More Hospitals and Patients are Benefiting from Mobile Imaging
Demand for digital mobile X-ray is on the rise. That fact is documented not only by market research reports, but also by my firsthand interactions with customers. It’s clear that an increasing number of hospitals are taking advantage of the benefits of digital bedside imaging for their most critical patients—in the ICU, ED and OR, among other places.
No doubt, this increase in use correlates with the significant quality improvements seen in mobile imaging in recent years, thanks to advanced technologies such as digital radiography. But what do these developments mean for the radiologist, radiographer, radiology administrator and patient? And what can we expect for the future?
Fundamentally, bedside imaging brings the X-ray room to the patient, eliminating the time-consuming and logistically challenging process of moving critically ill or unstable patients. As a result, it decreases the need for patient transports—as well as the costs and risks associated with such transports.
Mobile DR imaging systems can also enhance workflow. The CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution, for example, offers enhanced maneuverability appreciated by radiographers as they navigate the crowded and constrained bedside environment.
But what really captures the attention of radiologists is that bedside imaging using digital radiography offers the potential to significantly speed diagnosis.
Using mobile DR imaging systems, images can be wirelessly transmitted and read in nearly real-time. Within seconds of capture, radiologists have access to high-quality images. Speeding the radiology process in this way, with the added benefit of lower dose and improved image quality, clearly offers the potential to speed diagnosis and, therefore, treatment.
What’s more, because such systems can be customized to viewing preferences, the “look and feel” of mobile DR images is also consistent from image to image. As result, it enhances the ability to detect subtle yet critical changes in patient conditions over time.
The benefits of such real-time imaging have been featured a number of times here, including in this video about the Gwinnett Medical Center in Georgia, where the Carestream DRX-Revolution is used to shoot more than 100 portable X-rays each day. Likewise, this testimonial details how the University Health System in San Antonio, Texas, is enhancing care with this advanced mobile technology.
But this is only the beginning. In the future, radiologists can look forward to the mobility of additional advanced imaging applications. More and more tasks that today require transporting patients to another part of the hospital will be brought to the bedside—with speed and quality.
It’s a brave new world that patients and healthcare professionals at every level can eagerly anticipate.
To learn more about the DRX-Revolution featured in the University Hospital video, and in daily use also at Gwinnett Medical Center and hundreds of other hospitals, visit DRX-Revolution.com
Heidi McIntosh is the Worldwide Marketing Manager for X-ray Solutions at Carestream.