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Hospital becomes fully digitalMonday 19 December 2016

New state-of-the-art digital x-ray equipment has been introduced at Springfield Hospital enabling patients and consultants to benefit from a new generation of imaging.  The technology replaces existing equipment to upgrade the hospital’s onsite x-ray room from a general x-ray room to one with the latest digital technology and a new digital unit for OPG (orthopantomogram) dental scans of the mouth and teeth.

The Evolution Plus DRX equipment made by Carestream is the top of their range to provide very high quality digital images using minimal radiation doses.  As well as being better for patients, the new equipment is ceiling-mounted to create an uncluttered scanning room and automated to mechanically move and position itself for the various x-rays performed such as a foot x-ray or shoulder.  This not only reduces the manual handling requirements for staff but also significantly speeds up the x-ray examination.

Further time-savings are gained on the image acquisition side where images taken are instantly available for viewing, whereas on the old system each image took about one minute to appear for viewing and checking.

The new x-ray equipment follows the installation of a new CT scanner in the summer.  As Phil Thompson, Radiology Manager at Springfield Hospital, explains:  “These two items of equipment, along with an upgrade to convert our portable x-ray machine to digital, mean we now have a fully and directly digital department.  Along with the scanner this investment marks a very exciting phase for diagnostic imaging at Springfield and for the hospital in general.”

The investment in diagnostic imaging is part of a wider hospital redevelopment and expansion programme which includes a dedicated oncology centre, sixth operating theatre, new 13-bed day case unit, additional outpatient consulting and minor treatment rooms, and more car parking.  Springfield Hospital welcomes both insured patients and those choosing to pay for their own treatment for consultations, investigations and treatment in most specialties including orthopaedics, general surgery, cosmetics, women’s health, men’s health and ophthalmics.

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