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Internationally recognised NHS hospital praises MUSICA image quality of its new Agfa HealthCare DR rooms

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust chooses three DR 600 solutions and one DR Retrofit in competitive procurement process

Mortsel, Belgium - 20 November 2017 - 14:00 CET

    The DR 600 was selected for its image quality, speed, potential for lower patient radiation dose and ease of use.

    The DR Retrofit offers the workflow and image quality benefits of a new DR X-ray room at a fraction of the cost.

    Fully automatic and exam-independent, MUSICA provides consistently high image quality across digital radiography solutions.

Agfa HealthCare have announced that West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in Bury St Edmunds, UK, has implemented three DR 600 X-ray rooms and one DR Retrofit at its West Suffolk Hospital site, following a competitive procurement process through the NHS Supply Chain. One of the DR 600 solutions has been implemented in the emergency department (A&E), while the other two are used as general radiography rooms.

A Global Digital Exemplar
The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of around 275,000 within an area of approximately 600 square miles, as well as patients outside that area who choose to be referred to the hospital.

The Trust has been named a Global Digital Exemplar by the NHS. These are internationally recognised NHS care providers that deliver exceptional care, efficiently, through the world-class use of digital technology and information flows, both within and beyond their organisation's boundaries.  They act as reference sites to other care providers, and hope to be the first to go 'paper-free'.

 "Fantastic" image quality
The DR 600 is a multi-detector, high productivity, high-throughput direct radiography (DR) system. Fully automated, it streamlines workflow, increases throughput and enhances the experience of patients and operators alike, even in the busiest imaging environments. The ZeroForce Technology means manual movement of the tube head in all directions is quick and requires almost zero effort. Immediate previews reduce time between exposures, speeding up patient throughput and reducing cost per exam.

The DR Retrofit uses the facility's existing X-ray equipment as part of the direct digital solution. It offers all the workflow and image quality benefits of a new DR X-ray room at a fraction of the cost.

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust had already had a positive experience working with Agfa HealthCare's computed radiography (CR) solutions. Once the first DR 600 was implemented, the changes were noted by the healthcare providers. "The image quality is fantastic," commented Nigel  Beeton, Imaging Services Manager, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. "I have received emails from radiologists saying how good the X-rays are. The whole department is excited by the new equipment.  Another benefit of the DR 600 is that it allows radiographers to perform gridless imaging, and the Trust is currently undertaking an internal study to analyse the resulting lower dose. There are also additional benefits such as better patient/user experience and further time saving."

Optimize patient care and hospital efficiency
In addition to the image quality, the speed of the DR solutions and the potential to lower dose were key advantages. The ease of use and minimal training required, as well as the MUSICA image processing software, also played a role in the choice of the Agfa HealthCare solutions.

"We are very pleased to be continuing our relationship with the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which has been selected by the NHS as one of the most advanced in its use of technology," says Martin Tew, Imaging Business Manager UK & Eire, Agfa HealthCare. "The goal for these Global Digital Exemplars is to deliver exceptional care through the use of world-class digital technology and information and to inspire others by showing how information technology can deliver both optimized patient care and enhance business efficiencies. We are proud to be a part of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust's journey to achieve this leadership." 

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