Freeman Hospital Invests Further With Carestream Drx-Evolution

Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., Aug. 12 — The Radiology Department at Freeman Hospital, part of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has recently installed a third CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution room to replace an aging CR room. Freeman Hospital is one of the largest teaching hospital Trusts in the country and the Radiology Directorate within Newcastle carries out in excess of 440,000 examinations a year.

Graeme Hughes is the Senior Superintendent Radiographer/Manager for Radiology on the Freeman Hospital site and he explained why they had made a further investment in Carestream’s configurable, modular DRX solution.

‘We already have two Carestream DRX Evolution rooms capable of full leg/full spine imaging and two Carestream DRX1 retrofit devices, including the mobile solution, in order to reap the productivity benefits which DR provides,’ said Graeme. ‘Our Staff have always found the Carestream Evolution DR interface extremely intuitive and easy to use. The auto position functionality is also of real benefit as it minimizes moving and handling requirements for staff.’ 

Graeme anticipates further benefits to both Clinicians and patients from the new DR system. ‘The Carestream DRX-Evolution room replaces an existing CR supported X-ray facility, so clearly an increase in productivity and patient turnaround times to clinics and wards will result,’ he said. ‘We also opted for the Caesium Iodide DR detectors to help reduce patient dose. The addition of this latest Evolution Room now means that the main x-ray department at Freeman is now fully DR enabled’.

How do radiographic staff in the Radiology Directorate at Freeman Hospital sum up the benefits of the Carestream DRX Evolution system? ‘The system is fast, intuitive, flexible in terms of positioning and it produces high quality images’ explained Senior Radiographer, Philippa White.


Freeman DRX-Evolution

Back row (l to r) Graeme Hughes, Radiology Manager and Brian Hobson, Superintendent Radiographer for Plain Film, Radiology Directorate, Freeman Hospital. Front row (l to r) Veronica McGahan, Assistant Practitioner; Philippa White, Senior Radiographer; Janet Tang, Radiographer and Jonathan Atkinson, Carestream North of England Key Account Manager.


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