Titulo del libro: X-RAY REPAIR: A Comprehensive Guide to the Installation and Servicing of Radiographic Equipment
Autor del libro: Joseph J. Panichello
Edición de libro: Third Edition
Formato de libro: EBook
Date published: 2017
Illustrator: CHARLES C THOMAS PUBLISHER
Número de páginas: 305
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It has been 20 years since the publication of the first edition of X-ray Repair. In that time, the field of Radiology has advanced in ways that would have been difficult to predict. The most notable change relates to the way images are recorded and stored. Film and film processing, which had been used in this field since the very beginning, are becoming a thing of the past. Since the second edition of X-ray Repair (2005), radiography has progressed from using x-ray film as the primary means of recording images, to using computed radiography (CR), and, finally, to digital radiography (DR). Within a few years of this writing, x-ray film and CR technology will no longer be used for medical imaging. Sadly, new students of radiographic technology will never know the art of x-ray filming. This third edition of X-ray Repair will focus on the transition to digital technology.
Fortunately for those who install and repair x-ray equipment—the x-ray service engineers—the basics of x-ray production still apply to the field of radiography. The x-ray generator, tube support, radiographic table, and wall stand are still needed to obtain an x-ray image. With digital imaging, most of the changes apply to image capture and postprocessing.
Another change to healthcare, in general, relates to an aging population, which has changed the way we test, diagnose, and treat patients. Rather than traveling to the hospital, patients can travel shorter distances to smaller satellite medical facilities for their examinations.
They can also go to urgent care centers located within their communities.
This trend has led to a demand for compact, yet high-powered, x-ray units to perform the exams in these smaller facilities. But there are many older patients, or patients with disabilities, who cannot travel outside the home for their examinations. These “non-ambulatory” patients must be examined in their private residences, or at nursing homes and retirement facilities. In response, mobile x-ray has become a growing industry. Mobile x-ray machines are light and compact.
When paired with a digital receptor, these units produce high-quality images for many of the exams commonly performed in hospitals and clinics. The images acquired in the home are transmitted instantly to secured servers where they can be accessed by radiologist for interpretation and diagnosis. This lighting speed technology is the way of the future. For this edition, I have expanded the chapter on mobile xray units to include the latest trends in mobile x-ray services.