News | September 25, 2014

Summa Health Selects Agfa’s DR Solutions for Dose Management and Cost Savings

Fully integrated radiography system links multiple radiology departments across Summa Health System’s network of hospitals, regional centers and specialty groups

September 25, 2014 — Agfa HealthCare announced Summa Health System selected the company’s digital radiography (DR) technologies, including the DX-D Retrofit and DX-D 100 mobile DR systems, DX-M multi-plate CR and CR 30-X single plate tabletop CR (computed radiography), in combination with an upgrade of Agfa HealthCare’s patented Musica image processing software through the Digital Radiography Upgrade Program.

The technology installations are part of a broader strategic initiative developed jointly by Summa Health System and Agfa HealthCare to improve performance and patient care experiences across the multiple radiography departments within Summa Health System’s network of hospitals and health centers.

Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery.

Summa Health System selected a portfolio of DR solutions aided by the personalized consultation provided by Agfa HealthCare to create a strategic upgrade program to its DR systems. Agfa HealthCare brought in DR and IT specialists to provide a detailed needs analysis that aligned with Summa Health System’s clinical, technological and budget objectives. 

Jeanette Doria, system director of imaging services, Summa Health System, commented, “After an extensive consultation evaluating our current technology situation, we found the DX-D Retrofit, DX-D 100, DX-M and CR 30-X with an upgrade to our Musica image processing and acquisition workstations to be the best quality to meet the needs of Summa Health System. This initiative allows us to continue using existing equipment, but with key add-ons that provide a seamless transition to the digital format. This upgrade is expected to increase overall productivity, workflow, image quality, as well as improve patient satisfaction.”

The comprehensive DR platform includes several technologies that deliver ROI benefits either as standalone installations or as part of an interconnected system upgrade. DX-D Retrofit is a vendor-neutral, cost-effective solution for seamlessly migrating CR-based modalities to the benefits of DR. Key to the DX-D Retrofit is its ability to leverage existing equipment to enable a cost- and process-efficient transition from image cassettes to digitized X-ray images that can then be shared and accessed within the EHR (electronic health record).

The DX-D 100 mobile DR system wirelessly connects to the hospital information system and contains onboard dose management tools, allowing for instant high-quality image capture at the patient bedside to facilitate improved patient comfort and workflow improvement. The DX-M is a fully integrated multi-plate CR system for general radiography and mammography. The technology provides a combination of high image quality, workflow and high throughput with the ability of using standard phosphor plates and dose-efficient, cesium-based needle-phosphor detectors. Featuring a small footprint and unique drop-and-go cassette buffer-based workflow, the DX-M can be used as a centralized or decentralized CR system. And the multi-application CR 30-X is a desktop, compact and convenient CR system that leverages proven technologies to deliver consistent image quality that users would expect in full-size floor mounted models.

Integrated with all Agfa DR solutions, the Musica imaging processing software allows clinicians to capture consistently high-quality images, and is easy to set up, adaptive and fully automatic. It also eliminates the need for time-consuming window and leveling or post-processing.

For more information: www.agfahealthcare.com

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