First in Area with New Technology That Cuts Radiation Exposure 30-50%
Peoria, Illinois (April 20, 2015)—Midwest Orthopaedic Center is the first in Central Illinois to offer digital radiography—a “smart” digital X-ray system that significantly reduces the X-ray exposure patients receive during an exam, while producing better images for improved diagnosis. The Samsung XGEO GC80, now available at Midwest Orthopaedic Center, represents a major leap forward in X-ray technology. This wireless robotic system on average lowers the radiation dose to patients by 30 to 50 percent while providing a superior digital image.
“X-ray is an important tool in helping orthopaedic specialists diagnose and treat broken bones and other injuries,” explains Milt Getz, Director of Clinical Operations at Midwest Orthopaedic Center. “But depending on the number of X-rays and other imaging tests an individual has in their lifetime, it can lead to unhealthy amounts of radiation exposure in some patients. With this new system, we can offer patients a safer X-ray experience.”
Because digital radiography uses direct capture images instead of traditional X-ray film, the images can be viewed immediately, while eliminating costly film preparation. This means that physicians can see the images within minutes of the patient getting the X-ray, reducing patient wait times.
Other benefits of the new Samsung digital radiography system include:
- Patient safety. In addition to lowering the radiation dose to patients, the GC80’s robotic arm has a collision sensor that recognizes when an object or person may be near and stops it automatically.
- Patient comfort. The X-ray table is designed to move with flexibility in six directions, which makes it easier and more comfortable to position patients for scanning who have injuries or mobility issues.
- Exceptional quality images. Digital technology offers the ability to enhance contrast and sharpness for the highest quality images, which helps clinicians make the proper diagnosis and develop the best treatment plan.
- Increased efficiency. Image processing time is 10 times faster than traditional X-ray, decreasing wait times for patients.
“Traditional X-ray film typically took three to four minutes to process,” says Getz. “But the new digital images are available within three to five seconds on average.”
Other advantages include “smart stitching,” a sophisticated process by which the equipment automatically combines multiple images into one seamless image. For example, a scoliosis patient may need scans at regular intervals over a period of time to monitor changes. In the past, the technologist had to manually stitch the images together. But the new digital equipment can do the stitching more accurately, for enhanced treatment.
“The Samsung DR unit has provided exceptional ability to stitch images and provide quality scoliosis X-rays,” says Daniel Mulconrey, MD. “This has been a significant improvement over previous attempts with other companies.”
Adds Patrick O’Leary, MD, “I have noticed a big improvement in the quality of films. With our previous vendor, I experienced issues with images not stitched correctly. With our new Samsung DR unit, we are also able to decrease the amount of radiation exposure to our patients. I saw a patient yesterday for scoliosis films and there is absolutely no comparison.”