CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution at Erlanger Children’s Hospital Optimizes Image Quality for Pediatric X-ray Exams

Advanced Long-Length Imaging Software Stitches Images Together with A High Degree of Geometric Accuracy

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 7 — Children’s Hospital at Erlanger (Chattanooga, Tenn.) recently implemented a CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution with Carestream’s long-length imaging software to optimize image quality for all types of X-ray images including long-length exams for pediatric surgeons and other specialists. In addition to trauma and intensive care services, the hospital offers pediatric specialists in all major areas of care including orthopaedics, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology and oncology.

“We equipped our DRX-Evolution with high-resolution cesium iodide detectors to enhance image quality and help reduce dose. Our specialists immediately commented on the additional level of detail they are able in see in the X-ray images,” said Byron Stutz, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger’s Chief Radiologic Technologist.    

The radiology department conducts hundreds of long-length images each month for joint surveys, and for diagnosing and treating conditions including scoliosis, hip dysplasia and other abnormalities. “We see congenital conditions as well as those caused by injuries or obesity,” said Stutz. “Carestream’s long-length imaging system stitches the captured images with a high degree of resolution and geometric accuracy. Our surgeons and orthopaedic specialists are pleased with the quality of these images, which is an improvement over long-length CR images.”

Carestream software adjusts the exposure discrepancies between images and compensates for the latitude differences, therefore providing presentation that is individually optimized for each image and its corresponding anatomical region. The image-processing algorithm then stitches the individually optimized images together to create a smooth and seamless composite image for diagnosis.

The CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution DR Room is a versatile digital radiography system with configurable, modular components that combine to fit the space, workflow and budget requirements of each healthcare facility. This system can perform a wide variety of general radiographic exams with convenience, productivity and patient comfort. Optional cesium iodide DRX-1C detectors offer high DQE (detective quantum efficiency) and can lower X-ray exposure when compared to CR cassettes or gadolinium scintillator detectors.   

For more information about Carestream medical imaging and IT solutions please visit www.carestream.com.

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About Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
Children’s Hospital at Erlanger (Chattanooga, Tenn.), part of the Erlanger Health System, is a full-service facility usually found only in very large cities. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is designated Level III by the state of Tennessee, providing the very highest level of care for premature or sick newborns. The Pediatric Trauma Team, Emergency Department and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit provide immediate, 24-hour-a-day care for critically ill or injured children. Erlanger LifeForce Air Ambulance and the Neonatal/Pediatric Ground Transport make the services of Children's Hospital quickly accessible to pediatric patients throughout the region. In addition to trauma and intensive care services, the hospital offers specialists in all major area of care including orthopaedics, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology and psychology and others. For more information, please visit www.erlanger.org.

About Carestream Health
Carestream is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging systems for non-destructive testing and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets. For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream representative or call 888-777-2072, or visit www.carestream.com.

CARESTREAM is a trademark of Carestream Health.
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