DRYVIEW Chroma Imager Trade Trial at Italian Hospital: Satisfied Physicians, More Referrals
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Editor’s Note: Casa di Cura Sileno e Anna Rizzola hospital in San Donà di Piave, Italy, recently participated in a trade trial for Carestream’s DRYVIEW Chroma Imager. We asked Dr. Riccardo Dus, M.D., Director of Diagnostic Imaging Services, to discuss the hospital’s experience with the product.
Through a trade trial with Carestream’s DRYVIEW Chroma Imager, we found that high-quality paper output of medical images from this device enhanced satisfaction among our referring physicians – to the extent that referrals have increased.
Let me provide some context: Our diagnostic imaging team performs 50,000 imaging exams annually on the CR, DR, MR, CT and ultrasound imaging systems at our 100-bed Casa di Cura Sileno e Anna Rizzola hospital. Previously, we furnished referring physicians CDs containing patient images from these exams. As part of the trade trial, we began supplying hardcopies of selected images, along with a full compilation of images on CD. The hardcopies constituted images printed on Chroma glossy medical paper in A3 (420 x 297 mm) and A4 (210 x 297 mm) sizes.
Our referring physicians responded enthusiastically. We learned that they greatly appreciate the convenience of viewing images on paper at their desk or in an exam room with a patient. Consequently, as mentioned above, these physicians have begun referring more patients to our hospital.
We now print approximately 600-800 medical images per month with the DRYVIEW Chroma Imager. Handling the volume has not been a challenge: The printer has a roll paper feeder that automatically cuts the paper to either A3 or A4 size, thus improving the productivity of our department. We simply select the paper size and the printer handles the output. This is a tremendous advantage: Our technicians do not need to constantly check and replenish the printer’s paper supply throughout the day, nor do we need to stock two different paper sizes.
The printer also was easy to set up and has proved extremely reliable. Plus its initial price and ongoing operating costs make it very cost effective. But we did not install the DRYVIEW Chroma Imager for these reasons. Our primary motivation was to find a printer that could deliver high-quality paper output to better meet the needs of our referring physicians. We accomplished that thanks to the DRYVIEW Chroma Imager.