Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett, Arkansas serves one of the largest
counties in the state, covering more than 940 square miles. The medical
center has recently undergone a complete renovation in their Radiology
Department, being the first in the United States to install Carestream’s
new DRX-Excel Plus radiography/fluoroscopy system. "The DRX-Excel
Plus system is an important tool for evaluating patients who may be seriously
injured or critically ill. Its ability to provide rapid digital X-ray
imaging studies and fluoroscopy exams allows our physicians to evaluate
each patient’s condition and prepare them for transport to tertiary
hospitals if needed," said Phillip Gilmore, the hospital’s
Chief Executive Officer.
Using the DRX-Excel Plus means less radiation for patients, cutting the
dosage in half, sometimes even up to 80 percent. Dose-Area Product (DAP)
measurements allow tracking of the exact radiation dose received by each
patient. The machine has the lowest fixed table height in the industry,
meaning easy access for wheelchair patients, stretchers, and pediatric
patients, lowering to 19 inches.
Ashley County Medical Center’s emergency department averages around
750 patients a month. Purchasing the Excel Plus, as well as the Carestream’s
Evolution, a digital remote X-Ray unit, was part of the hospital’s
transition to the latest generation of digital low radiation imaging equipment (Carestream).
The department also installed the first Fuji Aspire Cristalle Digital Mammography
unit in Arkansas. This unit offers one of the most progressive digital
mammography systems to help detect early signs of breast cancer. In addition,
Parascript’s AccuDetect Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) for mammography,
was the first installed in the United States with Fuji Aspire Cristalle.
The software uses several independent cancer detection procedures and
a unique patented voting methodology to combine its results. Linking the
results of the various image recognition processes permits for enhanced
sensitivity and reduced false-positive rates.
“Our radiologists use Parascript CAD mammography software because
it’s more accurate. Getting Parascript software gives us the state
of the art technology. It lets people know that we are serious about taking
care of their health and taking care of their families,” said Ronnie
Dillion, Director of Radiology at ACMC.
In addition, the all-digital department also houses the first 128 slice
GE CT scanner in the state. The department also includes a new GE digital
C-Arm for surgery, a new digital Carestream portable unit, 3-D/4-D ultrasound,
Bone Densitometry, and Siemens 1.5 tesla MRI. Since the opening of the
state of the art all-digital, low radiation dose Radiology Department,
Ashley County Medical Center has been welcoming radiology guests to their
facility. Hospital officialsfrom across the country and literally around
the world have been visiting the department. Visitors from: Argentina,
Mexico, Philadelphia, Kentucky, Alabama, Arizona, and Jefferson Regional
Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Some of these hospitals that have been visiting
are muchlarger than Ashley County Medical Center.
“We are proud to be the healthcare provider for Ashley County and
the surrounding areas. We strive for excellence in technology and care,
always putting our patients we serve first,” said Gilmore.
Ashley County Medical Center.
Ashley County Medical Center