March 16, 2017 — UnityPoint Health – Meriter (Madison, Wis.) recently installed two Carestream DRX-Evolution Plus systems as part of an upgrade designed to enhance and expedite diagnostic imaging for orthopedic and general radiology patients at the 448-bed hospital.
These digital X-ray rooms are used to perform joint, extremity, hip, spine and other exams for Meriter-based orthopedic specialists, as well as surgeons from the University of Wisconsin who use the hospital’s surgical suites.
One room is designed for ease of use with patients on carts that need chest X-rays, and the other room handles cross-table work using the upright Bucky. Both imaging systems have a wall stand on a rail with a removable wireless Carestream DRX Plus 3543 detector and a wireless Carestream DRX Plus 3543 detector that is used in the table Bucky and for tabletop exams.
“The moveable wall stand with a Bucky-angulation feature expedites cross-table, lateral spine and other complex orthopaedic exams,” said Rose Knoll, the hospital’s manager for general diagnostic, fluoroscopy and mammography imaging. “This system’s design and ease of use allow our technologists to efficiently capture orthopedic imaging studies for pre- and post-operative patients.”
The DRX-Evolution Plus system offers an autotracking feature that moves the X-ray tube into position to help reduce fatigue and repetitive stress injuries for technologists. A remote control lines up the X-ray tube to either Bucky to further streamline the imaging process.
A third DRX-Evolution system installed in the emergency department (ED) performs a variety of trauma and general diagnostic exams including lower extremities, chest, abdomen and spine. Use of a grid holder on the table expedites capture of cross-table hips and other exams using the upright Bucky.
The radiology department has five Carestream DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray Systems that deliver rapid access to diagnostic images in the ER, operating room (OR), intensive care unit (ICU), neonatal ICU and other nursing units. The system’s advanced software enhances visualization of tubes and lines from the original images so physicians can verify placement. With the system, surgeons have the ability to view high-quality images in seconds in the operating room when implanting hardware or checking vertebral location for spine cases.
The DRX 3543 detectors are used with all of the portable imaging systems, and two small-format Carestream 2530C detectors also are used for imaging in the ER and NICU.
Carestream demonstrated these capabilities at the 2017 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting and exhibit, March 14-18 in San Diego.
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