Care New England revamps its radiology portfolio

Care New England Health System, a three-hospital delivery system in Providence, R.I., in recent months went live on a large suite of radiology information systems from Carestream.

The products included the Carestream Ascend medical X-ray imaging system, three Carestream DRX2Revolution mobile X-ray systems and six Carestream DRX-1 systems that offer a quick and affordable way to transition to digital radiography.

The imaging systems are deployed at Bulter Hospital, Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital.

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“We standardized on Carestream because they offer excellent image quality and advanced image enhancement software that delivers the fine diagnostic detail required by our orthopaedic, pediatric, trauma and other specialists,” says Stephen Hopkins, director of diagnostic imaging at Kent Hospital. “Our healthcare system converted to digital radiography to enhance image quality, boost staff productivity and deliver rapid access to images for physicians.”

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The delivery system further deployed the vendor’s optional long-length imaging software that automatically captures, aligns and stitches together up to three images. Cesium iodide detectors also were acquired to deliver optimal image quality at a lower dose.

At Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital, existing portable systems were upgraded to digital radiography, and three Carestream DRX-Revolution mobile systems also perform exams for inpatients and critical care patients.

“Our portable systems are equipped with optional Carestream software that can enhance imaging of PICC lines and detection of pneumrthorax,” says Gina Demou, director of diagnostic imaging at the hospital. “Carestream’s SmartGrid software delivers excellent image quality and high resolution without the need to use an anti-scatter grid. This has significantly enhanced patient comfort.”

Demou also likes that the vendor’s detectors, which allow clinicians to view images in seconds, are well-build having survived drops, then recalibrated, tested and put back into service.

The new technologies replace a legacy radiology system that had been used for more than a decade, says Hopkins. “Our goal was to reduce the number of vendors used and train the biomedical crew, getting everyone happy with one vendor.”

Women & Infants Hospital was impressed with the onsite support given by Carestream, which had immediate effects on the comfort level of clinicians and staff, during implementation and go-live, according to Hopkins. Overall, implementation went well with no major hiccups. “If we could have gone back in time and could have afforded it back then, we would have done this years ago.”

There is one last legacy system still being used, a fluoroscopy system that will be upgraded.

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