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  • Upgrading Your Portable X-ray Fleet? :: Medray, Dublin, Ireland
    to be Implemented in 2014 Right for Today Ready for Tomorrow Two Singapore Healthcare Groups Purchase Tracking Effects of X ray Radiation in C Baylor University Medical Center Purchas RSNA 2013 Understanding the Importance Med News October 2013 Medray Invest In N I Market Image Gently Upgrading Your Portable X ray Fleet Date written 25 03 2014 Juanita Reader RT R Manager of Diagnostic Radiology In Patient and Informatics OSF Saint Francis Medical Centre The radiology department of our 616 bed hospital conducts 125 000 imaging procedures a year We have an extensive investment in portable and room based imaging systems so finding an affordable way to upgrade to DR was a challenge We are still in the process of conversion but we have found that combining new portable systems with retrofitted portable units has enabled us to deliver higher image quality and faster image access while lowering dose Initially we were sceptical Would the image quality of the retrofitted units be acceptable To find out we conducted a week of on site patient imaging with the DRX Revolution Mobile X ray System and an existing mobile imaging system updated with a CARESTREAM DRX Mobile Retrofit Kit that includes wireless communication capabilities and a high resolution detector When our radiologists reviewed images from both trials they reported excellent image quality and consistency across both types of systems We purchased one DRX Revolution for general use in the ED and bedside portable exams throughout the hospital and two retrofit kits one is dedicated to the OR which has 22 suites and the other retrofitted system performs bedside exams Use of the Carestream DRX 1C detectors on all three systems has reduced patient dose by 20 30 percent for many exams and up to 50 percent for some exams Our OR surgeons are extremely pleased with the performance of their retrofitted portable system It not only delivers access to high quality images immediately but it also offers advanced features offered by Carestream s specialised imaging software including enhanced visualisation of tube and line placements The high resolution images produced by these systems are also important for hardware placements and deliver the detailed imaging required during orthopaedic and spinal surgeries Another important feature is that DRX detectors can be moved from one imaging system to another So if one of our portable systems goes down we can move the detector to another unit and continue imaging patients If your radiology department is evaluating upgrading its portable systems combining new wireless DR portables with wireless DR retrofits for existing systems is an excellent solution that helps enhance patient care while meeting budget requirements Home Digital Radiology Radiology Supplies Veterinary Dental Uniforms NDT Dosimetry Consumables Clearance Lines Support Medray Imaging Systems Unit B5 Clonlara Avenue Baldonnell Business Park Dublin 22 Ireland Phone 353 0 1 466 3773 Fax 353 0 1 466 3800 Medray UK Ltd Forsyth House Cromac Square Belfast BT2 8LA United Kingdom Phone 44 2890 511 236 Fax 44 2890 218 001

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  • Benefits of Carestream's DRX Family :: Medray, Dublin, Ireland
    Ray System and two CARESTREAM DRX Mobile Retrofit Kits to help provide rapid access to high resolution X ray images conducted throughout the hospital All three systems are equipped with high resolution CARESTREAM DRX 1C cesium iodide detectors The 616 bed hospital is a major teaching affiliate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and is a flagship hospital for OSF Healthcare In its conversion to digital radiography the radiology department wanted to find systems that offered industry leading functionality and strong reliability according to Juanita Reader RT R the hospital s Manager of Diagnostic Radiology In Patient and Informatics The hospital s radiology team conducted a week of on site patient imaging for both the DRX Revolution and an existing mobile imaging system retrofitted with a Carestream DRX 1 system that includes wireless communication capabilities and a high resolution detector We are extremely pleased with the advanced features exceptional image quality and ease of use offered by these systems said Reader The new imaging systems are used in the ER OR and for bedside inpatient exams We have reduced our fleet of portable imaging systems by one third Carestream s DRX detectors can also be moved to another mobile imaging system So if one of our existing portable systems goes down we can move the detector to another unit she explained The staff conducts 3 700 portable exams a month 1 600 exams are for paediatric ICU patients and are handled by dedicated portable systems Our three Carestream detectors capture 85 percent of our remaining 2 100 monthly portable exams Use of the Carestream systems has reduced patient dose by 20 30 percent for many exams and up to 50 percent for some exams she explained Reader added that the hospital s technologists are extremely impressed with the image quality maneuverability small footprint and visibility offered by the DRX Revolution The retrofitted systems do not have the innovative features of the DRX Revolution but they are able to deliver comparable image quality as well as improved visualization of tube and line placements and enhanced image quality for paediatric exams through use of Carestream s specialized imaging software CARESTREAM DRX Mobile Retrofit Kits allow hospitals to upgrade existing CR based portable units with wireless DR detectors that can deliver higher quality lower dose and improved productivity The CARESTREAM DRX Revolution Mobile X ray System is a versatile mobile X ray system that features a small footprint exceptional maneuverability excellent image quality and wireless communication of medical exams About OSF Saint Francis Medical Center OSF Saint Francis Medical Center with 616 beds and more than 900 physicians is the fourth largest medical center in Illinois A major teaching affiliate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria it is the area s only Level I Trauma Center the highest level designated in trauma care It serves as the resource hospital for emergency medical services for north central Illinois It is home to Children s Hospital of

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  • Equipment Solutions for Medical Imaging Budgets :: Medray, Dublin, Ireland
    Budgets Date written 18 03 2014 The dynamics of the European economy are quite diverse and even more so when looking into the healthcare systems across the nations Back in November Frost Sullivan released a report commenting on how Europe was about to experience a large increase in the use of refurbished medical equipment due to limited hospital budgets across the continent particularly in Southern Europe For perspective on how much growth we will see in this area Frost Sulllivan found that the market earned revenue of 417 6 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach 582 3 million in 2019 The major goal behind this trend being that hospitals and health systems need to save money on their technologies but still need to perform a high volume of procedures at a high level of quality While the growth appears to be inevitable Frost Sullivan said that there are challenges present The market however presents its challenges For instance reimbursement laws across some European regions such as France compel reimbursement to be cut by half if the equipment is older than five years This forces some hospitals to purchase new equipment Moreover regulations in certain countries such as Romania and Bulgaria restrict hospitals from purchasing old equipment using state funded loans Because almost all public hospitals are covered by the state they opt for new systems over refurbished models Frost Sullivan 12 November 2013 The health systems that cannot purchase refurbished equipment have other options to handle the increased demand for volume and quality of procedures Many are looking at the ability to streamline processes by upgrading pieces of their imaging systems instead of purchasing entirely brand new ones The ability to move from analog to computed radiography CR or from CR to digital radiography DR has become easier and more affordable This has allowed for radiology departments to improve their imaging processes and also not spend a large portion of their budgets all at once At Carestream the phrase Right for Today Ready for Tomorrow is a mantra when it comes to X ray solutions Not only does it keep the focus on providing customers with the technologies needed to handle high volumes and provide top notch image quality but it also prepares them for any future upgrades needed without having to overhaul entire systems For example a health system is working with CR equipment and is looking to make the move to DR but can t afford a brand new system Instead of buying a complete DR system the radiology department can purchase DR retrofit kits that are meant to convert CR systems to digital with the simple conversion to new software and wireless DR detectors It is a quick easy and affordable for the facilities that are constrained by budgets but must still provide the top level of quality and care to patients This video provides additional background about making the switch to DR Home Digital Radiology Radiology Supplies Veterinary Dental Uniforms NDT Dosimetry Consumables Clearance

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  • Preparation & Support is Key to Safe Imaging with Paediatric Patients :: Medray, Dublin, Ireland
    can provide them the best experience possible We believe that it is important to provide our patients and their family information about the radiology procedure in a manner that they can understand In order to do this child life specialists first assess a child s developmental level as well as his or her current mood and anxiety level Once this assessment is made child life specialists use appropriate pictures videos medical dolls sample medical equipment and or models to help prepare the patient for what he or she will see hear feel and experience during the radiology examination Paediatric imaging always requires the utmost care and preparation to ensure the image is properly captured and the patient remains comfortable The education process can begin either before the examination is scheduled or after a patient has arrived For example children who are scheduled to have a MRI at Cincinnati Children s can come to the Radiology Department beforehand to tour and practice the scan They can see the MRI room lay in the scanner and hear the sounds the MRI scanner makes All of this preparation helps to answer questions build the patient s confidence and ultimately leads to the successful completion of the MRI We have found that when children are appropriately prepared for an examination they are able to more successfully cope with the experience While it is important to produce high quality images in order to accurately diagnose disorders we believe that it is just as important to perform the examination in a way that is supportive of the patient and family These two goals can only occur when members of the radiology department work together as a team We use these principles every day to make the imaging experience as stress free as possible for children and their parents When playtime leads to a lesson a case study An example that illustrates this point occurred recently in fluoroscopy A 4 year old boy arrived in our department for an upper GI examination After assessing the boy the child life specialist discovered that the large and confining space of the fluoroscopy camera was scary for him In order to help calm the boy s fears the child life specialist played with him using the camera to play hide and seek This helped the child to become more familiar with the equipment and feel less overwhelmed The child life specialist then spoke with the technologist and radiologist discussing the patients fears and offering suggestions such as slowly moving the tower and keeping it a little higher than normal to lessen his stress and anxiety During the study the child life specialist engaged the patient in play and directed that play in specific ways to help the patient achieve the necessary positioning and cooperation for the imaging This attention to the boy s fears helped him to easily get through the examination This kind of supportive experience has a lasting effect on our patients and allows them to gain confidence

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  • British Veterinary Association (BVA) use Visbion software to go digital with their hip and elbow dys :: Medray, Dublin, Ireland
    Can Bone Suppression Improve Chest R New Bone Suppression Software Upgrading Your Portable X ray Fleet Benefits of Carestream s DRX Family Equipment Solutions for Medical Imaging Preparation Support is Key to Safe British Veterinary Association BVA use DRX Systems Applauded by Leading H C Pr 5 Ideas to be Implemented in 2014 Right for Today Ready for Tomorrow Two Singapore Healthcare Groups Purchase Tracking Effects of X ray Radiation in C Baylor University Medical Center Purchas RSNA 2013 Understanding the Importance Med News October 2013 Medray Invest In N I Market Image Gently British Veterinary Association BVA use Visbion software to go digital Date written 03 03 2014 British Veterinary Association BVA use Visbion software to go digital with their hip and elbow dysplasia schemes Hip and elbow dysplasia in dogs is monitored through radiographic assessment carried out through the British Veterinary Association BVA Kennel Club KC Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes Submissions are received from all over the UK and from many other countries worldwide and were formerly sent in for evaluation to the scrutineers as conventional radiographic films Once the printed films were received at an acceptable image size scrutineers manually scored the joints using a lightbox and Müller Ischiometer an orthopaedic device used for measuring the Norberg angle of joints This process took up to several minutes per exam and with over 300 radiographs to get through each session it was clear that change was needed to bring the process into the 21 st century Visbion were approached by BVA looking for a digital solution After trials it became apparent that Visbion s turnaround time for scoring exams came in 60 less than the manual process and significantly lower than any other vendor could offer This made it a very simple decision for BVA with the support of the Scrutineers to choose Visbion The new system enables vets to send in radiographs on CD and 75 of submissions are now received digitally Ruth Dennis Chief Scrutineer is pleased with the Visbion system commenting The transition to assessment of digital images using the Visbion system has speeded up the scoring and grading processes and is easier for the scrutineers It also has significant advantages for our on going QC exercises and for discussing images at the annual Panel meeting A full case study will be available soon Home Digital Radiology Radiology Supplies Veterinary Dental Uniforms NDT Dosimetry Consumables Clearance Lines Support Medray Imaging Systems Unit B5 Clonlara Avenue Baldonnell Business Park Dublin 22 Ireland Phone 353 0 1 466 3773 Fax 353 0 1 466 3800 Medray UK Ltd Forsyth House Cromac Square Belfast BT2 8LA United Kingdom Phone 44 2890 511 236 Fax 44 2890 218 001 All Rights Reserved 2016 medray ie Terms and Conditions Privacy Statement Disclaimer Cookie Policy Opening Times Monday Friday 09 00 17 00 Out of hours support For comprehensive service contract holders 087 8475186 Web Development by KL Studios Ireland United Kingdom Digital Radiology DR CR Analogue Room Calscan C

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  • DRX Systems Applauded by Leading H.C. Professionals :: Medray, Dublin, Ireland
    2014 Right for Today Ready for Tomorrow Two Singapore Healthcare Groups Purchase Tracking Effects of X ray Radiation in C Baylor University Medical Center Purchas RSNA 2013 Understanding the Importance Med News October 2013 Medray Invest In N I Market Image Gently DRX Systems Applauded by Leading H C Professionals Date written 24 01 2014 Healthcare Providers Cite Medray s Business Partner Carestream s DRX Systems High Performance Excellent Reliability According to MD Buyline Report Customers Also Like Flexibility in Converting to DR by Installing DRX Detectors into Existing Room or Portable Systems As Their Budgets Allow Leading healthcare professionals again applauded Carestream sDRX Systems for offering excellent performance that exceeded expectations along with strong reliability in MD Buyline s Market Intelligence Briefing for the Fourth Quarter of 2013 Carestream s wireless DRX detectors are the core products that live in portable fixed and standalone X ray units in a retrofit capacity or integrated with new systems according to the report and many facilities upgrade existing equipment with DRX detectors one by one as their budgets allow Users value the continuity of the previous generation CR systems user interface incorporated into the current digital X ray system platform They also stated the DRX 1C detector offers excellent image quality and the potential to lower patient dose Carestream was the highest ranked company for both service response time and service repair quality Healthcare providers also gave Carestream high marks for installation and applications training Our expanding family of DRX based diagnostic imaging systems continues to exceed the patient care requirements of medical imaging services providers and the independent evaluations from MD Buyline are further proof of that said Doug Spotts General Manager U S Canada Medical Sales Carestream Health Equally important is the fact that this customer feedback also validates our expertise in critical areas such as installation service and total customer support The MD Buyline report includes user ratings in the following categories system performance reliability installation implementation applications training service response times and service repair quality MD Buyline of Dallas Texas ensures that hospitals and health systems optimize the clinical and financial impact of their medical technology decisions Leveraging the industry s deepest expertise most advanced analytics and custom research MD Buyline provides more than 3 300 members with the insight and implementation support they need to ensure success Carestream s wirelessDRX family of DR imaging systems allows a single wireless detector to work across all DRX equipment to convert expand or replace existing imaging solutions The full line of digital X ray systems combines compatible scalable components to meet healthcare providers current needs while providing the flexibility to adapt to future imaging requirements Home Digital Radiology Radiology Supplies Veterinary Dental Uniforms NDT Dosimetry Consumables Clearance Lines Support Medray Imaging Systems Unit B5 Clonlara Avenue Baldonnell Business Park Dublin 22 Ireland Phone 353 0 1 466 3773 Fax 353 0 1 466 3800 Medray UK Ltd Forsyth House Cromac Square Belfast BT2 8LA United Kingdom Phone 44 2890 511

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  • Five Ideas the Medical Imaging World Will Be Implementing in 2014 :: Medray, Dublin, Ireland
    the department became better organized and have implemented new processes and protocols that have improved efficiency it has become easier to sustain quality time and better communicate metrics to members across the team If radiologists want a more prominent role within their organizations then forming and joining multidisciplinary teams is a must 2 Tomosynthesis This was a popular topic at RSNA 2013 There was a great deal of research presented that demonstrated the benefits of Tomosynthesis and how it can improve diagnoses Carestream conducted a study in collaboration with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine that showed the feasibility of a stationary chest Tomosynthesis system and how it had the ability to improve image quality and enhance detection of small lung nodules and other chest pathology Additional research presented at RSNA 2013 showed that the degree of visibility vastly improved using Tomosynthesis a higher percentage of the cancers were more definitively characterized as masses compared to asymmetries when using Tomosynthesis for diagnosis and when compared to conventional radiology Tomosynthesis allowed for increased cancer detectability upon screening This was because of its improved visibility and the precise morphology of cancers allow for a better lesion diagnostics in initial imaging It s being proven over and over how beneficial 3D imaging can be and look for more healthcare facilities to put this technology in place in 2014 3 Reporting Data The idea about providing better reporting and data collection for radiologists is that it leads to better decision making and improves the patient s understanding of their images The implementation of better reporting tools would influence much of the decision making being done by radiology departments today Data is becoming more and more valuable and when it is brought into the decision making process it results in clearer more appropriate actions being made that benefit the patient department and healthcare organization as a whole Reporting software has the ability to reduce errors improve productivity with automatic inclusion of data from modalities embed clinically rich insight such as key images and multi media content quantitative analysis or lesion management graphs into the final report With these capabilities the radiologist has access to a wealth of vital information that can be used for improved diagnoses Article courtesy of The Wall Street Journal http on wsj com 1gAT5oy 4 Image Storage Access According to Frost Sullivan the amount of storage volume needed to house medical images has more than tripled since 2005 and it is projected to double in the next five years A statistic like this is quite daunting Data is everywhere It is being created and consumed at exponential rates and it is the job of healthcare facilities to properly store the images and simultaneously ensure that they are accessible for the appropriate people Security of these images is a necessity because of HIPPA regulations The ease of access is becoming even more of a necessity as not only medical professionals need these images and data but more often patients are

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  • Right for Today, Ready for Tomorrow :: Medray, Dublin, Ireland
    I Market Image Gently Right for Today Ready for Tomorrow Date written 09 12 2013 As much as we sometimes wish it would unfortunately nothing lasts forever Don t forget to include medical imaging and health IT equipment in that saying too Technology moves fast Radiology departments need to be aware of the solutions that are most appropriate for their facilities both in terms of providing the best care for their patients and for their wallets X ray system and health IT solutions are no small purchases and radiologists and radiographers alike need to be assured that the purchase is worth the investment Our Business Partners at Carestream have the saying that our medical imaging solutions are Right for today Ready for tomorrow We do not want radiology departments to buy a piece of equipment and then need to purchase a new one before its end of life The facility and vendor should be working together to find the right fit so that the X ray and IT purchases are future proofed The mission should be to provide facilities with a bridge that appropriately provides the radiology department with the right technology at an affordable price and also having them prepared for technological needs they will experience down the road This means that the technologies that acquire and store images will be accessible and relevant in the future and that the inevitability of changing needs and advancing technologies does not make current investments obsolete When implementing modular systems users can expect to experience three main benefits Cost control Because of modular capabilities funds are only spent on the technologies needed instead of additional costs spent on hardware or software that is not needed but cannot be dissociated from the original technology Agility Efficiency flexibility both of these also work as appropriate descriptors of modular solutions One main purpose behind purchasing modular solutions is that they have the ability to be switched around and used with a variety of systems no matter the vendor For example our DRX 1 wireless digital detectors do not have to be used on only a Carestream DR system Sure we d prefer it that way but for the sake of agility the DRX 1 detectors work with the X ray systems of other vendors This agile capability means that you can purchase the detectors necessary without having to buy a new X ray system Improved patient care While the cost control and agility ultimately helps the healthcare facility the improved customer care experienced through modular solutions is noticeable and vital With the improved efficiency created thanks to modular systems healthcare providers are able to capture collect analyze and access information much faster without compromising the quality of care Thanks to the ease of implementation healthcare providers can effectively install new technologies without breaking the bank Certainly a win win situation for the providers and the patients Home Digital Radiology Radiology Supplies Veterinary Dental Uniforms NDT Dosimetry Consumables Clearance Lines Support Medray Imaging Systems Unit B5

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