September 2, 2008
Carestream Health Unveils New Wireless Digital X-Ray Technology That Can Reduce Patient Wait Times
A revolutionary new wireless digital imaging system from Carestream Health, Inc., promises to deliver higher productivity for hospital staffs and less time in the waiting room for patients. Carestream Health is one of the world's leading providers of medical imaging systems and healthcare IT solutions.
The CARESTREAM DRX-1 System, which is in the final stages of development, is expected to greatly reduce the time required to conduct general x-ray exams compared to traditional film/screen systems. A standard patient x-ray exam with multiple images can be captured in less than one minute. That's good news for not only patients, but also for healthcare providers. These providers are expected to be able to accommodate more patients per day without adding personnel or exam rooms.
This new digital radiography (DR) system is much less expensive than implementing other DR imaging systems since they require renovation of entire x-ray rooms. Healthcare providers will be able to purchase this system for about $125,000, which is up to 75 percent less than the cost of installing a new DR imaging system and retrofitting an x-ray room.
The DRX-1 features wireless communications between the imaging components and a console that processes and displays the images and forwards the study to an image and information management system for review, reporting and storage.
An affordable price and high productivity make this technology attractive for outpatient imaging centers, emergency rooms, hospital radiology departments, orthopedic clinics and other healthcare providers. The market is impressive: 93 percent of x-ray exam rooms worldwide do not yet have DR technology, which is the fastest digital imaging technology available for general x-ray exams. This system is expected to be available in many areas of the world in early 2009.
"This innovative digital imaging technology provides an extremely attractive option for facilities that want to improve patient satisfaction by reducing wait times," said Todd R. Minnigh, senior director of Carestream Health's digital radiography business. "Its enhanced productivity and low cost makes it an excellent business decision for healthcare providers that need to handle a growing number of patients with existing staff and equipment."
Carestream Health produces and markets a broad portfolio of digital imaging systems that equips hospitals, orthopaedic and specialty practices and a wide variety of other healthcare providers with efficient digital capture of x-ray imaging studies.
About Carestream Health, Inc.
Carestream Health, Inc., is a leading provider of dental and medical imaging systems and healthcare IT solutions; molecular imaging systems for the life science research and drug discovery/development market segments; and x-ray film and digital x-ray products for the non-destructive testing market. The company was formed in 2007 when Onex Corporation (TSX: OCX.TO) purchased Eastman Kodak Company's Health Group. For more information about Carestream Health, contact your Carestream Health representative or visit www.carestreamhealth.com.
CARESTREAM is a trademark of Carestream Health, Inc.