Rapid Access to High-Quality Images Improving Neonatal ICU Outcomes
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This is a guest-post by Robert Whitmarsh, RT (R), CNMT, Director of Medical Imaging Administration, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center (Syracuse, N.Y.).
Our hospital retrofitted three of our portable x-ray systems with CARESTREAM DRX detectors, which are primarily deployed in our most critical environments – the ER, ICU, neonatal ICU and surgical suites. And when seconds count, we’ve seen the instant access to images they offer actually save lives.
One recent example is a case of a premature baby in our neonatal ICU. The baby’s condition suddenly started to decline. Our staff took a chest image using a portable X-ray system that had been retrofitted with a CARESTREAM DRX-1 detector. Less than five seconds later, physicians looked at the image and realized one of the baby’s lungs had collapsed.
Detecting a pneumothorax is notoriously difficult, particularly in premature infants. Carestream’s DRX-detector delivered the exceptional visualization needed for our physicians to see the problem so they could correct it. They immediately inserted a chest tube to re-inflate the lung.
Taking the image, making the diagnosis and correcting the condition were ALL accomplished in less time than it takes to process a CR image.
We believe having high-quality digital radiography images available on our portable systems saved that baby’s life—and significantly improves care for other critically ill and injured patients.
Editor’s Note: You can schedule an appointment at RSNA 2012 or stop by booth #2636 to see our latest digital radiography and pediatric imaging solutions.