Agfa HealthCare announced today that Monongalia General Hospital has selected the company's DX-D Retrofit with dual cesium wireless detectors to convert an existing analog X-ray room into a fully digital system.
The DX-D Retrofit is designed to increase efficiency within the radiology department by providing instant image review and eliminating the need for computed radiography (CR) or medical screen film cassettes. With the DX-D Retrofit, X-ray images taken within the digital room are immediately available for review and can easily be transferred and stored to the patient's EHR.
Monongalia General Hospital, the cornerstone of Monongalia Health System, is a 189 bed, acute care community hospital serving North Central West Virginia and the surrounding region. The hospital offers a full range of services, including General Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Imaging, and is home to the Hazel Ruby McQuain Birth Center and the Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center. Monongalia General Hospital is consistently rated in the top 10 percentile in the country in patient satisfaction.
Significant benefits for patients
"Our long term relationship with Agfa HealthCare made the DX-D Retrofit a natural technology choice when we decided to upgrade one of our X-ray rooms to a digital format," commented Brenda DeBastiani, Director of Imaging Services, Monongalia General Hospital Radiology Department. "We have been very pleased with Agfa HealthCare's CR technology in our radiology department for more than 10 years and believe it will be a seamless transition for our technologists. Although it typically only takes a few minutes to develop an X-ray cassette, that time becomes substantial when it is multiplied by numerous
X-rays we conduct daily, weekly and monthly in our facility. The automatic digital downloading of images in combination with the faster exam is expected to save our staff significant time, which will translate into cost savings at the hospital. In addition, the reduction in radiation dose that the DX-D Retrofit enables is a significant benefit to our patients."
Agfa HealthCare's DX-D Retrofit is a vendor-neutral DR upgrade solution that provides healthcare facilities a cost-effective transition to the benefits of DR and direct digital image capture without replacing their existing X-ray equipment. Featuring the same clinical benefits as the rest of Agfa HealthCare's DR portfolio, the DX-D Retrofit features industry-leading image quality through its MUSICA image processing software and efficient workflow thanks to the user-friendly NX workstation.
"Monongalia General Hospital's adoption of our DX-D Retrofit is a testament to the quality of our DR technology and the value that it offers within a radiology department and throughout the broader healthcare setting," said George Curley, Senior Marketing Manager, Agfa HealthCare North America. "The benefits of upgrading to a digital X-ray room, include almost immediate image access, faster exam times and the potential to reduce dose with Cesium Iodide (CsI) based detectors. DR has been shown to improve workflow within the hospital while also providing a quality patient experience. At Agfa HealthCare we're dedicated to developing products that make it easy for our customers to adopt cutting edge technology, especially within the radiology department, where our products have become synonymous with innovation and excellence."
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world’s leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 2,865 million euro in 2013.
About Agfa HealthCare
Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading global provider of diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions. The company has nearly a century of healthcare experience and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT market since the early 1990's. Today Agfa HealthCare designs, develops and delivers state-of-the-art systems for capturing, managing and processing diagnostic images and clinical/administrative information for hospitals and healthcare facilities, as well as contrast media solutions to enable effective medical imaging results. The company has sales offices and agents in over 100 markets worldwide. Sales for Agfa HealthCare in 2013 were 1,160 million euro. For more information on Agfa HealthCare, please visit www.agfahealthcare.com