Four Radiology Department Improvements Unlocked by the DRX-Revolution

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Don Thompson, Digital Capture Solutions, Marketing Manager, Carestream U.S. & Canada

Don Thompson, Marketing Manager, Carestream U.S. & Canada

Patient experience. Cost containment. Clinical Quality. Physician alignment.

A recent Advisory Board blog post about the CXO perspective of imaging success reported that the C-Suite places more importance on these factors than volume growth.

It’s no surprise that provider priorities are changing. In response to this change imaging leaders are seizing the opportunity to adopt the broader system’s objectives and success measures.

This service line realignment becomes even more important during purchasing decisions. Radiology administrators must be able to demonstrate the impact of a new technology
investment on the right institutional objective.

Consider how the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution helped these four DRX_Revolution_Image_09_Upright_Column
radiology departments:

  1. Clinical quality – “The DRX-Revolution helps our neonatologists improve care by delivering exceptional image quality and has also helped enable our staff to reduce dose by more than half. The ability to lower dose is especially important for pediatric patients due to the harmful effects of radiation on children and also because these very ill babies often require frequent X-ray exams. The DRX-Revolution automatically displays the previous technique so that we can ensure imaging consistency, which is especially important to help physicians detect changes in these very small patients. Physicians also report that being able to view images at the tubehead when they are inserting PICC lines and other devices is especially helpful because they no longer have to leave the bedside to verify correct placement. This speeds the process and reduces discomfort for these very fragile patients.” – Brad Hellwig, Director of Radiology, and Beth Wilson, Manager of Radiology, Crouse Hospital
  2. Cost containment – “We have reduced our fleet of portable imaging systems by one-third. Carestream’s DRX detectors can also be moved to another mobile imaging system. So if one of our existing portable systems goes down, we can move the detector to another unit,– Juanita Reader, RT(R), Manager of Diagnostic Radiology In-Patient and Informatics, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
  3. Patient experience – “With the DRX detector, images are available over a wireless network in about five seconds, which can expedite diagnosis and treatment. This also eliminates the time-consuming process of transporting cassettes to a CR system for processing. The detector is light and it’s much easier for technologists to position correctly because the detector offers a full field of view. Detectors that are larger than the size of the image they capture are more difficult to work with.”  –  Tina Harvey, RT (R), Radiology Manager, Baylor University Medical Center
  4. Physician Alignment – “The DRX-Revolution also delivers process improvements for everyone involved in the imaging workflow—from technologists to physicians, radiologists and specialists. Since images from the portable systems are available in about five seconds, physicians can make rapid decisions that can improve patient care. The hospital’s technologists worked with radiologists to create new techniques for portable exams that lowered the dose while optimizing image quality. When Carestream’s consultant came to the site for training, she displayed four views of the same exposure so radiologists could select their preferred display preference. We didn’t even know it was possible to do this but it made our radiologists extremely happy.” – Chief Technologist Chris Vineyard, University Health System, San Antonio

Have you explored how a change in portable imaging strategy could contribute to your organizational goals?

Learn how one of American’s top hospitals – Indiana University Methodist Hospital –  converted from portable CR systems to DRX technology to improve physician satisfaction and boost staff morale here.

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