Monday, April 6, 2015

Digital X-ray System Enhancing Radiology Productivity

Digital Navigator all in one 4-Ways Veterinary Digital X-ray System
Enhancing Radiology Productivity

When your Veterinary Hospital or Clinic begins planning its new digital radiology equipment purchase it makes good sense to evaluate the latest in mobile / portable x-ray all in one solutions for your center’s imaging department. Joe Hecker who is President of Diagnostic Imaging Systems (DIS) and product development director for the department of imaging services, explains that the changes in Radiology equipment usage and economics inspired by feedback from technologists, Veterinarians and radiologists has lead to the development of the most advanced, versatile and cost effective all in one digital radiology system available.

“The reasons we got into product development was based on Doctor’s concerns and complaints about the current digital imaging equipment’s non-mobility, lack of user friendly features and subsequent compromising quality,” says Mr. Hecker. “And from the technologists’ stand point; there had also been issues with lack of functionality.” To enhance the productivity for both the Veterinarian and the technologists, Mr. Hecker and his team of experts set out to develop the first totally new fully self contained mobile / portable digital radiology system that would address their concerns. He explains that past experience with their stationery digital DR systems had been very positive, but lacked the mobility / portability and ease of use necessary to make them truly versatile solution to the needs of the entire Veterinary facility. This lack of Versatility which led to the subsequent compromising image quality of the present digital system inspired the team to seek the functionality and versatility that the company’s Versa-View x-ray System offered but now offer it with digital capability.

First productivity-enhancement: Any room flexible operation.
A mobile / portable DR digital table system which offers detachable x-ray unit and removable DR panel was essential because most veterinary facilities contain more than just a radiology room, most facilities also contain an emergency room, surgical center with operating room and a recovery room, all of which would share the Versa-View Digital Navigator x-ray System. “Being able to share the Digital Navigator between and within these rooms while seeing the image results by the patient’s side enhances clinical efficiency while providing faster better patient care,” says Mr. Hecker. “With the maneuverability, the compact size, the speed of processing, and the image quality the new redesigned Digital Navigator would prove to be a perfect fit in any clinical environment, small or large animal”.

Second productivity-enhancement: In Field Small and Large animal productivity.
During development of this new system Mr. Hecker realized an opportunity to support the small animal imaging plus the large animal in facility mobility needs plus the field x-ray capability without compromising quality. Mr. Hecker explains that with their new Digital navigator systems sharing capability the veterinarian would no longer have to purchase an additional x-ray system nor the additional Digital image capture device. Equine doctors have indicated how they needed to go to a Digital Navigator system because of its fast and high quality images plus it was the ideal single solution for both in office and field usage and would fit in perfectly.

Third productivity-enhancement: Ultra powerful, Ultra light high capacity x-ray unit.
When you’re dealing with a large breed Canine abdomen or Equine shoulder, it’s important to have the ability to properly penetrate thick body parts in the shortest exposure time possible. “One of the reasons our Digital Navigator systems outperform all the others is because this system has the Ultra powerful 12040Hf high capacity x-ray unit’s 120kVp power setting, producing sharper detailed images with less exposure time than the competitors’ units and is Ultra light weight for easy handling”, Mr. Hecker notes.

Fourth productivity-enhancement: All in one improved workflow and productivity.
Soon, the development team found a Fourth productivity-enhancing use for the Digital Navigator’s Mobile System: With its patient side image viewing while in office and field, the DR Digital Navigator also aided with improving technologist workflow and Veterinarian productivity.  A special hospital project aimed at reducing the time in the main emergency room for report turnaround on possible fractures and foreign bodies, they again selected the 4 way all in one Digital Navigator with integral high capacity x-ray unit, computer imaging display and mobile imaging table combination. Mr. Hecker explains that the decision was driven by lengthy procedure time required by the facilities regular x-ray system. “You had to take the x-ray, process it, look at it, send it to the PACS, then pull up the PACS in the OR room,” he recalls. “We realized the only way we could get any faster was to get away from the old system and integrate all the components.”

“Today”, Mr. Hecker stated, “now images are processed right on the Digital Navigator system; the Veterinarian sees the image in the preferred x-ray examination area, and can rapidly make a determination about whether a fracture has occurred or foreign object is present.” With the planned addition of wireless internet capability, Mr. Hecker anticipates even greater increases in productivity. “The Veterinarian, technologists and referring physicians will be quite happy with the new digital Navigator’s all in one 4 way productivity performance” he concludes.