Midwest Hospital Network Purchases X-ray, Ultrasound Systems To Enhance Image Quality, productivity





Covenant Medical Center (Waterloo, Iowa) recently purchased and installed two CARESTREAM Touch Prime XE Ultrasound Systems (video) to capture radiology,

OB/GYN, vascular, pediatric and interventional imaging studies. Covenant Medical Center is a 366-bed, full-service, multi-specialty hospital. A third Touch Prime Ultrasound XE system is deployed at Mercy Hospital, an affiliated critical access hospital in Oelwein, Iowa.

“Carestream’s ultrasound platform offers excellent image quality, enhanced ease of use and innovative features we didn’t find on other ultrasound systems,” said Kris Messner, Covenant’s radiology manager. “Its sealed touch screen console is easy to clean and sonographers can capture an image using a button on the transducer, which is helpful for complex exams that don’t allow the sonographer to stand next to the system.”
CARESTREAM Touch Prime Ultrasound SystemsThe design of Carestream’s Touch Prime XE Ultrasound System is based upon recommendations by ultrasound professionals and ergonomic experts. The system is fully adjustable to accommodate all scanning positions, which can help reduce repetitive stress injuries. A swipe of a badge activates each sonographer’s preferences and presets.
Carestream’s Smart Flow Imaging visualizes blood ­flow in all directions, independent of imaging angle. The Touch Prime XE system simultaneously provides enhanced spatial detail with increased frame rates for improved visualization of moving structures while optimizing image formation to reduce noise and artifacts. This ultrasound system is capable of frame rates in excess of 100Hz while maintaining enhanced imaging detail.
Covenant Medical Center also installed a CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution Plus in its emergency department. The imaging system has a wall stand with a fixed detector while a wireless CARESTREAM DRX Plus 3543 Detector is used in the table and for tabletop exams.
The wall stand has a Bucky-angulation feature that expedites cross-table and other complex exams and reduces the need to move patients who are seriously ill or injured. The table can be lowered to help position fragile patients and an autotracking feature moves the X-ray tube into position to help reduce fatigue and repetitive stress injuries for technologists. A remote control lines up the X-ray tube to either Bucky to further streamline the imaging process.
The hospital purchased a small-format CARESTREAM DRX 2530C detector, which helps enhance quality and reduce dose for extremity and pediatric exams as well as images captured in the operating suites. Covenant Medical Center previously installed two CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray Systems for portable imaging and retrofitted several X-ray imaging rooms with Carestream DRX detectors.
 
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Iowa (Wheaton, Iowa)  is a faith-based 511-bed, not-for-profit, comprehensive medical/surgical health care provider offering acute levels of medical care at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo; Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls, and Mercy hospital in Oelwein. Its services in the region also include Covenant Clinic with more than 107 primary care and specialty providers; Covenant Foundation, Sartori Health Care Foundation and Mercy Hospital Foundation. Areas of excellence include cardiology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, maternity and NICU, cancer treatment, minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. The Iowa operations have been part of a 140 year system of care sponsored by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, formerly incorporated in 1983. In 2016, the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters transferred their Iowa operations to Mercy Health Network, an Iowa-based health care system based out of Des Moines, Iowa. For more information visit www.wheatoniowa.org .
Mercy Health Network (MHN) is an integrated system of member hospitals and other health and patient care facilities united into one operating organization to improve the delivery of healthcare services to the people of Iowa and adjoining states. MHN’s sponsors own and operate medical centers and other services in Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City, and Sioux City and community hospitals in six other locations. In addition, MHN has 27 members who participate through contracts for management and other services. Mercy Health Network (MHN) was founded in 1998 under a joint operating agreement between two of the largest Catholic, not-for-profit health organizations in the United States: Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Englewood, Colorado, and Trinity Health, based in Livonia, Michigan. For more information visit www.mercyhealthnetwork.com .