ORA Orthopedics Speeds Workflow with Viztek Digital X-Ray

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Digital radiography news Raleigh, January 29, 2013 – Viztek has been selected to supply its U-Arm digital radiology (DR) system with advanced image stitching to ORA Orthopedics, a 40-provider multi-specialty orthopedic practice with seven offices in the Quad City area of Illinois and Iowa. The technology, which represents ORA’s first digital radiology implementation, has realized major improvements over existing computed radiography (CR) in image quality, exam volume, patient set-up time and overall satisfaction among patients, physicians, and technologists.

“We are very large and busy practice. ORA has 10 x-ray suites across our facilities, which used CR in a prone imaging configuration prior to the Viztek U-Arm DR. One room still uses film,” said Karen King, RT, Radiology Manager for the practice.  “The transition to the Viztek solution has reaped such significant benefits that we have already ordered a second unit.”

A high image volume, multi-specialty orthopedic practice, ORA completes about 200 x-ray exams daily. King notes that with the Viztek unit, patient positioning is significantly faster because only approximately five percent of the exams require patient imaging on tables and the U-Arm enables these patients to stand during their exams. The unit delivers completed images in four seconds.

“Viztek’s U-Arm makes upright imaging the norm, and that is a significant time-saver,” she says. “Before Viztek, the back-up in x-ray was always keeping our physicians behind.  It was a major issue.  Now in the DR-enabled location, the improvement in overall workflow has been tremendous. The difference is really like night and day.”

King also reports that the image quality is far superior to the existing CR exams. “The physicians are extremely pleased with the exam results, while the technologists appreciate the easier set-up and faster throughput,” she notes. “It has been a win for everyone involved.”

Bruce Ashby, Vice President of Viztek, comments, “Now that ORA has the software and stitching, it allows them to expand and have a user interface that supports advanced imaging requirements. ORA requires very specific views for their physicians and with the new solution from Viztek, the technologist can have pre-loaded stand movement and all APRs for faster movement.”

About Viztek

Viztek is a leading provider of complete digital software and hardware imaging solutions, backed by comprehensive training and support.  The company’s state-of-the-art Opal-RAD PACS and RIS suite delivers advanced connectivity and functionality at an affordable price.  Web-based architecture, with ultra-fast image streaming, ensures timely, efficient communications throughout the enterprise and beyond. With both advanced CR and DR technology, Viztek truly is a one-stop shop.

Since 1999, Viztek’s comprehensive line of solutions has addressed the needs of radiologists, with special emphasis on the hospital market, as well as medical specialists from orthopedists, and urgent care facilities.  Viztek has more than 1500 CR and 700 PACS solutions installed worldwide.  For more information, visit www.viztek.net or call 1-800-366-5343. Viztek is a wholly owned subsidiary of 20/20 HealthCare.

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