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New equipment enhances speed and accuracy of diagnosis

New equipment enhances speed and accuracy of diagnosis

The process of using X-rays to view images of internal bone and tissue has improved greatly since the early days of modern medicine. Initially, film was developed by and in a darkroom, using dangerous chemicals and eating up valuable diagnostic time. Next came analog radiology, followed by vastly improved computerized equipment.

Now, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati is able to offer its young patients the most sophisticated radiology technology available with its new Carestream DRX-Revolution digital X-ray system.

More than meets the eye

At first glance, one might underestimate the capability of this new equipment. Slightly larger than a grocery cart, the body is decorated with colorful, child-friendly cartoon decals of marine life. But this is no toy – the DRX-Revolution is a state of-the-art machine, customized for pediatric use, which allows health care professionals to immediately see detailed images, helping them to provide more accurate diagnoses.

“It removes a step in processing and produces remarkable quality,” said Lois Cone, R.T.(R.), imaging services manager for the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital, “with significantly less radiation exposure than more traditional machines – a very important factor.”

Machine on the move

The unit is also portable and self-propelled. It can be pushed with one hand, and a collapsible column allows users to maneuver the machine even in crowded conditions.

Images from the unit can be used to monitor changes in patient conditions, evaluate disease and confirm proper placement for tubes and lines placed internally. “We were able to use it in the operating room recently to make a rapid determination that might have otherwise resulted in additional surgery,” said Cindy Murphy, R.T.(R.), staff radiographer.

Obtaining the new technology was made possible by a generous $129,000 donation from the Daughters of the Nile Foundation President Vickie Hill earlier this year.