Carestream DRX Technology Improves Workflow At Brighton And Sussex 

The Imaging and Nuclear Medicine department of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has installed a range of Carestream DRX-1 retrofit DR solutions, with a total of seven detectors located over three sites.

The Royal Sussex County Hospital has added two CARESTREAM DRX-1 retro-fit DR solutions to existing x-ray rooms, the Radiology Department at Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath have installed a CARESTREAM DRX-1 retro-fit system in their x-ray room and a DRX-1mobile retro fit kit on a mobile x-ray unit, whilst Hove Polyclinic Radiology Department have installed two retro fit DRX1 Systems in their x-ray rooms.

Clinical Modality Manager, Eoin O’Flynn explained the reasons behind the choice of the Carestream systems: ‘We chose the Carestream retro-fit equipment because we already use digital equipment and were aware of the benefits of DR technology. By installing the retro-fit kits we extended the life of some of our older x-ray equipment and also increased our capacity to deal with the increasing demand for plain film.’

‘We wanted a simple, cost effective, easily installable solution’, continued Eoin. ‘The DRX system was installed in one day, which is considerably less than installing a new room, and it was a breeze, with no builders on site! We also took the opportunity to revamp some of our older rooms and equipment, bringing DR technology to our satellite centres.’

 

Pictured at Royal Sussex County Hospital: Back Row (l to r): Eoin O’Flynn, Clinical Modality Manager; Tim Kilby, Carestream Health Key Account Manager; Chris Heape, Radiographer. Front Row (l to r): Radiographers Donna Hall, Sophie English and Kayleigh Nash.

  Pictured at Royal Sussex County Hospital: Back Row (l to r): Eoin O’Flynn, Clinical Modality Manager; Tim Kilby, Carestream Health Key Account Manager; Chris Heape, Radiographer. Front Row (l to r): Radiographers Donna Hall, Sophie English and Kayleigh Nash.
The Radiology department had previously trialled the Carestream equipment in 2010 and staff then found it easy to use and that it removed the need for radiographers to walk continuously to and from the imaging room to the central processor. It also noticeably reduced the number of patients waiting. As Eoin explained: ‘it generally made staff’s life easier and they liked that!’

Now the Carestream DRX equipment is installed, staff at all three locations are enjoying greatly improved workflow in key areas and additional improvements in image quality. Wireless connectivity allows each mobile unit to send and receive information directly on the wards and to show images instantaneously to medical staff in RESUS and ITU. Eoin O’Flynn is already seeing benefits from the new systems: ‘We’re seeing a faster turnaround of patients and radiographers can spend more time in the room with the patient instead of dragging cassettes backwards and forwards to the processor. It’s an easy operating platform; our radiographers certainly find them easy to operate, especially as we already use Carestream CR systems. And there’s a definite reduction in our exposure factors compared to CR.’  

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