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Upgrading Rad Rooms to Digital

As we progress into the future digital images will be the only way to view and store images

The Future of Radiology

Why are more and more imaging centers choosing to upgrade Rad Rooms to digital? As we progress into the future digital images will be the only way to view and store images. Tele-radiology and telehealth will be the norm within 10 years and doctors will meet remotely with patients to go over lab results, images, and reports.

Hospitals and other healthcare networks are using software as a service (SaaS) companies to manage electronic health records (EHR). Private practices and immediate care facilities have to seamlessly transfer documents, lab results, images and reports throughout various medical centers.

What does this mean as an imaging director or radiologist? Images will have to be digital in order to transfer to other practices and hospitals to collaborate with members of the healthcare team, as well as improving patient experience and remain completive.

The Old Way to Upgrade Rad Rooms to Digital

Traditionally, upgrading rad rooms to digital was an expensive option for hospitals and imaging centers throughout the world. The project involved various departments including biomedical engineering, information technology, and medical imaging departments. X-ray generators, tables, control panels, and upright chest buckeys had to be upgraded or replaced as well.  

All of this is not needed anymore. However, patient’s radiology reports and image archival devices will have to be integrated with the hospital’s electronic health records to keep everything safe and secure.

The Cost-Effective Way to Upgrade Rad Rooms to Digital

For reference, new digital rad rooms cost anywhere from $95,000 to $120,000 plus accessories and software packages.

But, you don’t have to have state of the art rad rooms to take digital images…

Digital detectors are the key to easily upgrade rad rooms to digital and are attainable through Amber’s state-of-the-art flat panel detector technology.

PixxGen 1717 digital radiography flat panel detector

Amber Diagnostics’ flat panel detector’s are the latest technology innovation in DR. You can easily upgrade rad rooms to digital with the flat panel detectors for around $17,000.

An imaging center from Austin, TX was looking to upgrade rad rooms to digital and prepared a budget for all of their costs. But halfway through their market research, they realized flat panel detectors accomplished exactly what their business needed at a much lower price. Therefore, they saved over half of their planned budget and a lot of time used for patient turnover because of Amber Diagnostics’ flat panel detectors.

The real problem is buying new equipment that depreciates quickly and often has manufacturer recalls, hurting your margins. This problem is made worse by GE, Siemens, and Philips offering products with less updates and shorter lifetimes.

Because digital imaging is becoming the industry norm and the cost of flat panel detectors is going down, now is the best time to upgrade rad rooms to digital.

To take images, simply slide the Pixxgen flat panel detector under the desired body area you want to image.

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With the way medical imaging is going, you have three options.

Option #1: You can do nothing. Your facility could choose to stay with analog radiography and CR. If you are planning on retiring soon or have more volume than you want to handle, this option can work for you. But if you are looking to stay competitive, it leaves you with two more options.

Option #2: You can buy a brand-new digital rad room. You can put together a large project budget that covers the expensive equipment and contractor who will outfit the room according to state regulations.

Option #3: You can buy a Flat Panel Detector. You can immediately begin taking high-quality digital images and sharing them with your team and patients.

Advantages of Flat Panel Detectors

  • High SNR and Low Noise at lower dose
  • Long battery life for wireless detector
  • Durable because of break-resistant material
  • 0.45″ fits easily under patients
  • Stain resistant
  • Easily replaceable battery
  • With largest image coverage 17″x17″, less than 3-5 seconds.
  • Second Generation of continuous & accurate AED provides faster and efficient image acquisition
  • Stand-alone Use
  • On-board storage
  • Web Viewer for mobile phone
  • One-piece Carbon Body
  • Digital images/records can be shared with other healthcare team members
  • Reduces radiation doses for the exam and body part being imaged
  • No need for dark rooms and film libraries
  • Patients will be able to view images within minutes online through healthcare portals
Pixxgen 1717 DR Panel with Computer

Why Choose Amber for Your Digital Imaging Needs?

When it comes to refurbishing and upgrading used medical imaging equipment, Amber Diagnostics has been doing it longer than any other company in the industry. We are one of the top global suppliers providing used medical imaging equipment for sale and our engineers have over 50 years combined experience.

Take a look at the benefits and features of the flat panel detector or browse our inventory of refurbished Rad Rooms. Don’t hesitate to call with any questions!


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