DICOM paper-print solution saves film costs and improves communication with referring physicians and patients
Rochester, N.Y., December 6, 2011. aycan, a recognized worldwide leader in medical imaging, announced today the successful installation of two additional aycan xray-print solutions at Frederick Memorials’ healthcare facilities in Frederick, Maryland. Since 2007, aycan has installed a total of six systems for the healthcare system.
Frederick Memorial chose aycan xray-print, a vendor neutral DICOM paper-print solution, to replace film printers in all of its six healthcare facilities to help improve communication with referring physicians and patients and reduce costs. Compatible with PACS and modalities using the DICOM 3.0 standard, the aycan xray-print solutions fit seamlessly into Frederick Memorials’ existing workflow.
“In addition to the tremendous cost savings, aycan’s expert knowledge of DICOM, the very smooth integration, and excellent continued service and support are the reasons we chose them again to replace our remaining film systems,” said Brian Petrie, PACS Administrator at Frederick Memorial. “Since our first aycan xray-print installation in 2007, we have achieved well over 70% savings in our annual film costs as well as improving communications with our customers.”
aycan xray-print prints images on plain paper in color or black and white at less than 10 cents per sheet. Customers replacing film with paper also achieve additional savings through the elimination of expenses associated with the special handling, storage, and transportation of film.
“Hospitals and imaging centers are seeking inexpensive ways to produce non-diagnostic prints of sufficient quality that physicians can use for treatment planning and consultation with colleagues and patients,” said Frank Burkhardt, aycan Director, North & Latin American Operations. “aycan xray-print meets that need, allowing health care professionals to easily and cost effectively print, share, review, annotate, and store high-quality images.”
aycan xray-print hardware and software are optimized for medical imagery, and features, such as Presentation Look-Up Tables (PLUT), are easily accessed to set defaults and adjust image-quality output settings such as brightness, gray scale, and contrast for each modality. Introduced in 1996, aycan xray-print has over 2,000 customers worldwide.
With a focus on vendor neutral integration and service, aycan is a worldwide provider of solutions for archiving, viewing, and printing medical images and information that improve workflow efficiency and drive down costs. aycan works with other industry innovators such as Apple, Xerox, MedQ, and EIZO whose quality products are part of their solutions. aycan supports customers worldwide with European headquarters in Wuerzburg, Germany, and U.S. headquarters in Rochester, New York. The company is privately held. Learn more at www.aycan.com
ABOUT Frederick Memorial Health Care System
Frederick Memorial Health Care System, located in Frederick County Maryland, was established in 1901 with the opening of Frederick City Hospital. Since then it has grown into a state-of-the-art healthcare facility with one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the state of Maryland. Frederick County is the second fastest growing county in Maryland with an estimated population of more than 233,000. Learn more at www.fmh.org
Dennis van Keken