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The Radiology Department at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, didn’t need a nudge from Washington, D.C., to upgrade to digital radiography (DR). With one exception, the department’s x-ray rooms were fully DR-capable as of last year; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it would start reducing payments for analog X-ray in 2017 and for computed radiography (CR) in 2018.
She did it once then and she’s done it again. In 1989, Mary Lou Catania, RN, brought modern mammography to the women of California’s Monterey Peninsula when she founded the Mammography Center of Monterey. It was a bold move: She had limited resources and no direct experience working in radiology, much less running a business. What she did have was her own need to be screened for breast cancer—and her realization that the only technology offered locally was old-and-fading, xeromammography.
The imaging staff at Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH) in Berlin, N.H., knew the time had come to up their x-ray game when their 11-year-old computed radiography (CR) system began needing new imaging plates and maintenance. What they didn’t know was how fast, easy and cost-effective it could be to upgrade to superior digital radiography (DR) just by investing in the right DR detectors. In 2015, following comprehensive research, that’s exactly what they did.
Holland, 1931. Bernard George Ziedses des Plantes worked hard on the world’s first tomosynthesis machine, publishing a paper on the device he called a Planigraph. His clinical results were presented at the 1931 meeting of the Netherlands Society of Electrology and Radiology in Amsterdam, and the first commercial device was produced just a few years later.
The employees of Scottsdale Medical Imaging (SMIL), an imaging practice with 14 locations throughout the state of Arizona, recently faced a dilemma many other providers in the industry have encountered; they had to choose a vendor to lead their conversion from computed radiography (CR) to digital radiography (DR).
The pressure was on to make an important purchase decision, and fast. Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend, Washington, had just seen its aging mammography machine reach the point of no repair.
The radiology department at Ashley County Medical Center (ACMC), a 33-bed critical access hospital in Crossett, Arkansas, has always made dose management a top priority.
Lisa Quamme, breast health coordinator and senior radiology technologist at Northpoint Health and Wellness Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, spoke to Radiology Business about how the system has improved their mammography screening.
When the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, or Omnibus Bill, was passed late last year, it included text that requires imaging providers to start using DR.
One of the hottest topics in today’s medical imaging community is the transition from computed radiography (CR) to digital radiography (DR).
Radiation dose is one of the top concerns in imaging today, and since younger patients are the most vulnerable, reducing dose in pediatric imaging is especially important.
Can advances and efficiencies in digital radiography (DR) technology improve patients’ perceptions of the x-ray department—and, in the process, help boost hospitals’ HCAHPS scores—ultimately leading to smarter marketing, maximized reimbursement and increased patient volume?
Portable x-ray may be a routine technology, but at a 554-bed hospital serving a sicker-than-average patient population, and housing a Level 1 trauma center and Level 1 burn center, there is nothing routine about the need for fast, reliable, portable x-ray capabilities.
In today’s healthcare environment, the bottom line for providers is to maximize value with every decision made. That’s why a technology upgrade that improves care and the patient experience on multiple fronts can be a game changer.