Carestream Delivers Measurable Improvements to Workflow and Patient Experience With Novel Smart Assist Features on DRX-Compass

ROCHESTER, N.Y., August 1 — New “Smart Room Assist ” high-performance usability workflow features on the affordable DRX-Compass deliver a measurable increase in imaging capacity (1) and a reduction in reject rates (2), Carestream Health announced today.

“The Smart Room Assist features on DRX-Compass add significant quantifiable value to the imaging process. They help streamline workflow and ease the physical stress on radiographers, while also helping to deliver more consistent image capture and improved image quality for stronger diagnostic confidence and patient care,” said Marco Riolfo, Worldwide Marketing Manager, Global X-ray Solutions, at Carestream.

During customer site evaluations using Carestream DR Smart Room Assist features, facilities experienced the following notable, measurable results:

  • Workflow productivity improvements in Carestream DR Smart Room Assist can help customers increase imaging capacity by nearly 200 images per year. (1)
  • Customers realized an average reject rate reduction of 16% from their current rates. (2)
  • Customers saw an average decrease of 8.4 seconds in time to first exposure which saves them 140 minutes per 1,000 first exposures. (2)

The package of new usability workflow features delivers faster exams and more consistent patient positioning which helps improve diagnostic confidence. Plus, optional Smart Noise Cancellation software enables customers to lower radiation dose without loss in image quality when compared to Carestream's standard image processing. Smart Room Assist features are available on both the floor mount and overhead ceiling mount configurations of DRX-Compass.

“The productivity-boosting features in DRX-Compass are essential during this time of worldwide staffing shortages in healthcare,” said Mr.  Riolfo. “Additionally, the enhanced image consistency enabled by improved patient positioning can help increase radiologists’ confidence in the quality of the radiographs.”

Smart Room Assist Features:

  • Patient-Position Monitoring: Provides a live camera view of patients that allows operators to observe patients and their positions from the operator console. This feature allows the radiographer to observe the patient’s position and/or movement prior to acquisition, helping to avoid retakes. It also helps reduce direct patient contact for improved infection control.
  • Virtual Collimation: Allows the operator to adjust the collimation field from the operator console. This feature helps reduce direct patient contact for improved infection control, and helps reduce the work intensity of the radiographer.
  • Positioning Overlay: Provides an augmented view (overlays) of the detector boundary and AEC cells on the operator console. This feature helps provide faster and consistent patient positioning, and helps provide consistent patient imaging.
  • Patient Picture: Allows the operator to capture a picture of the patient simultaneously with exposure or manually on demand. The image can provide positioning and additional clinical context to the physician.
  • Virtual Long-Length Imaging (LLI): Allows the operator to set the starting and end ROI points for an auto LLI procedure at the operator console. This feature helps provide faster LLI workflow; helps reduce the work intensity of the radiographer; and helps provide consistent patient imaging.
  • Align Assist: Displays feedback about the tubehead and detector angles to assist with alignment. This feature helps provide faster and accurate positioning of equipment to help reduce retakes and optimize workflow. It also helps provide consistent patient imaging.
  • Audio Assist: Provides bi-directional direct audio communication between the operator and patient, along with customizable audio presets for the operator to communicate with the patient. The pre-recorded message and direct audio feed from the console help optimize communication with the patient. Additionally, a pre-recorded message prior to equipment movement improves safety.

The new features also help reduce the amount of direct contact required for an exam, an added benefit for staff members and patients who are concerned about infection control.

In addition to the new Smart Room Assist features, Carestream offers AI-based Smart Room enhanced features to further boost productivity, provide consistent imaging and enrich patient care.

“By implementing this innovative package of Smart Assist features, our customers in healthcare can move the needle forward on improving patient outcomes and financial sustainability, and enhancing the user experience for both imaging professionals and patients,” said Brian Calderbank, Director of Strategy & Marketing Global at Carestream Health.


1 Based on 2% reduction in image rejects, 10,000 images/year with average imaging time of 50 seconds.

2 During customer site evaluations using Carestream DR Smart Room Assist features.

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