Carestream Health, Reports Broad-Based Interest in the Industry’s First Wireless, Cassette-Size Detector
GENEVA, JUNE 4 — Carestream Health, Inc., reports broad-based interest in the industry’s first wireless, cassette-size detector—the CARESTREAM DRX-1 System. UK orders have already been placed by Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester, North Manchester General Hospital, Royal Oldham Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
One of the first UK installations will be at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, run by the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. Diagnostic Imaging is a core service at the Trust, providing a comprehensive imaging, diagnostic and interventional service across a wide catchment area.
Mark Rodgers, Radiology Services Manager for the Trust said: “This will be the first DR room in Huddersfield Hospital. We have installed a Carestream Health DR7500 at Todmorden Health Centre, an outlying clinic, and we will be installing a DR7500 with Long Leg Imager and a new Carestream Health DRX1 system at the main Huddersfield site. We chose the DRX1 because of the flexibility of having a fixed plate DR in a general room, allowing us to manage the planned increase in patient throughput. It’s an ideal solution and easy to use, with the detector being the size, thickness and weight of a conventional cassette.” He went on: “It will give us the flexibility to image patients quickly and efficiently and facilitate exams where it is difficult or painful to move the patient. We won’t have to move to CR or other examination rooms.”
Todd R. Minnigh, Carestream Health’s Worldwide Director of Marketing, Digital X-ray said: “The affordable price point of this new technology and its ability to utilise existing X-ray systems is driving unprecedented demand from a diverse list of providers—from imaging centres and orthopaedic centres to hospitals and other healthcare providers of all sizes.” He went on, “Many facilities want to upgrade from CR to achieve the increased productivity delivered by direct digital capture.”
With the DRX-1 System, imaging studies are captured by the detector and transmitted to the system’s console using secure wireless communications. Preview images appear on the monitor in about five seconds so radiologists can verify patient positioning.
Since this new detector can be employed in nearly all applications where a 14 x 17 inch (35 x 43 cm) x-ray cassette would be used, it offers an affordable, smooth transition to DR technology for many imaging environments.