COVID-19 and the Radiology Department: Tips to Keep Everyone Safe
By now everyone knows about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pneumonia that emerged in December, 2019. Since then, this highly contagious virus has been spreading worldwide, with a rapid rise in the number of deaths. We’ve seen a variety of chest imaging features being reported, which are similar to those found in other types of coronavirus syndromes.
As with any respiratory-attacking virus, chest x-ray imaging is critical in assessing severity and disease progression of the infection. The increased usage of CT and chest portable x-ray imaging has pushed many radiology departments beyond capacity to keep up with the patients presenting with symptoms of COVID-19. During this intense time while healthcare workers struggle to diagnose and treat this novel coronavirus, implementation of a robust plan in the radiology department is crucial to prevent further transmission of the virus to patients and department staff members.
Source-Ray portable x-ray machine donated to Jamaica hospital helps treat newborn baby
We all know how important quality, affordable portable x-ray systems are for patient health and treatment. Here in the US it can be easy to take for granted the availability of portable and mobile x-ray devices since they can be found almost anywhere. Urgent care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, sports stadiums, cruise ships, veterinarians and of course hospitals. Unfortunately, not every country has access to the same level of technology and imaging solutions.
Aging Population Drives Increased Demand for Portable X-Ray Machines
Demand for radiology via digital x-ray and portable x-ray will continue to increase due to ageing population, and growing prevalence of chronic disease and cancer survivors.
In September 2018, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. By 2034, there will be 77.0 million people 65 years and older compared to 76.5 million under the age of 18. The median age of the U.S. population is expected to grow from age 38 today to age 43 by 2060.
Top 3 Trends in Radiology for 2020
In 2020, radiology innovations will center around 3 main concepts: the use of AI, Data Sharing for Care Coordination, and Improving Patient Experience, which includes using portable x-ray machines to reduce the amount of times the patient has to be moved.
With 2020 fully underway, it’s time to look at the trends in radiology which will impact the industry this year. What innovations will 2020 bring to the imaging community to shape the future?
Read more about the trends to watch in radiology this year.
X-ray machines have been around for a long time. But what makes them so important?
X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation that can pass through the parts of the body and produce shadow-like images of bones and other body organs. An x-ray procedure can help doctors diagnose, monitor, and treat many medical conditions.
Why an American Made portable x-ray system matters
Many of us have heard for years the terms “Made in America” or “Made in the USA” and maybe it makes us feel safer, more patriotic or just plain better. The terms are used for a variety of products throughout a wide range of industries but do we really know how something “Made in America” affects the actual product?
Perhaps if we’re talking about something as simple as a pen, pencil, tape, or garden hose, etc. then yes, we still feel a sense of pride to know it’s made in America. However, when we’re talking about products with a more significant impact on our lives and health then the term takes on a whole new level of importance.
Thinking of Starting an Urgent Care? Here’s a few things to think about.
According to Kalorama Information, the urgent care center (UCCs) market has reached 15 billion from about $11.8 billion in 2011. This represents growth of about 4.1% per year. The number of clinic locations has similarly risen strongly, standing at over 10,000 locations in 2017, making this a very attractive business opportunity for healthcare professionals and investors alike.
However, with the cost of opening, operating a facility and urgent care management expenses which are often fluctuating greatly depends on many variables.
Is it Time to Replace Your Portable X-ray Equipment
Medical imaging has a vital role in modern healthcare systems. Just like any other type of device, medical imaging isn’t free from malfunctioning. Older portable x-ray equipment has a high risk of breakdowns. This can cause diagnosis and treatment delays for the patient.
Equipment failures can also compromise the safety problems both for the patient and the medical staff. As a result of wear and tear, all medical imaging equipment eventually needs to be replaced.
So how do you know when is it time to replace your x-ray equipment?
Source-Ray, Inc. Receives 2019 Best of Ronkonkoma Award
Ronkonkoma Award Program Honors the Achievement
Press Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RONKONKOMA April 23, 2019
Source-Ray, Inc. has been selected for the 2019 Best of Ronkonkoma Award in the Medical & Hospital Equipment category by the Ronkonkoma Award Program.
This era has brought preventive care to a new level. With all of the technological advancements in digital radiography, there is no doubt why more companies and medical practitioners opt to invest in digital and portable X-ray systems. It is smart for X-ray machine manufacturers to capitalize on this trend right now. The use of portable X-ray benefits both providers and patients. These machines have changed the face of diagnostic imaging.
The following are some of the top advantages of using portable X-ray devices.