WVU Medicine Installs Carestream DR Rooms, Mobile Imaging Systems

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WVU Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia, installed five Carestream DRX-Evolution Plus Systems and 12 Carestream DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray Systems to provide high-quality diagnostic imaging at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital’s outpatient center and the health care system’s Fairmont Urgent Care Clinic.

The 645-bed academic medical center and its affiliated outpatient and urgent care clinics began converting to digital radiography several years ago to achieve excellent image quality, higher staff productivity and rapid image access for physicians.

“We installed three room-based imaging systems to deliver fully featured, high-quality imaging that delivers the fine diagnostic detail required by our orthopaedic, pediatric, trauma, podiatry and other specialists,” said Crystal Rosenberger, Radiology Manager for the hospital’s outpatient center. The outpatient center performs more than 400 exams a month.

Each room-based imaging system is equipped with three DRX detectors. The system’s wall stand and table have fixed detectors and a wireless tabletop detector is used for cross-table and orthopaedic exams. The system’s software automatically stitches images together for long-length studies.

“Having fixed detectors expedites complex exams while simultaneously reducing the risk of dropped detectors. We conduct a lot of spine, long-length and scoliosis exams and the productivity we gain is easily worth the investment in an additional detector for each system,” Rosenberger explains. “We also like the flexibility to use the imaging system in automated or manual mode as required for specialty exams.”

She adds that the detectors are well-built and have survived drops, been recalibrated and tested and then returned to service. The facility’s newly designed detectors are thinner and lighter and have an IPX 57 water-resistance rating that can enhance longevity.

The Fairmont Urgent Care Clinic uses two room-based imaging systems to perform a wide variety of exams including chest, cross-table, podiatry and extremity exams.

“These new DR rooms offer automated capabilities that can reduce the chance of injury to technologists. We can also use the system in manual mode when needed for specialty exams so we have the best of both worlds,” Rosenberger explains.

J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital deploys 12 mobile X-ray systems that capture thousands of diagnostic exams a month.

“Even after heavy use throughout our facility these portable imaging systems continue to deliver excellent image quality and reliability,” said Rosenberger.

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