The Radiological Society of North America hosts the world’s largest annual radiological conference, RSNA, in Chicago, Illinois. This year, RSNA ran from 1 – 6 December. Unfortunately, with too many irons in the fire at the moment, Lodox was not able to attend the conference this year.
Despite our absence, Lodox has obviously left a mark in the field. The RSNA website referred to us in an article on how radiology is playing a pivotal role in managing mass disasters. Dr James P. Borgstede, M.D. and professor of radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, explained how “radiology plays such an integral role in decision making.” He was referring to the way the hospital managed the victims of the mass shooting at a movie theatre showing of the movie The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012. He explained how, “to a large extent the ED [Emergency Department] was waiting for our reads on these patients so they could decide how to triage them.”
This is exactly where the Lodox low-dose, full-body X-ray scanner can improve the workflow in a busy trauma/casualty setting. A full-body image can be acquired in just 13 seconds, right there in the ED, and trauma doctors can make life-saving decisions in situ.This was the case in the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, which is equipped with a Lodox Statscan. Three gunshot victims of the September 16 Washington Navy Yard shooting were imaged and treated in this hospital. Dr James Jelinek, M.D. and chairman of the hospital centre’s Department of Radiology, explained how “the scanner is particularly useful for victims who have been sprayed with gunfire or [who have] suffered shrapnel wounds from explosive devices like improvised explosive devices (IEDs)”.
What wasn’t mentioned is that there is also a Lodox Statscan at the Consolidated Forensics Laboratories in Washington, D.C., which is used for forensic applications, and which is indispensable in the case of mass disasters where full-body images and quick throughput times are important.
The Aunt Minnie site summed up the top five trends from RSNA 2013. Two of the trends align directly with what Lodox offers:
Trend #3. Informatics seizes the limelight
Lodox directly supports the “The push toward accountable care models and the ever-growing need for efficiency gains and smarter radiology workflow” by providing large-format, high-quality, full-body images that can reduce the number of inappropriate imaging studies.
Trend #5. Medical imaging is no longer a healthcare cost driver
As unnecessary imaging studies can be avoided if sufficient information is available from a Lodox image, the hospital using a Lodox scanner can cut down on further imaging costs, thus saving time and using personnel and resources more effectively where they are needed. Ultimately, this also translates into savings for health insurance providers and for patients.
Finally, Trend #2 (Everyone’s talking about breast density and DBT) is also good news for another South African company, namely CapeRay. This company is developing a low-dose mammography system that will incorporate several features in its arsenal for detecting breast cancer at an early stage.