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Case study Dr. Stephan Grumbrecht

Turn old into new Mobile radiography detector introduces new brilliance

The handy wireless detector is as flexible as an X-ray cassette. The maintenance-free battery is recharged in only 30 minutes.

At the start of 2011, Dr. Stephan Grumbrecht decided to digitize conventional X-ray technology in addition to mammography. While he decided on a complete solution for mammography, he retrofitted the bucky workstation with a mobile WLAN detector which he can use simultaneously, like a conventional X-ray cassette, in the bucky tray, on the wall stand and for free exposures. With the Aero DR mobile detector from Konica Minolta, the radiologist digitized the radiographic equipment economically and with little effort.

Modern radiology thrives on short workflows and digital images. Thus Dr. Grumbrecht did not even consider an imaging plate system when he sought to modernise the conventional X-ray workstation. However, he did not want to dispense with the tried and trusted and fully functional X-ray system either. While searching for a suitable solution, the radiologist found what he was looking for in Konica Minolta and the Aero DR mobile WLAN detector. “I was won over by the overall concept of this solution from the outset. A light wireless detector and the system control via touch screen

Weighing a mere 2.9 kg, the Aero DR from Konica Minolta is not only handy, but is also the lightest mobile WLAN detector in the world.

were deciding factors in the purchase”, recalls Dr. Grumbrecht. A comparison of the features of available systems quickly revealed the advantages of the Konica Minolta system.

X-rays simplified X-ray films and developer chemicals posed a significant cost factor in the past. Dr. Grumbrecht explains: “If one factors in the faster workflows and the reduction of the archive in the payback period, the investment will have already paid for itself in a few years.” Unlike in the past, the digital images are stored on

Dr. Stephan Grumbrecht decided in favour of the Aero DR from Konica Minolta because of, among other things, the light detector, the WLAN technology and the simple touch screen operation.

small economical hard disks in a PACS. At the touch of a button, the radiologist loads previous images within seconds on his diagnostic workstation in order to compare them with current images. Roswitha Gärtner and Monika Bitzl, radiographers in the Augsburg radiology practice, are also won over by the new digital technology. With just a few clicks, they have adjusted the images so that Dr. Stephan Grumbrecht can start the diagnosis directly at his workplace. Values for the optimal display on the screen are stored in the system for all imaging situations, and thus the assistants have to readjust the images slightly only in isolated cases. The image quality of the extremely light

Case study Dr. Stephan Grumbrecht

Immediately after the recording, Roswitha Gärtner sees the preview image on the CS-7 preview station. It is prepared for the diagnosis with only a few keystrokes.

Robust monocoque design digital radiography detector is impressive. Weighing a mere 2.9 kg, it is the lightest mobile flat panel detector with WLAN technology in the world. The system uses wireless technology to transfer the images within a few seconds to the CS-7 preview station, where the radiographs can be seen immediately after the recording. The 35 x 43 cm flat panel has over 4.8 million pixels (1,994 x 2,430) and thus ensures a resolution of 175 μm pixels.

The batteries and the extremely robust monocoque design of the housing are outstanding for the Aero DR from Konica Minolta. The battery is completely maintenance-free and does not have to be replaced during the entire service life of the flat panel detector. Once empty, it is recharged again in about 30 minutes. The carbon/glass fibre design of the housing can withstand even severe shocks and high pressures. It thus prevents damage to the edges of the scintillator by impacts and stresses in daily operation. Dr. Stephan Grumbrecht has been

receiving consistently positive feedback about his new digital X-ray system from his patients. They really appreciate how the doctor is now able to show them the diagnosis on the monitor in minute detail. Nothing remains hidden with the continuous zoom function and the brightness and contrast control. “The advantages of modern digital X-ray technology become apparent particularly with handheld recordings. I can see everything exactly with the image processing tools, regardless of whether it is soft tissue or bone”, the radiologist describes his new work method.

Case study Dr. Stephan Grumbrecht

Instead of X-ray films, patients in the radiology practice in Salewa Haus in Augsburg today receive CDs or printouts, depending on which doctor referred them to the radiology practice. Dr. Grumbrecht and his assistants quickly knew exactly the preferences of those colleagues who do the referring.

Better image quality “The best thing about the mobile digital detector from Konica Minolta is that everything can be done much faster”, the X-ray assistants Roswitha Gärtner and Monika Bitzl reply unanimously when asked about the advantages of the new technology. The Aero DR not only speeds up the workflow, but the digital technology also simplifies everything else”. The employees no longer have to concern themselves with ordering or storing X-ray films and chemicals. In short, there is more time for patients. The quality of the X-ray photographs has improved significantly in the Augsburg radiology practice. And digital image processing saves

Dr. Stephan Grumbrecht: “Digital radiography speeds up workflows significantly.

patients from some repeat recordings. The modern system concept from Konica Minolta enables Dr. Grumbrecht to cover the entire application spectrum of radiological recording techniques with only one detector. With the mere 2.9 kg flat panel, it is easy to carry out 25 to 30 examinations daily. Without any major effort, the radiologist

One can also clearly highlight and explain the diagnosis on the monitor to the patient.”

has succeeded in turning the “old” X-ray system into a new modern digital X-ray system, and thus continues to offer his patients radiodiagnostics at the highest level.

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Konica Minolta is a leading provider of medical imaging systems. University clinics, hospitals, radiology centres and private practices put their trust in the modern technology provided by this company. Minolta’s product portfolio includes REGIUS digital imaging systems, DR systems, DRYPRO dry laser printers, SRX film developing equipment as well as medical x-ray and laser films. During these times of technological evolution in which the imaging system industry across the globe is moving towards digitalization, Konica Minolta has kept its reputation for innovation and its position as a technology leader by providing systems matched precisely to the needs of the customer.