Digital mobile radiography

Stuart S. Sagel, R. Gilbert Jost, Harvey S. Glazer, Paul L. Molina, Dixie J. Anderson, Steven L. Solomon, Joseph Schwarberg

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A storage phosphor digital imaging system has been used to perform virtually all of an increasing number of mobile (portable) projectional roentgenographic examinations in a busy hospital. Approximately 130 such studies are done per day, of which about 110 are chest examinations. The processing unit suffices to keep pace with peak activity in the radiology department. This technique has decreased the repeat rate for portable anteroposterior chest radiographic examinations from 4.5% to less than 1% and has resulted in an even more dramatic reduction in the rate for lateral or decubitus chest examinations as well as for studies of the abdomen and those done in the operating room. The diagnostic accuracy and confidence level achieved in interpreting the complementary pair of digital images has been equivalent to or has exceeded that obtained with conventional mobile analog film-screen radiographs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-48
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Thoracic Imaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1990


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