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UK Hospital trust invests in digital radiology system

By 22nd October 2013No Comments

The Radiology Department at Freeman Hospital — one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in the UK and part of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the north east of England — has recently installed a third CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution room to replace an ageing CR room. The Radiology Directorate within Newcastle carries out more than 440,000 examinations a year. Graeme Hughes, the Senior Superintendent Radiographer/ Manager for Radiology on the Freeman Hospital site explained why they had made a further investment in Carestream’s configurable, modular DRX solution. “We already have two Carestream DRX-Evolution rooms capable of full leg/full spine imaging and two Carestream DRX1 retrofit devices, including the mobile solution, in order to reap the productivity benefits which DR provides. Our staff have always found the Evolution DR interface extremely intuitive and easy to use. The auto position functionality is also of real benefit as it minimises moving and handling requirements for staff.” Graeme anticipates further benefits to both clinicians and patients from the new DR system. “The Carestream DRX-Evolution room replaces an existing CR supported. X-ray facility, so clearly an increase in productivity and patient turnaround times to clinics and wards will result,’ he said. “We also opted for the cesium iodide DR detectors to help reduce patient dose. The addition of this latest Evolution room means that the main X-ray department at Freeman is now fully DR enabled.”