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RadBook 2013

105RAD·BOOK 2013 R/F–DIGITAL workstation. Since the system contains pre-set parameters for optimal on- screen display for every conceivable X- ray situation, the assistants only need to re-adjust the images slightly in iso- lated cases. The AeroDR’s digital technology not only speeds up the workflow but also simplifies indirect activities; staff no longer have to concern themselves with tasks such as ordering chemicals or storing X-ray films, which frees up more time for the patients. Further- more, X-ray films and developer chem- icals had been a significant cost factor in the past. Dr. Grumbrecht continues: “In terms of the payback period, if the improvements in workflow speed and the archiving situation are also taken into consideration, our investment will have paid for itself in a matter of years.” Nowadays, the digital images are stored on small, affordable hard disks in a PACS, and can be called up for comparison at the touch of a button. Dr. Grumbrecht has received noth- ing but positive feedback from his pa- tients regarding his new digital X-ray system. They particularly value the fact that the specialist can now illustrate the diagnosis using the highly detailed on-screen images; thanks to the sys- tem’s continuous zoom function and the brightness/contrast control, noth- ing remains hidden. “The advantages of this modern digital technology become most apparent in X-rays of the hand,” says the radiologist. “The post-process- ing tools enable me to see everything so bles Dr. Grumbrecht to take all manner of X-rays using just one detector. And thanks to the lightweight flat panel, weighing in at a mere 2.9 kg, it is easy to perform between 25 and 30 exami- nations a day. Thanks to the AeroDR mobile detector from Konica Minolta, the radiologist has succeeded in con- verting his ‘old’ X-ray system into a new and modern digital X-ray system quickly, easily and affordably. clearly, irrespective of whether it is soft tissue or bone.” The quality of the X-ray images has improved significantly in the Augsburg radiology practice, and digital post- processing often saves patients having to undergo repeat exposures. Konica Minolta’s state-of-the-art solution ena- Radiographers can see the image on the CS-7 preview station just seconds after exposure, and in a matter of clicks the image is ready for diagnosis. Just some of the reasons behind Dr. Stephan Grumbrecht opting for the Konica Minolta AeroDR included its lightweight detector, its wireless technology and its simple, touchscreen operation.