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Saint Luc Bouge Hospital, Belgium, expands PACS and CR system capabilities

Carestream Health : 04 October, 2007  (New Product)
Saint Luc Bouge, one of Belgium’s leading private teaching hospitals, located in the Province of Namur, has extended its use of PACS and computed radiography (CR) systems from Carestream Health.
The Carestream Health solution is set to become operational in October 2007 managing a total workload, including mammography exams, of over 6.2 Terabytes across the main hospital site and three satellite locations at Andenne, Ciney and Perwez.

The 360-bed Saint Luc Bouge Hospital is a long-term pioneer in digital healthcare technology, first installing PACS and digital capture seven years ago to become the first private hospital in Belgium to be fully digitised.

“Over the years we have enjoyed an excellent relationship with Carestream Health, formerly Kodak’s Health Group, who have always listened to our growing needs and have a history of providing outstanding service and support to our facility,” said Dr Jean-Paul Joris, MD, head of the Medical Imaging Department and medical director at Saint Luc Bouge Hospital. “We are committed to being on the leading edge of healthcare technology and patient care so when we decided to upgrade our current systems and extend the reach of PACS to our three satellite sites, we felt that Carestream Health continued to offer the best enterprise-wide solution to meet our goal.”

Victor Sacre, IT manager at Saint Luc Bouge, played a key role in tailoring the PACS solution to satisfy the hospital’s workflow requirements. “The Carestream PACS platform offered a high degree of flexibility that allowed us to design not one, but three data repositories, a configuration that best suited our needs,” he said. “The PACS fully integrates with the RIS and EPR and intelligently automates each radiology department, which will lead to financial savings from improved efficiency. Patients will benefit from this improved efficiency with reductions in waiting times, a faster diagnosis and confidence in the knowledge that the system is at the cutting edge of technology.”

The Carestream PACS solution at Saint Luc Bouge provides a new centralised software platform for the management of medical images and information across the four hospital sites for the first time. The technology will provide radiologists with faster electronic access to imaging studies and more efficient distribution of images between clinical sites.

The built-in dynamic streaming capabilities of the Carestream PACS makes advanced functionality readily available to authorised users in the main site and the three satellite sites by allowing clinicians to review the first images in an exam while the rest of the study is being transmitted.

The solution also includes optional integrated orthopaedic surgical templating, a digital planning solution that supports specialised surgical templates for trauma cases, in addition to native 3-D imaging.

Amongst other hardware, three Kodak Directview Computed Radiography (CR) Systems are also installed for digital capture of medical X-ray exams, one with Kodak Directview CR Long-Length Imaging System to allow whole spine or legs to be imaged accurately using one single X-ray exposure. In addition, four Kodak Directview CR Mammography Systems are installed to fully digitise mammography exams. Extending PACS Reach to Satellites

Installations at each of the three satellites consists of Kodak Carestream PACS platforms with full mammography reading software, linked to the central PACS with web access for secure image distribution, Kodak Directview Computed Radiography Systems for digital capture, Kodak Direct CD solution and Kodak Dryview Laser Imagers for hard copy external distribution.
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