X-Ray and Fluoroscopy in San Antonio, TX
Digital Wireless X-ray Unit in Texas!
Concord Imaging is pleased to announce the installation of the Carestream
DRX-1 System at their Creekside location for performing Digital Radiography.
Most current radiology facilities use Computed Radiography (CR) for performing
radiographs (traditional “X-rays”). CR replaced the old system
of Xray film in cassettes that had to be run through a processor. The
CR systems still have to use a laser light to “read” the xray
image on a cassette and this takes about 60 seconds per image.
Concord Imaging at Creekside has added the latest in state of the art technology
to their Xray capabilities. With the new Carestream DRX-1 system, an all-digital
detector plate is placed behind the area to be imaged and the xray exposure
is taken in the conventional manner. From this point forward, the information
is transmitted digitally in just a few seconds from the digital detector
to the console and the image is ready to be sent to the PACS system where
it is stored and can be interpreted by the radiologist. The image is transmitted
and the technologist is ready to position the patient for the next exposure
in a matter of seconds rather than minutes.
From a patient and referring office perspective, this allows Concord Imaging
at Creekside to perform Xray exams in much less time than any other facility.
This should translate into shorter exams for patients and less waiting
time to get into the exam room.
“We began to look at areas in our facility where we potentially experience
backlogs and Xray and Ultrasound were identified as areas where we sometimes
had patients waiting longer than desirable or difficulty scheduling,”
said Concord Imaging founder and radiologist Jeremy Wiersig, M.D. (Please
see Ultrasound News). “We pride ourselves on our service and taking
good care of patients, so when we learned about the DRX-1 Wireless DR
system, we started investigating it, “ We thought we could make
a real difference in patient wait and exam times and it’s really
proving to be true. And the image quality is really spectacular.”
Come experience the 1st wireless Digital Radiography system in Texas at
Concord Imaging the next time you need “Xrays”.
What is an X-Ray?
An x-ray is a medical test that physicians use to diagnosis and treat their
patient's medical conditions. It is the oldest and most commonly used
form of medical testing. An X - ray is a painless and quick test for the
patient to endure. It involves exposing the part of the body that is being
examined to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of
the inside of the body.
X -ray is also used to diagnose various conditions of the lungs including
pneumonia, tumors and changes of heart failure. It also is used to diagnose
fractures and other abnormalities of bones, joint conditions, and causes
of abdominal pain.
Fluoroscopy involves using X-rays to take "live" images of the
body. It is typically used to examine the gastrointestinal tract such
as the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon.
How To Prepare for an X-Ray?
- You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.
- Wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to change.
- Please remove any jewelry, eyeglasses or any metal objects that are covering
the area to be examined.
- You may be asked not to eat or drink for several hours prior to your procedure.
We will give you instructions when you make your appointment.
- X-rays cannot be performed during pregnancy because of the potential harms
to the fetus. Women should always notify the radiology technician of any
possibility of pregnancy.
How Does X-Ray Work?
X-rays are a type of radiation just like radio waves and light. The X-
ray machine is positioned toward the part of the body being imaged. It
then produces a small amount of radiation that passes through the body
and captures an image on film or a special image recording plate.
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