A portable X-ray system is a very useful piece of equipment that allows physicians to provide outstanding care for patients who cannot come in to their medical offices. Veterinarians making farm or stable calls, doctors who work with non-mobile patients, sports teams or those in military conflicts all find that portable X-ray equipment is the only way to take medical digital images out in the field. There are several advantages that come from using a portable system.
A portable X-ray system allows for both acquisition and distribution of digital medical images when you are away from your main office. It does this through the use of a laser scanner that uses no film, along with phosphor plates and cassettes that are eraseable. You can enhance the digital medical images that you take out in the field with the workstation connected to the portable unit.
Portability is a big advantage to these compact but feature-rich portable X-ray machines. Most come with a stand on wheels, allowing you to easily move the equipment about by rolling it to its destination away from the office. You will find systems available that weigh in at under one hundred pounds, with some considerably less than that, so that moving the unit around will not be a chore. Some units are motorized, making it easier to move the equipment around, and may not even need an electrical plug-in for them to be fully functional. Many of the systems also fold up into smaller shapes, making it much easier to transport them in vehicles.
Ease of use and superior functionality are built into a portable X-ray system. Exposure settings that are commonly used can easily be stored in ample memory stations for quick recall. Many of the units give you the option of taking images from a patient who is standing, sitting or lying down, making for more flexibility and better care for all your patients.
Dicom connectivity also enhances the use of portable X-ray machines. With Dicom in use with the X-ray equipment, you can then connect to a laptop computer with Internet access to send the images on to diagnosing physicians on your network. Dicom also allows you to display the digital images on a computer workstation, and even save them, so that you can retrieve them later as needed.
By adding portable X-ray equipment to your current line of radiology offerings, you can reach a group of patients who rely on outpatient care to meet their healthcare needs, and you can do so with all the advantages that portable systems provide.