Digital imaging has revolutionized how medical facilities both large and small deal with their imaging needs. Many hospitals, imaging centers and medical practices specializing in podiatry, chiropractic, urgent care and veterinary areas often start out with film X-ray equipment. They want to upgrade to digital imaging, but the cost can be prohibitive, especially for smaller medical offices.
Instead, there is a way to retrofit your existing x ray equipment so that you can utilize the speed and efficiency of digital imaging and that is through the use of a CR system. CR, which stands for computed radiography, is a digital imaging method that can be used in conjunction with your current film X-ray equipment to convert it to digital. You can also customize a podiatry CR, chiropractic CR, urgent care CR, veterinary CR or other CR system to your office's particular needs and not have to buy components that you do not use, thus saving money and making your medical facility more efficient as well.
Acquisition of digital images using a CR system happens on a phosphor cassette that allows the image to be stored. From here, the image can be viewed via a workstation with a diagnostic monitor, or by using a PACS system through which you can archive, send or receive digital images in the DICOM medical format quickly and easily through the use of the World Wide Web.
CR imaging systems are also available in portable units. This helps those who also have mobile practices to bring quality digital imaging to their patients who cannot come into the home office for care. Digital DICOM images taken out in the field can be run through a laptop computer using the appropriate software for immediate viewing or printing, and with wireless Internet access can be sent back to your home office for further review or to a consulting physician instantly.
Many medical offices also appreciate the confidence that they are well within HIPPA rule compliance when they use CR systems in conjunction with a PACS server. Patient records must be securely stored, and there must be backups in place for quick disaster recovery, and by using a CR system you are well on your way to meeting all of the HIPPA standards effectively and cost efficiently.
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