ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. XX —Critical access hospital Kirby Medical Center in Monticello, Ill., will
care for more patients by offering fluoroscopy technology, enabling a
broad array of high-quality imaging exams through the CARESTREAM DRX-Excel
Plus System (see video link).
The hospital, which serves communities in and around Monticello, purchased
the DRX-Excel Plus to provide easy access to a suite of imaging services.
“We are a critical access hospital in a rural community, and we strive
to keep many important healthcare services within our community. It is
very important that our patients can stay close to home for their healthcare
needs,” said Jaime West, Director of Imaging at Kirby Medical Center.
“Several imaging exams had to be referred to other facilities before,
so adding this technology at Kirby is a wonderful addition to the department.”
A two-in-one system, the
DRX-Excel Plus combines both fluoroscopy and general radiology capabilities in one compact
unit. As a result, a medical facility can perform contrast exams using
fluoroscopy that can be associated with a radiography image, in addition
to specialized contrast procedures that record both fluoroscopy and radiography
sequences and interventional procedures. Its fluoroscopy technology is
optimized specifically for large and mid-size hospitals as well as healthcare
facilities like Kirby Medical Center.
The DRX-Excel Plus System delivers accelerated workflow, high-resolution
images and an extensive range of diagnostic imaging exams, from chest
X-rays and barium swallows (see video link) to knee arthrograms. At Kirby Medical Center, the DRX-Excel Plus will
reside in the center’s Imaging Department.
“Soon we will be able to provide an additional general radiography
room and add fluoroscopy services to our community. This will allow our
hospital to perform a wide variety of exams and reduce wait times for
our patients,” Ms. West said.
Ergonomically designed, the unit features a positioning pedal that allows
the operator to have their hands free, which is especially helpful for
interventional procedures. The built-in relaxing ambient lighting and
selectable music feature allow patients to undergo an exam in a low-stress
environment. This focus on patient comfort and user productivity was a
plus for Kirby Medical Center, in addition to the system’s imaging
“We felt that Carestream offered the best technology for our facility
and working with them made it very easy,” Ms. West said. “Also,
our radiology group liked the look and functionality of the Carestream
Kirby Medical Center plans to go live with the DRX-Excel Plus system in
About Kirby Medical Center
Kirby Medical Center is an independent, not-for-profit corporation located
in Monticello, Illinois. Since 1941, Kirby has been serving the healthcare
needs of Piatt County and is committed and proud to provide quality and
compassionate healthcare services to all people in need. From an award-winning
emergency care team to advanced 24-hour diagnostic imaging, 24-hour laboratory
services, surgery, family and specialty medicine, plus a wide-variety
of outpatient rehabilitation services, Kirby Medical Center believes that
access to advanced care should be affordable and convenient, locally,
to all they serve. For more information, visit
About Carestream Health
Carestream is a worldwide provider of medical imaging systems; X-ray imaging
systems for non-destructive testing; and precision contract coating services
for a wide range of industrial, medical, electronic and other applications—all
backed by a global service and support network. For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products,
solutions and services, please contact your Carestream representative
or call 1-888-777-2072 or visit
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