Radiology Equipment Selection Begins with Understanding Workflows

9 questions to answer before researching equipment

Radiology equipment selection for imaging rooms is among the most important decisions a hospital or imaging facility will make. Choosing the imaging product best suited to your workflow and imaging needs can help your doctors make quicker diagnoses and give you a faster return on investment. The right diagnostic imaging equipment also can help reduce x-ray exam times and increase patient comfort.

Selecting the wrong product can negatively affect imaging workflow and owner costs. Considering that the average lifespan of digital radiography equipment is 20 years, it is critical to make a well-informed decision.

90% of successful product selection comes from understanding clinical and ergonomic workflows

During my 10 years of advising medical imaging facilities on equipment purchases, I’ve found that some facilities don’t fully understand their imaging needs. Others might understand them, but have not documented their needs well enough to share with the prospective vendor. This makes it hard for the supplier to recommend the most appropriate solution. It also makes it difficult for you to compare products from different vendors. 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

Carestream Expands DRX Detector Portfolio for Diagnostic Imaging

Growing portfolio supports diverse healthcare facilities

Carestream transformed diagnostic imaging with the launch of our first wireless detector. The innovation continues today with our expanded detector portfolio that includes our DRX Plus and DRX Core detectors.

CARESTREAM DRX Plus detectors in 35 x 43 cm and 43 x 43 cm sizes offer a choice of gadolinium (GOS) or higher-resolution cesium (CsI). These detectors are available in the United States and Canada as well as many countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Carestream also offers a small-format DRX 2530C cesium detector designed for use with pediatric and NICU patients as well as for tabletop imaging.

DRX Plus detectors offer rapid image capture to help users achieve a streamlined workflow and deliver excellent DQE (detective quantum efficiency) to enhance image quality and lower dose. In addition, DRX Plus detectors have an IPX Level 57 rating for liquid resistance to the IEC standard 60529. A reduced weight and thinner profile allow even easier handling for radiology imaging.

We’ve also modified the Bucky in our DRX-Evolution Plus and DRX-Ascend systems to accept the larger-format DRX Plus 4343 detectors, which also can be used with the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System.

DRX Core detectors serve diverse imaging facilities

Our DRX Core detectors are designed to make high-quality DR imaging affordable for smaller imaging centers and hospitals, as well as urgent care facilities, specialty clinics, and mobile imaging service providers. The DRX Core portfolio includes wireless gadolinium and cesium detectors in 35 x 43 cm and 43 x 43 cm sizes—as well as fixed 43 x 43 cm detectors with both scintillators.

DRX Core detectors can be used with Carestream’s DRX-Ascend System, DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kits and our new Motion Mobile X-ray System (INVESTIGATIONAL-Not available for commercial sale). Up to two DRX Core detectors can be registered with each system at any time. Facilities can have a combination of eight DRX detectors registered with DIRECTVIEW Software on each imaging system for simultaneous use.

DRX Core detectors deliver a preview image in three seconds and full-resolution display in 12 seconds. They use the same battery as DRX Plus and DRX-1 detectors and can be used with Carestream’s DIRECTVIEW software or Image Suite software.

Want to learn more? See the video below and visit our website to see our full line of detectors and other innovative solutions for radiology imaging.

Sarah Verna

Sarah Verna is a Worldwide Marketing Manager at Carestream.