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Many hospital imaging departments are making the move from computed radiography (CR) to digital radiography (DR) as DR is becoming an increasingly attractive choice. While some facilities are in the midst of this conversion, others are still evaluating their options. In both situations, there are several factors that require attention to ensure a smooth transition from CR to DR. The technologies do have certain similarities, but often the differences between them may not be evident until after the CR has been replaced with DR in a facility.
Incremental increases in productivity are critical to help healthcare organisations handle ever-larger numbers of patients while enhancing patient satisfaction, balancing staffing requirements, and successfully providing value-based care. The workflow improvements and automation possible with DR enable hospitals and imaging facilities to care for more patients without increasing staff levels.
Digital radiography also helps facilities move closer to ALARA radiation doses (ALARA = As Low As Reasonably Achievable) - which is important for all patients, but especially in paediatrics. The dose reduction potential with DR conversion likewise provides the potential for a reduction in occupational dose for imaging providers.
The improved image quality possible with DR supports greater diagnostic capability and confidence, further enhancing the role of radiology as the hub of patient care.
From an investment point of view, the cost of DR continues to decrease. As departmental productivity has increased with DR, the return on investment (ROI) has also improved. Modern DR detectors can be shared between rooms, devices and operational units, allowing the healthcare enterprise to creatively maximise investments.
Digital radiography units come is a variety of options, sizes and specifications ranging from ceiling mounted room units to fully mobile ones. There is also retrofit options to make upgrading to DR affordable whilst leveraging your previous equipment investment for the long term. The latest addition to the Agfa DR family is the DR 800, a multitool Digital Imaging unit offering a single investment for radiography, fluoroscopy and advanced clinical applications. It can handle radiography, a full range of fluoroscopy exams, and advanced clinical applications. The Dynamic MUSICA image processing software - for both static and moving images - processes fluoroscopic images with the same high quality and low dose features. When you expect more, Agfa`s DR 800 delivers.
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