Spire Elland upgrades to Carestream DRX

Mobile X-ray unit enables improved management of patient flow

Spire Elland Hospital has installed a CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution DR Room and a CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray unit.

The 41-bed Spire Elland Hospital has provided comprehensive private hospital services to patients from Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Todmorden and surrounding areas in Yorkshire for 27 years. It has two operating theatres and a two-bedded high-dependency unit and radiology services include X-ray, mammography, MRI and CT.

Radiology manager, Carol Johnson, said: “Our previous X-ray room used CR, but it was quite old and due for replacement. We decided to upgrade to a DR system and wanted equipment that was user friendly, particularly suited to the high volume of orthopaedic cases we do, offering rise and fall, floating top table, auto positioning etc, and was competitively priced. Switching to Carestream DR has allowed us to manage patient flow through the department more efficiently and, being fully automatic, it has reduced moving and handling issues for staff.”

She added: “Our clinicians now don’t have to wait as long for images to process and patients aren’t moved from room to room while waiting for images to be checked. The rise/fall table has also been a godsend as regards patient accessibility and positioning.”

The new installation also includes a CARESTREAM DRX Revolution mobile X-ray unit, which shares detector plates with the main room.

Johnson said: “We had an aging, but well-loved mobile which was due for replacement, so we took advantage of being able to replace this at the same time as the X-ray room. Having equipment from the same manufacturer for the DR room and the DR mobile, with the same user platforms, has meant that staff training and use of the equipment have been simplified and we are able to use the same detector plates across both the room and the mobile.

“We use the Carestream Revolution mobile for imaging ward patients who are unable to be moved to the department, and occasionally in theatres. The mobile is proving to be very easy to drive and manoeuvre and we hope to use it increasingly in the department as an extra piece of equipment on busy clinic days. The images are great and the clinicians on the wards and in theatres have been very impressed that they are able to view their patient’s images immediately.”