Ashley County Medical Center (ACMC) in Crossett, Ark, has installed Carestream’s new DRX-Excel Plus radiography/fluoroscopy system, making it the first hospital in the United States to do so. The center’s emergency department, which treats roughly 750 patients a month, also houses a Carestream DRX-Evolution and a DRX-Revolution mobile x-ray imaging system.

Hospital CEO Philip Gilmore says the DRX-Excel Plus system will enable ACMC personnel to better evaluate critically ill or injured patients—and, if necessary, prepare them for transport to a higher-level hospital. “We upgraded our aging systems to deliver rapid access to high-resolution images, as well as advanced capabilities that reduce patient dose, enhance productivity, and offer an efficient user interface,” he says. Such benefits are all enabled by the DRX-Excel Plus system, Gilmore maintains.

The DRX-Excel Plus also includes a positioning pedal that allows operators to have their hands free—particularly advantageous in interventional exams—and a remote control that can move the table from anywhere in the room. Plus, the system can perform contrast exams using fluoroscopy that can be associated with a radiography image, in addition to specialized contrast procedures that record both fluoroscopic and radiographic sequences and interventional procedures. What’s more, an elevated table can be lowered or raised for fluoroscopic patients with limited mobility, such as those in wheelchairs.

Carestream’s radiography/fluoroscopy system also features a DRX Plus 3543C cesium iodide detector, which provides advanced image quality at a low radiation dose. This detector—capable of being submerged in more than 3 feet of water for 30 minutes—further enables faster calibration, preview, and full-resolution display time, as well as increased battery life.

For more information about this system, visit Carestream.