Fluoroscopy and Digital Radiography in One Room
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Introducing the CARESTREAM DRX-Excel Plus fluoroscopy systems.
Fluoroscopy has been around almost as long as the X-ray itself. Shortly after Röentgen discovered X-rays, practitioners projected medical images onto a fluorescent screen and stood by to observe the results in real time.
Today, the results of a fluoroscopic exam are “coupled to an electronic device that amplifies and transforms the glowing light into a video signal suitable for presentation on an electronic display,” writes Eric Gingold, PhD in an Image Wisely1 article (Modern Fluoroscopy Imaging Systems). Dr. Gingold dryly remarks that this results in a reduction in dose to the patient as well as a “substantial reduction in radiation dose to the fluoroscopist.”
An idea whose time has come.
But traditionally, despite the fact that many of the basic requirements for fluoroscopy equipment were similar to those of X-ray equipment, the fluoro system required its own room—putting a strain on resources in crowded hospital radiology departments. And unless the requirement for fluoroscopy was especially heavy, the fluoro room was not fully utilized—while X-ray rooms were fully booked.
Enter the CARESTREAM DRX-Excel Plus fluoroscopy systems
These versatile systems can record both fluoro and radiography sequences and interventional procedures.
In an organization where resources are constrained, it is now possible to use the “fluoro room” for digital X-rays as well as fluoroscopic studies. And that can mean increased utilization, better workflow, and increased productivity.
Is your organization planning a new fluoroscopy room? Perhaps you should explore the more versatile DRX-Excel Plus System that permits both fluoroscopy and digital radiography in the same room. To learn more, visit drxExcel.com
1 Image Wisely is the organization dedicated to lowering radiation dose from medical imaging supported by ACR, RSNA, ASRT, and AAPM.
Jane Duffy-White, Marketing Manager, Carestream Health