Mobile Diagnostic Imaging, a mobile x-ray provider based out of Belmont, OH provides mobile diagnostic imaging services to assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and homebound patients. MDI recently installed 2 Rayence Xmaru 1417 DR panels. Before the upgrade, MDI used plain film and cassettes. The Rayence panels are being used with their existing Sterne Medical Acu-Ray mobile units. While bedside, MDI is able to send all of their images to an eRad Practice Builder 1-2-3 PACS. This digital upgrade has allowed MDI and the radiologists to immediately access new studies through the PACS. This digital upgrade has allowed MDI to increase through put and accuracy, while allowing for the patients and referring physicians quicker access to radiologist reports.
Over the last few years, the University of Maryland and X-Ray Visions have been partnered to upgrade their existing fleet of portable x-ray units with Carestream’s DRX line of digital flat panel solutions. The University was one of the early adopters of Carestream’s DRX portable retrofits in their Shock Trauma Unit. Based on the exceptional results of that experience, they decided going forward that all portable upgrades/replacements would be to digital. Last year they formed a task force to evaluate all the DR Portable options available. A wide selection of vendors were invited to provide a week long demo of their unit in which the staff of the University would have the chance to use and evaluate the equipment utilizing a 20 step criteria that they had developed. The result was a clear win for the Carestream System.
The University recently installed the new 25×30 Carestream DRX 2530C panel for use in Pediatric cases. The smaller panel is specifically designed to meet the needs of pediatric, neonatal and orthopedic imaging.
Because of the DRX line performance and the excellent installation, support and service provided by X-Ray Visions, the University continues to utilize the Carestream DRX retrofits for all of their digital portable needs.
X-Ray Visions, Inc was selected as the vendor of choice after an extensive two year selection process. XRV is replacing a GE Proteus Radiographic Room and Fuji CR with a Quantum Q-Rad Digital Room (pictured here) with two DRX-1C Detectors located in GBMC’s Emergency Room Department. This was a bundled package purchase which also includes 4 DRX Revolution Portables and a DRX Evolution x-ray room which is currently being installed. One of the DRX Revolutions will also have the smaller DRX-1 C 25×30 cm detector for performing exams in the NICU.
X-Ray Visions has upgraded yet another older model x-ray room, this time for Maryland Orthopedics in Owings Mills. We replaced their Continental TM generator with a new Quantum high frequency 40 kW unit complete with a new x-ray tube and cables.
In an ever difficult healthcare market, X-Ray Visions continues to provide cost effective alternatives for full system replacements. Upgrades along with our very competitive Service Plans can extend the useful lives of existing equipment, reducing the strain on already tight budgets. To find out more about our affordable options contact our Customer Care Specialists at 1-866-328-9729.
X-Ray Visions would like to congratulate Bland County Medical Clinic on it’s recent PACS upgrade.
They chose eRAD PACS with their Fluency Direct M*Modal voice dictation system. With Radiologists located offsite, the web based system with voice recognition allows the facility to have their studies read and reported on quickly. For more information on eRAD PACS offerings click on the logo below.
June 12, 2014 By Lisa Chamoff, DOTmed contributing reporter
Most radiologic technologists know that it’s best to stand six feet away from the patient during an exam, but they may not be aware that a small amount of scatter is still created – in some cases, it’s enough to make the tech’s hand bones clearly visible.
Dennis Bowman, who works as radiographer at a hospital on California’s Central Coast and also lectures on best dose practices in radiography through his company, Digital Radiography Solutions, recently conducted an experiment to measure just how much scatter is created by an anteroposterior chest X-ray. The results were recently reposted on the website for the California Society of Radiologic Technologists.
“If you’re in the room, you’re getting radiated,” Bowman told DOTmed News. “It’s not very much, (but) most techs think that if you’re more than six feet away that it’s nothing.”
For the experiment, Bowman and his team set up a facsimile of a patient in a gurney using abdomen, thorax and head/neck phantoms. They then used a Fluke 150 cc diagnostic ionization chamber and dosimeter and measured the scatter at one foot from the patient out until the reading showed zero, and at 0, 45 and 90 degrees. For all of the experiments, they put either a plain CR cassette or a gridded CR cassette behind the fake patient’s thorax. Another experiment used a hand phantom, meant to be the hand of the radiographer, and a CR cassette.
The study found that even at 12 feet away, there was enough radiation scattering from the patient to penetrate the radiographer’s hand and show the bones. The ion chamber was far less sensitive than the 1200 speed CR cassette, so images of the hand could still be taken even though the dosimeter was reading zero. The badge monitors that radiographers wear are also incapable of picking up such minute radiation, Bowman said.
The daily radiation exposure for the average person is 320 mrem per year, according to data from the National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements, which Bowman worked out to be 844 microR a day. With that in mind, the average dose of 6.5 microR that a radiographer gets when standing 6 feet away from the patient at 90 degrees, or even the 33.6 microR that they get from standing in front of the patient, is insignificant, but Bowman said it can add up. When shooting five portable chest X-rays in a day, you could already double the dose you will naturally get in a given day, he said.
“I’ve probably done 50,000 portable chests in my career,” Bowman said. “It could be argued that that amount of X-ray is so small that it doesn’t matter, but that hasn’t been proven to be true.”
Bowman recommends that a radiographer, aside from always wearing a full lead apron with a thyroid shield, stand behind the tower of the portable machine when doing mobile X-rays, between 45 and 90 degrees from the patient.
Garrett County Memorial Hospital in Oakland, MD has upgraded to Konica Aero DR Systems in two of their general radiography suites. The first room was an upgrade added to an existing Del Medical x-ray system. The second room, pictured here was a new Del Medical installation from X-Ray Visions that included an OTC12 with EV800 table. All together there were three 3 Konica AeroDR panels (1-17×17, 2-14×17) installed. The systems were integrated with a CPI generator allowing for technique control from CS7 workstation pictured here. Here is Katie Burton, RT positioning the overhead in new Del room and the 17×17 Fixed Panel.
Congratulations to Garrett County Memorial Hospital on their new DR Systems!