Sidcup radiographers look forward to reduced MSK injuries thanks to DR automation

Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup has used Fujifilm CR equipment for many years, so when the imaging department needed two new DR rooms Fujifilm was among the suppliers considered. Following an evaluation of four suppliers, Fujifilm’s FDR Visionary Suite was the final choice.

“Two of the four general x-ray rooms have been replaced,” explained radiology operational lead Bradley Smith. “We are very excited about our new FDR Visionary Suite rooms, not least because they embrace all the new technology and automation that will reduce MSK injuries to staff. The images are acquired much faster than with conventional CR, and the new rooms use considerably less radiation dose for patients.”

The Visionary Suite combines advanced processing with sensitive D-Evo II detectors to deliver low dose. “Our patients not only benefit from reduced dose, but also from the fact that our radiographers now have more time to spend with them, ensuring quality time for assessment prior to undertaking examinations. Overall, the faster processing time has made a significant and positive impact on the patient experience,” Smith said.

The Visionary Suite offers long view image stitching. This allows full length images of the spine or lower limb to be acquired by using multiple images captured in one sweep then stitched together. Images are auto-corrected to adjust for patient movement, and the examinations can be performed with the patient in an upright or recumbent position.

Picture: Fujifilm senior account manager Iain Sims and business development associate Alex Morris with women’s, children’s and radiology division director of operations Felicity Canning, radiology operational lead Bradley Smith, reporting radiographer Claire Selby, RIS/PACS manager Beatrix Summerfield, senior radiographer Amy Shaw and radiology operational lead Nicholas Key.

Published on page 12 of the March 2020 issue of RAD Magazine.

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