ER/OR Radiology Trends: Faster images, lower doses, and the technologist doesn’t leave the room!

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In the Emergency Department of most hospitals, physicians’ imaging dreams are coming true. Today, because of new wireless DR technology, imaging in the ER and OR is practically immediate. Image quality is enhanced, and dosage minimized.

We asked Marjorie Calvetti, Administrative Director of Radiology at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL how it works in her ED and trauma bays.  Marjorie told us that they use four Carestream DRX-1 wireless DR cassettes in their ED and they are multiregistered to their trauma bays. When a trauma patient comes into the ED the technologist grabs a DRX-1 DR cassette and brings it right into the trauma bay.  Built into the walls in their trauma bays are 52” flat-screen panels. The technologist conducts the X-ray exam, accepts the image and sends it instantly to the wall screens—without having to leave the room (see below video for further elaboration).

In most hospital environments, increased speed in imaging equates to dollars saved. But in the trauma room, increased speed can mean better patient outcome and even lives saved.

How much time do you lose from the technologist’s dash to the processor?  How long does it take to shoot an image in your ED? We’d love to hear your views!

Marjorie Calvetti, Administrative Director of Radiology Memorial Medical Center (Springfield, IL) discusses how the DRX-1 System works in her Emergency Department and trauma bays.


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