OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Moving from CR to DR Imaging

Patients get less radiation and center gains faster throughput with digital radiography

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OSF Saint Francis Medical Center hit the trifecta by moving from CR to DR. We gained rapid access to high-quality diagnostic images, our patients are getting less radiation, and we’re moving patients through quicker.Like other facilities, we explored moving from CR to DR in part because of the U.S. Consolidated Appropriations Act. Its provisions include a 20% reduction for reimbursement associated with an X-ray taken using film starting this year.

In 2016, we installed four CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution systems, two CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray Systems and five CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kits  at our primary medical center and two affiliated ambulatory care centers.

The DRX-Evolution system is at our two ambulatory sites: one in Washington, the other in Peoria. At our Washington facility, we have only one room and one technologist, but she is able to image about 22 patients a day. Our second ambulatory center in Peoria has two DRX-Evolution systems and they perform about 1,100 exams a month. The rapid access to high-quality diagnostic images increases our throughput at both centers, reduces patient wait times, and improves the satisfaction of our referring doctors because images and patients are back in their offices sooner.

Our technologists love the ergonomic features of the DRX-Evolution. The system’s auto-positioning feature and remote control eliminate the need for technologists to manually move the X-ray tube into position for each exam, reducing the possibility of repetitive stress injuries. Also, the DRX Plus detectors are lightweight and easy to get in and out of the Bucky.  Both centers have the wall stand mounted on a rail to facilitate capturing cross-table exams as well as bending exams used to detect and treat scoliosis and other conditions.

Retrofit kits and Revolution systems make upgrade easy

We’re using the DRX-Revolution systems and DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kits in our emergency department, operating suite, pediatric, neonatal intensive care, and inpatient areas at our Medical Center. A DRX-Evolution located in the emergency department captures exams for pediatric and other urgent care patients.

Making the move from CR to DR with the Revolution and Retrofit kits was relatively painless. There was little disruption in our operations, and now we are meeting the requirements of the Consolidated Appropriations Act.  More importantly, we’re improving the service and care for our patients. #radiology #DR

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Debbie Heinz is the Radiology Manager for Ambulatory Diagnostic Services at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. With nearly 300 employed physicians, 6,000+ employees and 609 beds, it is the fifth-largest medical center in Illinois.  Watch the video interview with Debbie Heinz at RSNA 2016.

Editor’s note: Want to understand your options for financing the move from CR to DR? Read the blog!

A Guide to Mobile Chest X-rays for Thoracic and Cardiac Care

Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital Shares their “O to U Approach” for capturing high quality diagnostic AP images

Mobile chest X-rays performed in the antero-posterior (AP) projection has always been considered an inferior examination to the more standard posterior-aneterior (PA) projection. However, for critically ill patients, at times an AP image is the only option.

By applying a structured technique – our O to U Approach – and with the aid of our four CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution mobile X-ray machines, we are able to achieve an optimum mobile chest image. Continue reading

Radiology Room Requirements for Medical Imaging

Balancing patient populations with changes in procedures and equipment

Radiology room requirements are a paradox. Imaging rooms require solid construction to support 1,000 pound overhead tube cranes as well as lead linings to contain x-ray scatter. Yet they must be somewhat fluid to accommodate advances in imaging technology and new procedures that have a host of associated equipment.

Winthrop University Hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center that offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine andRadiology room requirements surgery. Located in Mineola, NY, we offer a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services.

To meet our population’s imaging needs, we have two fluoroscopy rooms, a general imaging room, and two imaging rooms for our emergency department. In addition, we have a CT, MRI, and ultrasound system. Continue reading

The Future of Medical Imaging: 4 Meaningful Innovations for 2017

Improving access and precision, and decreasing costs along the care pathway

What lies ahead for the future of medical imaging? In 2017, Carestream is pushing the boundaries of engineering innovation in radiology in four important areas:

  • Accelerating processing speed
  • Expanding the parameters of 3D and 4D
  • Capturing images at the right place at the right time
  • Automating workflow

Accelerating processing speed of diagnostic images

Processing speed is essential to creating high-quality diagnostic images. That’s why we are constantly improving the way we reconstruct volumetric data across our entire portfolio of products. For example, we are incorporating graphical processing units (GPUs) like those used in gaming software to provide more and faster processing power where it’s needed.  GPUs can quickly compute functions and algorithms, reconstructing images in less than six minutes.

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In contrast, CPUs can take 20 to 30 minutes to render the same image. Faster processing not only creates better images; it speeds up workflow. And when imaging centers can increase throughput, they get a faster return on their investment.

Our advanced imaging science also shapes our DRX Detectors. We’re excited about continuing to push faster frame rates for our detectors.

Expanding the parameters of 3D and 4D

The application of 3D and 4D technologies have the potential to create better images for improved diagnostics in radiology. Continue reading

Clinical Collaboration—Are You Providing Access?

Health IT systems  shift from record keeping to access that enables clinical collaboration

Until the middle of the last decade, the primary goal of the EMR/EHR was actually to capture information, cine_rotating2not to provide access to it – impeding clinical collaboration. It was a reference for doctors—a way to capture patient notes. It has since evolved from an archival role to an active collaborative role, providing access to reports, records, and images for all stakeholders involved in patient care.

Availability of a useful, problem-focused medical record

The idea for a comprehensive, organized medical record was pioneered by Dr. Larry Weed in 1956, but it didn’t become well accepted in the U.S. until after 1968. Dr. Weed—known as the father of the Problem-Oriented Medical Record (PMD)—described the concept in his often cited NEJM articles.[1]

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Radiology Trends 2017: What’s in Store for Diagnostic Imaging?

Radiology trends for 2017 include AI, wearable technology, the internet of things, and 3D printinglooking-for-radiology-trends

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What can radiologists and others in the health imaging profession expect for 2017?

Hot radiology trends and topics in 2017 will reflect many of the discussions we overheard in the hallways at RSNA 2016. Technology will continue its race forward in artificial intelligence, wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT) and 3D printing. Some of these technologies are impacting radiology now. Others have gained a foothold in the medical profession and might trickle into diagnostic imaging.

“This is the most interesting time in the history of healthcare and medicine,” Zen Chu said in an interview with Medical Marketing and Media. Chu is Medical Director of Accelerated Medical Ventures and senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. “We’ve got so many new technologies and redesigned experiences impacting both the value we deliver as well as the value patients are getting from healthcare.” Continue reading

Structured Reports in Radiology

Reports can help facilitate the prevention of serious or disabling diseases; an interview with Dr. Luis Martí-Bonmatí of the Royal Academy of MedicineRadiology structured report

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Dr. Luis Martí-Bonmatí has held chair number 13 of the Royal Academy of Medicine since last February. In his inaugural speech as a scholar at this prestigious institution, Dr. Martí-Bonmatí made references to quantitative radiology and imaging biomarkers.

In the second part of his interview with Everything Rad, he explains how biomarkers and structured reports will change the way radiologists work in the future. Continue reading

El uso de los informes estructurados los radiólogos facilitara la prevención de enfermedades graves o invalidantes

Una entrevista con Dr. Luis Martí-Bonmatí de la Real Academia Nacional de Medicina

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En esta segunda parte de la entrevista concedida a Everything Rad, el radiólogo Luís Martí-Bonmatí, que desde el pasado mes de febrero ocupa el Sillón número 13  de la Real Academia Nacional de Medicina, explica cómo va  cambiar en el futuro la forma de trabajar de los radiólogos gracias a avances como los biomarcadores y los informes estructurados.Informes de radiología Continue reading

Ultrasound Touch Panel: Your Customizable Ultrasound Machine

Innovation is easier when you start with a clean slate

Sometimes great ideas, like Carestream’s customizable ultrasound touch panel, need to wait for a confluence of factors to impel their implementation. German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer Touch Ultrasounddescribed this path to product design—a great idea is at first ridiculed, then violently opposed and finally, accepted as obvious1. Certainly many innovations followed this path. Mary Anderson, an American rancher and real estate developer, was turned away for her 1902 invention, the windshield wiper, though Cadillac adopted it after the patent expired.

Carestream was able to design our Touch Prime Ultrasound from a clean slate—no pre-existing technology kept us from producing it. Its all-touch panel lets each sonographer enjoy a customized ultrasound machine.

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