Image: Definium Tempo Fixed X-ray System from GE Healthcare (Photo courtesy of GE Healthcare)
GE Healthcare (Chicago, IL, USA) has introduced the Definium Tempo, a new fixed, overhead tube suspension (OTS) digital X-ray system designed to be a "personal assistant" to radiologists and technologists - leveraging automation to reducing workflow burdens and help radiology departments deliver the best patient care possible.
Definium Tempo is designed to work with the technologist to operate efficiently and provide consistent, high-quality images, while allowing for more quality time with the patient. Acting much like an in-room ‘command center,’ the Definium Tempo’s tube-mounted console provides all the functionality needed for patient selection, protocol selection, technique modification and positioning setup - enabling the technologist to finish all exam setup and positioning work without having to leave the patient’s side. Automated workflows help start an exam and additional features, such as Auto Positioning, Auto Centering and Auto Tracking, automate the positioning of system components to maximize overall ergonomic operation for the technologist, while also helping to improve overall patient experience.
X-ray imaging often provides the entry point to diagnostic imaging - accounting for 60% of all imaging studies conducted. As a result, X-ray technologists, radiology administrators, and radiologists are required to manage an ever-increasing caseload. The daily challenges of heavy lifting, repetitive motions, uneasy patients, and long hours that lead to more than 70% of technologists experiencing work-related injuries. Variability in patient positioning and exam set up can lead to extra dose with ‘repeat and reject’ rates, or the need to retake images, as high as 25%. These pressures add additional burden to already strained Radiology Departments. To help solve these challenges, GE Healthcare has leveraged automation to reduce patient positioning time, physical workload, errors, and image retakes through a user centered design with easy-to-use features that assist in reducing the number of workflow steps and actions required.
To address ‘repeat and reject’ rates that can negatively impact day-to-day clinical operations, the Definium Tempo is also equipped with features to deliver consistent images and help lower variability in patient positioning and image quality. Enabled by live streaming video and 3D depth cameras, the Intelligent Workflow Suite combines computer vision, video analytics and precision engineering to provide a collection of workflow enhancement tools formed by seamlessly combining the 3D video camera, computer vision and video analytics to help address positioning errors, poor image quality due to incorrect patient habitus selection and ambiguities during image reading due to unique conditions. The Intelligent Workflow Suite includes Position Assist, Technique Assist, and Patient Snapshot to help increase patient satisfaction by avoiding image retakes; produce more consistent images to increase technologists’ productivity; and improve clinical confidence by avoiding radiologist follow-up during diagnosis. Additional features include Helix 2.1 Advanced Image Processing of quadruple resolution images provided by FlashPad HD detectors that produce images with exceptional anatomical detail and magnification at low dose, while simultaneously reducing electronic noise to improve patient experience.