Carestream’s Digital X-ray System Chosen by San Francisco 49ers For Use in Diagnosing Player Injuries

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 16 — Carestream Health continued its focus on providing the latest diagnostic imaging technology for use in sports medicine as another top professional sports team has drafted its newest digital X-ray system for use in diagnosing player injuries.

The San Francisco 49ers have selected a CARESTREAM DRX-Ascend System with a CARESTREAM DRX-1C detector for use at its training and medical facility located at Levi’s® Stadium, which opened in August. The stadium is the new home of the 49ers and will serve as one of the world’s top outdoor sports and entertainment venues.  

CARESTREAM DRX-Ascend“The DRX-Ascend system is extremely flexible and can produce high-resolution diagnostic images in seconds. This X-ray system will aid our team physicians in accurately diagnosing injuries or other medical conditions for our players on game day,” said Jeff Ferguson, Head Athletic Trainer and Vice President of Football Operations, San Francisco 49ers.

The DRX-Ascend performs X-ray exams at hospital radiology departments, imaging centers, clinics and specialists’ offices. This advanced digital radiography system is designed to simplify weight-bearing, cross-table and tabletop studies with a versatile floor-mounted tube stand and a wide, elevating float-top table with a weight capacity of 650 pounds. Users can customize the stand, tables and accessories to match budget and workflow needs. Radiology technologists can preview images using a touch panel screen mounted on the tube stand, which simultaneously enhances care and productivity by verifying that the correct images were captured. 

“Our commitment to sports medicine is a natural progression in serving customers as we leverage the insights we have gained by listening and working with radiologists to develop and refine our digital X-ray systems,” said Diana L. Nole, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream. “The excellent image quality and ease of use that characterize our DRX product family have a strong appeal to sports medicine professionals, and we have the service and support network in place to keep them up and running not just on game day but every day.”

The DRX-Ascend system can be configured with a single detector—or two detectors can be used to maximize productivity. DRX detectors can be moved between components of a DRX system or shared with any room-based or mobile imaging system in Carestream’s DRX family. For example, a hospital could use a DRX detector in its mobile X-ray system for early morning portable exams and then use it with the DRX-Ascend system for daytime diagnostic imaging studies.   

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About the San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers, owned by Denise and John York, currently play in the NFC West division and have won five Super Bowl trophies including Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV and XXIX. The franchise also has six conference championships and 19 divisional championships and was the first major league professional sports team to be based in San Francisco over 60 years ago. Please visit and follow the 49ers on Facebook and Twitter @49ers.