CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution Brings Improvements in Northumbria

19 April 2012 – Northumbria Healthcare Trust has installed three Carestream DRX-Evolution systems, based on the Carestream DRX-1wireless, cassette-sized DR detector. The initial DRX-Evolution system was installed at Sir G.B. Hunter Community Hospital, Newcastle, with the others following at  North Tyneside General Hospital and Wansbeck Hospital at Ashington, both busy district general hospitals with 24 hour A&E departments.

Radiology Services Manager at North Tyneside Hospital, Kevin O’Neill, wanted to upgrade from the existing CR rooms to DR capability, in order to improve image quality and increase room workflow and staff efficiency, with the department’s first experience of digital radiography. ‘We carried out an evaluation process of available equipment but were most impressed by the Carestream DRX-Evolution,’ explained Kevin, ‘especially its functionality, image quality and overall user friendliness for Radiographic staff.’ The Carestream DRX-Evolution, with modular components, allows hospitals to custom design DR rooms which are easily installed and suit individual workflow and budget.

‘Before we installed the first system we expected to see an improvement in image quality and an increase in patient throughput in the room and this has certainly been the case’, said Kevin. ‘The quality of images has definitely improved and we have reduced waiting times for patients significantly. The staff also enjoy using the DRX-Evolution because of its excellent functionality and ease of use.’

The Trust is currently considering adding in-room Carestream DRX-1 systems to further reduce patient waiting times and benefit from the ability to share detectors across rooms.

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