In a world that is rapidly embracing mobility and flexibility, healthcare organizations across many specialties are no different. Digital imaging tools such as portable X-ray machines help increase efficiency, enhance patient care, improve accessibility, and reduce costs. However, choosing the right portable X-ray machine can be daunting, considering the variety available in the market. This article offers helpful insights to guide you through selecting the ideal mobile X-ray solution for your organization.
Mobile imaging solutions like portable X-ray machines play a critical role in healthcare. They allow medical staff to capture diagnostic images at the patient’s bedside or in settings outside radiology departments. This provides faster diagnoses and treatment for patients. It also reduces the risks and difficulties of transporting patients around healthcare facilities.
Portable X-ray machines enable medical staff to capture X-ray images wherever needed. This includes hospitals, emergency rooms, pediatric centers, urgent care facilities, nursing homes, and makeshift medical facilities for emergency needs or remote areas. The key benefit is bringing imaging capabilities directly to patients.
This eliminates transporting sick or injured patients long distances through hospitals. It also allows faster diagnoses so patients get treatment quicker. Portable capabilities are vital, considering early treatment is critical for many health conditions.
There are several valuable benefits that portable X-ray machines provide healthcare providers and patients:
- Faster diagnosis and treatment for patients
- Reduced safety risks by avoiding patient transportation
- Flexible imaging in more hospital locations and community settings
- Continuity of care for critically ill or injured patients
With many portable X-ray machine models available from various manufacturers, choosing one suited to your organization’s needs is important. Several key factors should be evaluated:
Consider the types of exams and images required to support precise diagnoses across various departments. This guides specifications like image quality, battery life, and connectivity options. For example, an emergency department may require rapid imaging for triage decisions, while an oncology ward needs quality images to monitor treatment efficacy over time.
The expected patient volume requiring portable X-ray also determines specifications. Will the machine be rarely used for select cases? Or seeing constant daily use across many patients? High-volume usage requires rapid rechargeable batteries and the ability to capture over a thousand images on a single charge. Lower use may allow more straightforward battery options.
When selecting a portable x-ray machine, consider its weight, size, maneuverability, and ease of transport between exam rooms or locations. Lighter, more compact units with smooth-rolling wheels facilitate quick relocation without straining staff or hindering workflow.
Assess sharpness, contrast, distortion, noise, geographic coverage, resolution, and other metrics on standard phantoms. Compare images to known benchmarks and evaluate the ability to consistently capture fine details needed for confident diagnosis across various anatomy.
Assess expected battery life based on the number of X-rays per charge needed for your workflow. Also, consider charge time from empty to partial or complete charge to understand the required downtime. Quick emergency top-off charges and lasting idle time power are especially crucial for portable flexibility.
Do you recognize the need for a portable X-ray machine at your facility? If so, explore Solutions for tomorrow’s line of mobile X-ray units to find the one that’s a perfect fit for your operations.
When selecting a portable X-ray machine for your healthcare organization, it’s essential to closely evaluate the features and capabilities of different models to ensure you choose the system that best fits your needs.
Solutions for tomorrow’s !M1 mobile imaging unit has many attractive features and benefits, including:
- Enhanced maneuverability
- The most compact size and weight available on the market
- No dependency on traditional radiology equipment or areas
- Remote imaging capabilities
- Improved efficiency
The Premium !M1 portable system provides high-resolution X-ray imaging combined with advanced features and advantages, such as:
- Over nine hours of high-resolution imaging from virtually anywhere
- Any time, anywhere, imaging capabilities
- Produces high-resolution imaging, even as battery power lowers
- 1,200 images per full charge
- RFID technology allows for second display options on other devices
The !M1x transportable X-ray unit provides complete point-of-care imaging functionality:
- The all-in-one design houses a tube head, detector, controls, and accessories
- Locking rear wheels and pull handle allow easy transport
- Superior efficiency, especially for use in remote locations
- Strong drive motors
- Rain cover
- High ground clearance for increased maneuverability
With its self-contained transportable configuration, the !M1x simplifies bringing X-ray imaging to the patient location.
Optional mobile X-ray accessories can further expand the utility of portable imaging systems:
!Mobile Wall Stand
Solutions for tomorrow’s !Moble Wall Stand allows you to transform any space into a fully capable imaging center. With no need for a power source, you can set up the easy-to-move wall stand anywhere to capture imaging that meets and exceeds the quality of traditional equipment.
!Mobile RAD Room
Whether on a military ship, at a refugee camp, or in your healthcare facility’s hallway, the !Mobile RAD Room allows you to treat any available space as a radiology center. Along with the portable X-ray machine of your choice, the RAD Room includes a mobile wall stand and patient table for ease of use and maximized comfort.
X-Tech Cell Battery®
Solutions for tomorrow developed the most advanced battery on the market. The X-tech cell® battery boasts nine hours of operational use and can provide up to 1,200 images per full charge. The fast charging solution goes from 0% battery life to fully charged in just 90 minutes. And if you are in desperate need, a 10-minute charge allows up to an hour of operating time.
Since 2016, we’ve been providing true X-ray mobility. While many companies offer portable X-ray machines, they’re often just another product amongst a sea of others. But at Solutions for tomorrow, our sole focus is mobile imaging equipment. As the creators of the most advanced solutions, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve our products to better service you. We welcome you to contact us to schedule an in-person demonstration to see the impact our mobile units can have on your imaging operations.