A combination of hospital-based PACS technology and remote computed radiography (CR) units from Agfa HealthCare will now help many Icelanders receive prompt medical care regardless of location.
LUH had originally installed a basic PACS from Agfa HealthCare in 1997 linking various digital modalities within its radiology department, as well as workstations in other hospital-based locations. A comprehensive CR system was added in 2003. More recently, it upgraded to a newer IMPAX PACS version with an expanded network that included nearby clinical locations outside the main hospital campus.
Thorgeir Palsson, Clinical Engineering Manager at LUH, explained: ‘Growing our PACS over the years clearly demonstrated how we could link and archive images from various modalities, as well as make data available to other in-hospital sites. We also saw the speed, workflow improvements, performance reliability and image quality benefits of distributing digital imaging and information. Going digital meant no more film processing, with all the caustic chemicals and strong odors,’ he added. ‘I also like not having to store and manage chemical supplies, as well as avoiding the huge cost of safely discarding old chemistry. The CR system is very user-friendly, and I’m pleased with all the advantages it offers.’
‘LUH physicians and administration agreed it was logical to expand the network using Agfa HealthCare CR systems, since their experience with the original and current IMPAX products was so positive, and deploying the company’s CR technology would be an easy, transparent connection,’ Agfa pointed out. ‘As a result, Agfa HealthCare also deployed CR 35-X and CR 30-X CR systems.’
Performing over 6,000 procedures annually, the Keflavik facility’s single CR unit and 11 special cassettes are in constant use.