Londonderry, Northern Ireland - Altnagelvin Area Hospital, Londonderry, part of the Western Health & Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland recently purchased a Philips High Performance DigitalDiagnost DiDi 3.0 system. The equipment comes with Philips’ new generator, Altnagelvin being the sixth site worldwide, to receive the M-cabinet CXA, which is smaller and more compact, taking up half the space of its predecessor.
Designed for high throughput, the DigitalDiagnost High Performance system covers a large variety of applications and projections. Two detectors make it easy to switch from table to chest exams and in addition, automated functions such as auto collimation and move-to-position help increase workflow. It also comes with Philips’ wireless portable detector, making the room even more flexible and efficient. With an array of useful features and well-thought-out accessories, it provides freedom of movement eliminating the need to deal with obstructive cables and enabling the easy fulfilment of demands created by special applications, such as those for trauma, orthopaedic, bed and wheelchair exams. In addition, because the portable detector is completely integrated in the DR work, it offers fast results for free exposure that can be instantly processed and displayed. The detector itself boasts a robust design; it can be used for patients up to 135 kg in bed thorax exams and up to 100 kg in weight-bearing exams. It is also splash-resistant and, therefore, easy to clean.
Joanne McFeely, Clinical Specialist Radiographer comments, “As radiographers, we seek to ensure that we optimise X-ray exams, i.e., deliver the best image with minimum radiation dose. The DigitalDiagnost system with its latest technology enables us to do just this, whilst also facilitating faster patient throughput, leading to shorter waiting times.”
Other features of the installation include an intuitive tube control as part of a re-designed ceiling suspension, and the new Eleva workspot. This provides a common platform and user interface for Philips’ radiography and fluoroscopy systems and promotes workflow continuity. It includes exposure and fluoroscopy settings to regulate X-ray dose levels, parameters for images pre- and post-processing, geometry settings and beam limitation settings. With minimal user interaction, everything clicks into place, including all the parameters for every type of examination, and ‘view’ and ‘acquisition’ are optimised for virtually every type of patient from newborn babies up to obese adults.
Altnagelvin Area Hospital is an acute hospital offering a range of services, including 24 hour A&E, and is one of Northern Ireland’s five designated cancer hospitals.