Calderdale completes sixth DR retrofit

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has upgraded another of its CR x-ray rooms with a Fujifilm Retrofit DR solution. The trust already has five of the retrofits, which transformed old analogue equipment to digital radiography, so when another room upgrade was needed the team at Calderdale Royal Hospital turned to Fujifilm.

Service lead plain film Emma Hurst said: “We have lots of Fujifilm equipment across the trust’s three sites and the teams find it user friendly, with a simple to understand interface but all the technical features we need. We know the image quality on the Fujifilm equipment is good and we have seen dose reduced across all our retrofitted rooms, which has given us more consistency when auditing. We worked with the applications team to ensure our exposure parameters matched the image quality we require and this also gives us consistency when images are reported by advanced practitioners.

“We can now fully utilise the old room, which is supporting us with our recovery after COVID-19 and enables us to provide a more efficient service,” Hurst continued. “We are able to undertake all types of examinations in this room, which is really helpful as activity is increasing massively. This has improved throughput of patients and helped with staff morale – as my colleague Jess Shaw said: having the retrofit is a game changer.”

According to Hurst, Fujifilm provided excellent quality of service and made the process easy: “Good communications and our long-standing relationships with the Fujifilm team helps a lot and reduces delays with orders and service repairs.”

Picture: Radiographers Asiyah Chohan and Sumaira Saeed, advanced practitioner Jess Shaw, radiographer Tim Booth and Fujifilm senior account manager John Casson.

Published on page 10 of the January 2022 issue of RAD Magazine.


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