Bone and Joint Center Invests in the New Digital X-Ray System
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2007
The Bone and Joint Center recently purchased the Philips Digital Diagnost X-Ray System. The Center is the first private practice in North Dakota to install the high-tech equipment. There are two parts to the Philips Digital Diagnost X-Ray System, the x-ray unit and the Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS).
The x-ray system provides faster results while exposing a lower dosage of radiation to patients compared to other conventional x-ray systems. The nine million pixel machine allows health care providers to see the bone structure in fine detail, thus enabling physicians to make better diagnoses.
The Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) shares image information; which increases productivity throughout clinics, providing faster, safer and quicker examinations for the patients. PACS allows physicians to quickly access x-ray images anywhere in the world via the internet.
The Philips Digital Diagnost X-Ray System is more effective than other conventional x-ray systems. The difference between this system and conventional ones is similar to the difference between a digital and conventional 35mm camera. The Philips Digital Diagnost X-Ray System pulls images up on to the computer, while conventional systems still use a plate handling process. Within seconds after an x-ray is taken on the new digital system, a technologist is able to see a patientís bones and internal organ images on the computer. The speed of images being produced shortens image acquisition times and enhances the quality of images for diagnostic purposes. Also, the PACS system makes it easier for Bone and Joint physicians who travel throughout the region. With the push of a couple buttons they are able to look at patientsí x-rays from any computer with internet access, regardless of the geographic location.