In a previous article in MEDMERA, Chief Physician Rolf Skuncke expressed his great expectations to the system which was about to be deployed at the Karolinska University Hospital/Huddinge X-ray Clinic.
“A well designed X-ray laboratory makes room for improved treatment. We chose to go for the next generation X-ray laboratory, as I see it”,
he said then. Now, the Adora has been in use at the Karolinska University Hospital/Huddinge X-ray Clinic for about half a year, and Rolf Skuncke says, that the high expectations have been met. Radiology Nurse Agneta Johansson, who is Section Manager at Skeletal Radiology, confirms that she and her colleagues are satisfied:
“Most of our work is faster and simpler with Adora. The system is very easy to use also according to the staff we train. Working with digital techniques is different and requires a slightly different approach that has to be learned. But nobody finds it difficult, on the contrary. It takes short time to get acquainted with it, and then it feels very good.”
Agneta sees primarily three advantages with the Adora. The ergonomics, speed and ease of use.
“It is great for our shoulders, considerably less heavy to operate. When we do axial hip examinations, we don’t have to turn the patients. They remain lying in the same position, all you have to do is pressing a button, and then the equipment moves instead. It all happens very fast and quietly.”
In addition, Agneta finds that they have gained a lot when performing standing examinations, likewise with examinations of patients on trolleys.
“Certainly we would have preferred wireless detectors, but we don’t experience the wire as a major problem. We just place the trolley in the middle of the floor, and we don’t have to change cassettes as the detector remains in the same position under the patient, and we turn it as we want it.”
It feels extra important with efficient and easy patient flow as it is impossible to plan the flow of acute patients in detail. Agneta sees a clear difference compared to previous: more patients get through and the examinations are more gentle for both patients and staff. A low dose without compromising image quality was another important requirement in the choice of a new system. Even at this point, Adora meets the needs.
“We have not completed the optimization of image quality yet. But generally speaking I found the image quality good even before we started the optimization. We have had some extra work to do adjusting details, especially with low centered pelvis examinations, but we are very satisfied with the image quality”, says Chief Physician Lena Cavallin.
Chief Physician Lena Cavallin (left) and Radiology Nurse Agneta Johansson (right)
Translated from the Swedish original – Mediel MEDMERA Issue 1, 2011