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May 26, 2011

Morris Hospital Installs Toshiba's Ultimax X-Ray System to Make Diagnosis Better, Safer, Faster

In an effort to improve diagnosis with the help of cutting edge digital imaging technologies, Grundy County’s Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers installed the Ultimax X-ray system from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

In a press release, Morris Hospital explained that the new X-ray system from Toshiba will allow the hospital to achieve multifunctional capabilities using a single modality. This means that, with the help of Ultimax X-ray system, the hospital will be able to perform both general radiography and interventional radiology procedures in a single examination room.

Featuring an overhead X-ray tube and digital chest board, the new X-ray system will allow standard chest, hand, foot and neck X-rays, as well as more specialized procedures such as myelograms, arthrography exams and lumbar punctures.

The system has been designed to improve radiation dose management during exams, making it safer for the patients as well as clinicians. Equipped with fingertip controls, Ultimax supports three dose modes that can instantly reduce radiation. The system also features three filters to reduce hard and soft X-ray exposure and virtual collimation to reduce fluoroscopy exposure.

Also, the high-quality all-digital images have improved patient diagnosis and reduced exam times, the hospital sources said in a release.

Lastly, the C-arm and table positioning features make room for added flexibility for multipurpose techniques, making it less painful for the patients.

“The Toshiba Ultimax X-ray system is a true multipurpose system and has enabled our hospital to conduct a wide variety of digital X-rays from a single system. The high-quality, digitally produced images and versatile design help our radiologists and technologists perform their diagnostic procedures more quickly and efficiently—reducing patient examination time and improving diagnostic accuracy,” Liz Bates, radiology manager at Morris Hospital noted in a statement.

“The multipurpose capabilities of the Ultimax make it possible for angiography, radiography, fluoroscopy and interventional procedures to all be performed in a single examination room,” Stephen Bumb, director of X-ray Vascular Business Unit at Toshiba, said in a statement.

Earlier this month, another renowned health care facility, Western Medical Center Santa Ana installed Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.'s Infinix VF-i bi-plane vascular X-ray system with Volume Navigation 3D roadmapping. The installation was aimed at increasing diagnostic capabilities and providing patients with the highest quality care, the hospital noted in a media release.

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Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for HealthTechZone. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell
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