The town of Upington on the banks of the Orange / Gariep River in the Northern Cape recently opened a new hospital, the Dr Harry Surtie Hospital, formerly known as the New Upington Hospital. While the main section of the hospital is already up and running, some of the departments are still abuzz with new equipment being installed.
Last week the first Lodox Xmplar-dr full-body, low-dose X-ray scanner was installed just inside the entrance to the trauma unit. Training of radiologists started on Monday, 2 December, and the first patient was also scanned on Monday. The full-body scan revealed a fractured ulna in the forearm, while the lateral C-spine image confirmed a fractured vertebra. As one of the radiographers pointed out, the full-body scan saved a lot of time. If the Lodox scan had not been done, a series of X-ray images of the head, neck, chest and pelvis would have been necessary, with each image at a dose that is about ten times higher than one single Lodox scan.
Several of the doctors who were shown the Xmplar-dr, and several of the radiographers who attended the training, had already seen or encountered the previous Lodox scanner, namely the Statscan, at other hospitals. The radiographers in particular remarked how operating the machine was even more user-friendly and easy compared to the Statscan.
Some of the new features of the Xmplar-dr include a “smart trolley” which moves in synch when rotating the C-arm, as well as a totally re-engineered Graphic User Interface which is even easier to navigate than previously, providing more information and a step-by-step menu of the scan process.
It is hoped that the new Lodox Xmplar-dr will be a highly useful tool in the hospital’s arsenal, saving lives, saving time, improving the workflow and enabling the hospital to deal with polytrauma and severe trauma cases efficiently.