Agfa HealthCare DR Solutions and MUSICA Support Royal United Hospitals Bath, UK, to Optimize Patient Care and Enhance Informed Care Decisions

Agfa HealthCareAgfa HealthCare announces today that its top-of-the-line, ceiling-suspended direct radiography (DR) solutions will support the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, UK, to optimize patient care and enhance informed care decisions, through the excellent image quality and the potential to reduce patient imaging radiation dose.

Enhancing the patient experience and outcome
The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, and surrounding towns and villages. The 687-bed hospital and its 4,800 staff offer a comprehensive range of acute services.

To continue enhancing its patient care, the hospital has implemented two Agfa HealthCare DR 600 direct radiography rooms, with state-of-the-art automation and design in a complete and integrated solution. One room is for general use and the other for Accident & Emergency. With their cesium iodide detectors, the DR 600s offer Royal United Hospitals Bath the potential for significant patient dose reduction[1]. At the same time, the immediate availability of images speeds up workflow: not only are patient waiting times reduced, for a better patient experience, but images are quickly available for reading and analysis.

Personalized care in a patient-centric environment with ZeroForce technology
The excellent DR image quality and MUSICA image processing software provide consistently reliable, high-quality image visualization, supporting radiologists and clinicians to make informed decisions on diagnosis and treatment.

The faster throughput will allow the hospital to see more patients, while still providing an excellent level of personalized care. The DR 600 has also been designed for easy use by the staff, with the latest in auto-positioning technology, fully-automated tracking and manual position - with quick, near zero-force movement of the tube head, wall stand stand and table in all directions.

"In today's patient-centric healthcare environment, hospitals like ours need to find ways to provide a better patient experience and positive patient outcomes," says Rosie Freeman, Radiology Clinical Manager, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. "The DR 600 helps us achieve this, by providing excellent image quality, the potential for dose reduction and a faster patient throughput in a busy imaging environment," says Stacey Hall, ED Radiographer Team Leader, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.

"Agfa HealthCare develops solutions that aim to let every hospital put the advantages of DR to work for enhancing patient care," says Grant Witheridge, Managing Director UK & Ireland, Agfa HealthCare. "We are proud that Royal United Hospitals Bath has chosen our solutions to support its on-going patient care goals."

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About Agfa
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world’s leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 2,865 million euro in 2013.

About Agfa HealthCare
Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading global provider of diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions. The company has nearly a century of healthcare experience and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT market since the early 1990's. Today Agfa HealthCare designs, develops and delivers state-of-the-art systems for capturing, managing and processing diagnostic images and clinical/administrative information for hospitals and healthcare facilities, as well as contrast media solutions to enable effective medical imaging results. The company has sales offices and agents in over 100 markets worldwide. Sales for Agfa HealthCare in 2013 were 1,160 million euro.

1. Testing with board-certified radiologists has determined that Cesium Bromide (CR) and Cesium Iodide (DR) Detectors, when used with MUSICA image processing, can provide dose reductions between 50 to 60%, compared to traditional Barium Fluoro Bromide CR systems. Contact Agfa HealthCare for more details.

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