QE Gateshead goes fully digital with Carestream

Digital radiology systems improve patient experience and provide higher-quality images

Jonathan Atkinson, key account manager for Carestream; Jill Robson, senior radiographer; Laura Shaw, modality lead in plain imaging, theatres and portables; Katie Kiely, radiographer; Nicola Oliver, radiographer; and David Hall, assistant practitioner at the trust

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust is using new radiology equipment from Carestream to uphold its reputation for providing the highest levels of patient care.

The trust is in the final stages of installing three CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution Plus digital X-ray rooms, two DRX-Revolution mobile digital X-ray systems, and a DRX Mobile retrofit kit.

Once this work is completed, its radiology department will reap the benefits of being fully digital both for its patients and staff.

So far, two of the new DRX-Evolution Plus rooms from Carestream have been installed in the trust’s main radiology department. One of the two new DRX-Revolution mobile systems is being used in critical care and the other for general wards. The DRX Mobile retrofit kit is being used in the special care baby unit.

All of the systems selected by QE Gateshead belong to Carestream’s DRX family of digital radiology systems.

The same wireless detector can work seamlessly across each item of equipment in the DRX family, providing flexibility and scalability as well as outstanding image quality.

The DRX-Evolution Plus X-ray rooms offer exam capabilities ranging from manual to fully automated, with a wide range of vertical and horizontal movement.

Recent developments include higher weight-capacity tables, enhanced paediatric capabilities and an extended tube-column range.

The easy-to-manoeuvre DRX-Revolution mobile systems can be used to capture fast, high-quality images wherever these are needed, and the mobile retrofit kit enables existing equipment to be converted to DR quickly and cost effectively.

Elaine Dickson, radiology services lead at the trust, said: “This equipment was chosen because it met the current needs of the department and because of the excellent image quality possible.

“Staff have found the new technology very easy to switch to, and this has been supported by our having the same technology in multiple rooms and as mobile units.

“The new equipment is also ergonomically superior to previous equipment we used, which was another significant reason for choosing it.

“The trust is now able to offer a more-timely service to patients and has been able to achieve local KPIs consistently by reducing waiting times.”

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