Crouse Health’s Medical Imaging team has completed a strategic initiative to update 100% of its diagnostic x-ray equipment to the most advanced technology available, known as digital radiography (DR).
The hospital’s Diagnostic X-ray Department and Crouse Medical Imaging are now comprised of Philips DigitalDiagnost C90 VS equipment. DR allows X-ray images to be captured directly onto a digital image receptor that converts the image to a digital form almost instantaneously. The electronic image is then able to be viewed, shared and stored in nearly real time. This allows for quicker exam times for patients, faster imaging read times and enhanced diagnoses using innovative imaging tools. The DR technology is also more efficient at capturing X-ray energy, using less radiation to be used previously, while producing images of superior quality. The X-ray room in the hospital was built to accommodate wheelchair and stretcher patients by removing the X-ray table and installing the equipment in an open floor plan design. The X-ray room at the Crouse Imaging Center, designed for all general X-ray exams and ambulatory patients, includes an X-ray table and upright wall detector.
“The project has been six months in the planning, development and installation stages, and included specialized training for the X-ray technologists,” says Brad Hellwig, BS, CNMT, RT, administrative director of Crouse Medical Imaging. “With this superior technological advancement, we are able to greatly enhance our mission to provide the best in patient care.”