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Thursday 29th October 2015
Advanced radiography is helping a Bristol hospital to reduce waiting times for patients.
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The Bristol Royal Infirmary is using advanced radiography to help improve patient care and reduce waiting times. 

The hospital focuses on teaching new students and providing acute medicine and surgery, critical care, trauma, orthopaedic, and accident and emergency services to patients in and around the local area.

However, as part of a major redevelopment plan that began in 2011, it has introduced more advanced products to its radiography department to help reduce the amount of waiting time for patients. When a patient has to have scans done, it can be a nervous time when waiting for the results, so any reduction would be a significant boost to patient care and their experience.

The imaging systems from Agfa's Digital Radiography enables the department to have potential dose reduction, smoother workflow and excellent image quality, as well as faster processing time.

It includes four advanced, high-throughput computed radiography (CR) solutions and five CR 30-X digitisers, which all come with the high-standard MUSICA image processing and workstation, which supports a highly efficient and optimised radiology workflow. 

“Our hospital’s overall mission is to provide patient care of the highest quality; implementing advanced tools and systems such as Agfa HealthCare’s CR solutions clearly demonstrate how we are following up on this commitment,” says Simon Brown, superintendent radiographer at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. 

He said they looked for solutions that would enable them to have faster processing, but could also deliver higher-resolution images and the potential to reduce radiation dose, to enhance our overall patient care.

The four new advanced Agfa HealthCare high-throughput CR systems unite excellent image quality, while still offering a smoother, more productive workflow. They support both standard phosphor plates and cesium-bromide (CsBr) needle detectors, while research has found that dose reductions of up to 60 per cent can be achieved.

John Flavell, imaging business manager of Agfa HealthCare UK, said the firm was proud to supply Bristol Royal Infirmary with the advanced CR solutions to replace their existing CR imaging systems and help the hospital achieve its goal of improving patient care.

Written by Megan Smith

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