Kodak offers new feature for its DirectView DR system

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Eastman Kodak Co. has unveiled a new option for its Kodak DirectView DR 9000 digital radiography (DR) system designed to accelerate treatment and improve care, while minimizing the movement of critically injured patients in trauma centers.

The trans-bay option involves installing overhead rails up to 30 feet long so the DR system can move to as many as three different patient locations in rapid succession. The company says installation can be customized to meet a hospital trauma center's individual requirements.

Phil Ames, administrative director of radiology at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla., said the system "can assess and stabilize patients in just 15 minutes, instead of 45 minutes. Being able to initiate treatment 30 minutes sooner can have a huge impact on the quality of care for our trauma patients."

The facility tested the trans-bay option prior to its introduction.