Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Companion Image That Shows Tubes and Lines Helps Enhance Patient Care

ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 1 — Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, purchased dual-detector CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution systems and CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kits for its radiology department. The award-winning, 631-bed hospital will install the DRX-Evolution suites in its Level 1 Trauma Center.

These digital x-ray imaging systems offer excellent quality and deliver images to physicians for review in as little as five seconds. This allows for rapid diagnosis and treatment. The system’s design also minimizes the need for patient movement, which is especially important for patients who are critically ill or have sustained major injuries.

“After viewing the DRX-Evolution suite in use at other hospitals, we believe it will provide the flexible positioning we need for our ER patients. The removable, cassette-size detector will allow us to capture difficult exams while moving our trauma patients as little as possible,” said Elisabeth A. Grady, BS, RT(R) (CV), General Diagnostic Manager of the Radiology Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Installing highly productive DR suites will help the Trauma Center manage growing patient volumes using its existing x-ray rooms, she added.

The mobile retrofit kits will upgrade existing CR-based mobile x-ray systems to DR technology that provides immediate image access for on-site physicians and wireless image transmission to the hospital’s PACS. The mobile imaging systems serve critical care patients throughout the hospital.

The hospital has already installed one DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit, which displays images in five seconds. Carestream Health’s software can display a companion image (based on the original exposure) that is optimized to show the location of tubes and lines. “This feature allows physicians to immediately verify that positioning is correct, or to change placement, without even moving the detector. This enhances both the comfort and care of our patients,” Grady explained.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is renowned for excellence in patient care, biomedical research, teaching and community service. The medical center was recognized in 2010 by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine as one of the nation's most wired hospitals. It hosts nearly 750,000 patient visits annually.

The DRX-Evolution suite has a motorized wall stand with extensive range of motion and a fixed, elevating table to enhance patient care in trauma and general radiology areas. The cassette-size, wireless DRX detectors can be removed from the bucky to provide greater positioning flexibility.

The CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit allows healthcare providers to upgrade selected GE, Siemens and Shimadzu mobile x-ray systems to cassette-size wireless DR technology that can deliver immediate access to images so physicians can make diagnosis and treatment decisions while at the patient’s bedside.


About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and consistently ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit

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