution. With the DR 800, all imaging capabilities – general radiography, fluoroscopy and free exposures – can be carried out in a single room. The versatility of this solution helps support that Chesapeake Regional Medical Center can utilize the room throughout the day, unlike a fluoroscopy-only unit that would be used only for specific exams.
The DR 800 is equipped with Dynamic MUSICA, which processes both still (general radiography) and moving (fluoroscopy) images with the same, proven high image quality and efficient workflow. It also adds better noise suppression, superb brightness and density stabilization to dynamic imaging studies.
The DR 800 comes with LiveVision technology. This technology provides a first-person camera view of the patient, enabling precise, remote, radiation-free positioning. In addition, advanced Cesium Iodide (CsI) detector technology offers high-speed, high-resolution imaging and the potential for a lower dose. The MUSICA image processing software plays a further role in reducing dose.
Patient and operator comfort and safety are both enhanced by the remote control and in-room control capability, auto positioning and 180 cm Source Imaging Distance (SID). Exposure control and digital imaging functionality are seamlessly integrated into an intuitive, efficient user interface.
"The DR 800 is increasing our patient throughput, while maximizing the use of the room." stated Marcus Foster, dDirector of radiology services at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. "Workflow is smoother, and the image quality is excellent. Our radiologists are very pleased with the image quality, room features and are excited we have added digital tomosynthesis capability for challenging exams. Additionally, the potential reduction in dose helps us meet our commitment to patients; to provide high quality and safer patient care."
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1. Testing with board-certified radiologists has determined that Cesium Bromide (CR) and Cesium Iodide (DR) Detectors, when used with MUSICA image processing, can provide dose reductions between 50 to 60 percent, compared to traditional Barium Fluoro Bromide CR systems.