Eric Hughes, Diagnostics Divisional Manager at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH), has written a detailed report on how the hospital has achieved substantial performance improvements since the installation of a Fujifilm DR Retrofit last year.
The report explains that from 2014, due to increase in demand of 3%-5% per annum, the hospital’s target of examining 90% of patients attending without an appointment within 30 minutes was regularly being missed. The department presented a business case to the Trust to procure two Fujifilm DR Retrofit systems, and following approval the installations took place in November 2015.
Eric reports“The results have been immediate and the data shows that between December 2015 and March 2016 the department met its 90% target for four months consistently, a performance which had not been achieved since 2013. The average daily throughput increased in the Fujifilm DR rooms by 40.1% and 32.2% respectively.
The conventional CR room in which DR has not been fitted saw its average throughput fall by 14.4%. This is, we believe, indicative of the fact that the Fujifilm DR rooms have now become the rooms of choice for radiographers. Radiologists are pleased with the image quality, and doses are reduced in comparison to the CR rooms. An unexpected development is that the radiologists have requested that all pre MR Orbit imaging is undertaken with DR as there is virtually no possibility of dust/ particular artefact affecting the image.
In conclusion, the Fujifilm DR retrofit has facilitated a significant increase in the capacity of the rooms in which it was installed and the department as a whole.”
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