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New DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System As Works-In-Progress
Innovative Mobile DR Unit Features Customer-Focused Design for Improved Visibility and Mobility; Tube and Grid Alignment Intended to Optimize Image Quality
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 13 — Designed as a true mobile DR system based on direct customer input and testing, the works-in-progress CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System will offer significant benefits for physicians, radiographers and patients due to its image quality, easy maneuverability and productivity-enhancing features. The DRX-Revolution system availability in the U.S. is contingent upon FDA clearance, with worldwide availability anticipated in mid-2012.
“The small footprint DRX-Revolution will include all the essential tools radiology professionals have long been waiting for, as well as an easy-to-position tube head and digital image quality that can lead to improved patient care. It will be like having a fully-featured x-ray room on wheels to treat what are often the sickest of patients,” said Diana Nole, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream Health. “In addition, the DRX-Revolution will be compatible with other CARESTREAM DRX products to maximize capital purchases and help organizations better manage radiology-related costs.”
Physicians will quickly appreciate the image quality produced by the DRX-Revolution due to its powerful 32kW generator, DRX detector and special software that will enable the radiographer to easily align the tube with the grid to optimize image quality. This solves the difficulty in aligning the x-ray tube—the main reason that inhibits grid usage overall—which is intended to lead to fewer image retakes and faster diagnosis for patients who are confined to their beds and in need of urgent care.
The DRX-Revolution will eliminate many of the frustrating challenges of bedside imaging. Ergonomically designed to meet the specialized needs of busy radiology professionals, this new mobile DR system will feature a unique, collapsible column that allows unobstructed views for enhanced visibility and safety while moving the system. Its dual-drive system and the ability to make tight, 360 degree turns in small spaces (like those found in the ICU, ED and operating room) will enable the unit to be quickly and properly positioned to capture an image.
These features will lead to faster set up and positioning; minimal intrusion on staff and surrounding equipment; and faster capture of high-quality x-ray images for rapid access by the medical team. “The design of this new mobile DR imaging platform with its collapsible column and improved maneuverability represents important advantages for imaging critical care patients,” said Mike Foley, RT(R), Director of Radiology Services, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Mass.
Carestream’s DRX-Revolution also will offer the longest tube head reach available anywhere, making it easier for radiographers to quickly and effectively conduct x-ray exams despite the crowded presence of bedside medical equipment.
“The DRX-Revolution design features are expected to help hospital staffs overcome the challenges presented in imaging seriously ill and injured patients. The system’s compact footprint and extended tube head will allow high-quality imaging of critical care patients who cannot be moved for positioning,” said Enrico Perez, BS, RT, CRA, FAHRA, Administrative Director, Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y.
The system will have two monitors (the main 19-inch monitor and the 8-inch tube head monitor) that provide two work zones, which are intended to further help improve productivity and performance. Designed as a DR system from the ground up, there will be a place for everything: generous storage space for gloves, sanitizers, markers, paperwork and much more.
With fast, single sign-in (via password or badge swipe) this portable digital x-ray unit can be powered up quickly and ready to go. It will use the same software and graphic user interface as other CARESTREAM DRX products for ease of use, which means less training time is required for staff as well as enhanced productivity that results from product familiarity.
The DRX-1/DRX-1C wireless detectors at the heart of the DRX-Revolution system serve as the detector platform that powers the CARESTREAM DRX-1 System; the CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit; the CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution modular DR suite; the CARESTREAM DRX-Transportable System; and the CARESTREAM DRX-Ascend System.
DRX-based systems offer compelling options since these wireless detectors can be used in multiple x-ray systems at a facility. For example, a detector can be used in a mobile unit for early morning hospital rounds and then moved to a general radiology room for the rest of the day. DRX detectors can also move from day use in general radiology rooms to mobile systems that serve the emergency department at night. The exceptional image quality of these digital systems make these units an ideal fit for general radiography exams including orthopedic, trauma, pediatric and other specialty care environments.
Carestream Health’s new works-in-progress DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System—as well as the company’s entire DRX portfolio—will be on display at the upcoming meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
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Carestream Health is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and healthcare IT solutions; molecular imaging systems for life science research and drug discovery/development; x-ray film and digital x-ray systems for non-destructive testing; and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets.
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