Works-in-Progress* Mobile DR System Features Customer-Driven Design
CHICAGO, Nov. 15 — The CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System will be shown at the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA) conference this week. This innovative DR mobile imaging system is intended to address specific diagnostic imaging challenges voiced by healthcare providers worldwide. In addition, the compact DRX-Revolution is expected to offer many new features designed to help enhance staff productivity and improve patient care. Availability for the DRX-Revolution system in the U.S. is contingent upon FDA clearance, with worldwide availability anticipated in mid-2012.
“Mobile imaging is used in the ER, ICU, operating suites and other environments in which patients who cannot be transported for imaging and are connected to a variety of equipment that makes it even more difficult for radiographers to perform imaging exams,” said Diana Nole, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream Health. “The DRX-Revolution will contain innovative features and functionality to overcome these challenges, and is intended to help healthcare providers generate high-quality images for use in treating seriously ill patients.”
For the DRX-Revolution, Carestream is developing software that will allow radiographers to easily align the tube with a grid. Grid use can assist in achieving high image quality and is intended to reduce the need for retakes.
“When it’s available, I expect the DRX-Revolution will revolutionize mobile imaging technology,” said Mike Ricciardone, Imaging Service Line Director, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, S.C. “Everything about this system—its compact footprint, collapsible column, dual monitors, extended tube head reach, maneuverability and integrated wireless DR detector—is designed to help improve productivity, operational efficiency, safety and patient care.”
Collapsible Column Will Enhance Visibility, Safety
A unique, collapsible column will allow enhanced visibility and safety while moving the mobile system. The imaging system’s ability to make 360-degree turns also will enable radiographers to quickly and easily position it for image capture.
“The DRX-Revolution promises to help enhance patient care by allowing medical staff to instantly review images in the ICU and other areas. It also will be much easier to maneuver in tight spaces crowded with medical equipment than other mobile systems,” said Philippe Gerson, Chief Manager of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Department at the Hotel Dieu de Paris Hospital, Paris, France. “In terms of productivity, it looks like this system is so fast and functional it will be able to act as another x-ray room.”
The DRX-Revolution will offer a long tube head reach to allow radiographers to more efficiently conduct x-ray exams despite bedside medical equipment. In addition to the main 19-inch monitor, the DRX-Revolution will have a second monitor on the tube head so the technologist can work from either location. The cart will provide generous storage space for gloves, sanitizers, markers, paperwork and other tools to further increase efficiency.
Like other DRX systems, the DRX-Revolution will contain the highly popular DRX-1 detector, which can be moved to any room-based or mobile imaging system. Carestream refers to this feature as the “X-Factor.” Asset utilization will be further enhanced since healthcare providers can move the detectors when existing x-ray systems become outdated. CARESTREAM DRX products also share the same user interface to reduce training time and further enhance productivity.
The wireless DRX-1/DRX-1C detectors at the heart of the DRX-Revolution system also power the CARESTREAM DRX-1 System; the CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit; the CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution modular DR suite; the CARESTREAM DRX-Transportable System; and the CARESTREAM DRX-Ascend System.
* Not commercially available.
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