David Carradine, Radiographer, University Hospital Birmingham, UK, has been using the CARESTREAM DRX-1 System in mobile units and in the x-ray room for approximately a year. The facility sees benefits in patient care using the new technology because the detector – and therefore the patient – doesn’t need to be moved to process images.
Lindy Andrews MD, Vice Chair Emergency Department, Heartland Regional Medical Center, explains that the DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit allows their team to take the portable x-ray unit to the room when the department is extremely busy, to capture extremity, chest, and other portable shots to speed patient care. Because they don’t have to move the patient around Andrews reports at least 10-15 minutes of “lessened” patient time in the emergency department.
Michael Foley, Director of Radiology, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, discusses workflow and throughput improvements delivered by the CARESTREAM DRX-1 System. The DRX-1 features an innovative cassette-sized wireless DR detector that fits the existing equipment of radiology departments, making it cost-effective and easy to transition X-ray rooms from film or CR to fully digital.
Guest post: Chris Vineyard, Chief Technologist, R.T. (R) (ARRT), University Hospital, San Antonio
Earlier this year University Hospital was named the best hospital in San Antonio by U.S. News & World Report in its first-ever ranking of “best hospitals” for 52 U.S. metropolitan areas. This highlights the outstanding efforts of our physicians and staff to use new technologies and processes that enhance patient care.
We see an average of 200 radiology patients a day in the emergency department (ED), and during peak periods we can see 30 radiology patients in an hour. We are able to provide improved care after converting our imaging system in the busy Level 1 Trauma Center to a DRX-1 detector with the CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit kit.
We now use wireless digital radiography (DR) technology to triage incoming trauma patients. Images are viewed on the mobile system in about three seconds, so ER physicians can immediately assess the severity of each patient’s condition and determine the most effective treatment plan.
According to our ER physicians, using a mobile imaging system is much faster and safer for trauma patients because they do not need to be moved from the gurney or stretcher. The thin DRX detector is also the best option for patients who are in pain and cannot be moved due to possible spine injuries.
Retrofitting our existing CR-based imaging system with a wireless DRX detector achieves faster image access and better resolution than CR technology—which translates to better care for critically ill or injured patients.
How do you triage incoming ED patients? Are you using CR or DR mobile imaging in your ED?
Maxine Nesbitt, A+E Radiography Team Leader at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK, talked with us about her experience with wireless DR with the CARESTREAM DRX Family technology. The brand new hospital installed DR right away, and saw decreased exam times and improved patient care compared to their old CR technology.
John Olson, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery, Heartland Regional Medical Center, talked with us about his experience using the CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit in the operating room. He found that the rapid access to images can save as much as 20 minutes during each surgery – which can be the difference that surgeons need to be home in time for dinner!
What benefits have you experienced by using DR during surgery?
“Retrofitting our mobile system with a DRX-1 detector greatly improves both the speed of access to images and visualization of tubes and lines. All of our surgeons and physicians want to use the DRX-based portable because of these benefits, so we hope to order more DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kits in 2011.”
Kimlyn Queen, Director of Imaging and Cardiac Catheterization Services
Note to reader: Carestream has installed the CARESTREAM DRX Family of products in facilities across the world. In a series of posts, customers have agreed to share their experiences.
“The integrated, automated DRX-Evolution suite delivers enhanced productivity and positioning flexibility due to the DRX-1 detectors—and it is also much more cost effective than other DR systems we evaluated. It is an ideal solution because it can perform every type of imaging exam and will help our staff handle the anticipated expansion in referral volumes at our clinic.”
Mark Sevcik, Operations and Development Director, Radiology Consultants Associated
Robin Wible, Director of Imaging at Memorial Hospital (York, PA) reflects on her facility’s experience with the CARESTREAM DRX Family of products. The 100 bed community hospital has transitioned their entire department to digital with the CARESTREAM DRX-1 System, CARESTREAM DRX Evolution and, most recently, CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit. The radiology users at the hospital find that the flexibility and versatility of DRX Family saves money, saves time and improves the quality of patient care.
Customer spotlight: Penn. medical center uses wireless detector to upgrade one room while building a new one
Robin Wible, Director of Radiology, Memorial Hospital (York, PA):
“So far we have had the DRX-1 up and running since March—to prepare for renovations on a room we were going to replace with the new Carestream DRX-Evolution room. The idea was to step up our turnaround time for patients while we were remodeling. The technologists are really happy with the DRX-1 product—they love it, which is great—and I told them—just wait till you get the new room in, because you’re really going to like that!”
If you were going to remodel an old X-ray room, how would you increase throughput to avoid increasing patient wait time?
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of interviews with Robin Wible, Director of Radiology at Memorial Hospital (York, PA), who recently completed the purchase and installation of a CARESTREAM DRX-1.