Medical equipment for radiology, radiotherapy, and medical imaging
Radiology, radiotherapy, and medical imaging
Radiology is a specialty of medicine that uses x-rays and other types of radiation to diagnose and treat various diseases and conditions, such as cancers, fractures, deformities, and injuries. There are several types of radiological examinations: plain radiography (or x-ray), interventional radiology, mammography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (or MRI), bone densitometry, and computed tomography (or CT-Scan). Radiological examinations are performed by radiological technologists in hospitals and radiology clinics using specialized medical equipment. Radiation therapy is one of the therapeutic applications of radiology. It is a cancer treatment that uses radiation to destroy cancer cells or reduce the size of tumors. There are internal and external radiation therapy techniques, each requiring specialized medical equipment.
Medical imaging is a diagnostic and observation technique that provides images of the inside of the body. Health professionals use it to diagnose disorders or diseases. It is also used to follow the evolution of the disease once the diagnosis is made. Imaging examinations require specialized medical equipment, such as positioning tables and radiology chairs.
Radiotherapy, radiography, and some medical imaging techniques use x-rays. This radiation can harm tissues at high doses or with repeated exposure. Therefore, to adequately protect patients and healthcare professionals who perform these examinations, it is essential to have the proper medical equipment and to follow strict radiation protection rules. In addition, to prevent injuries related to the handling of equipment and patient positioning, the equipment used by medical technicians must be ergonomically designed.
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Medical equipment in radiotherapy rooms
The rooms used for external radiation therapy sessions are usually equipped with a linear gas pedal, a machine that emits the radiation beams, and a treatment table on which the patient is seated. During a radiation therapy session, the patient must remain still. It is, therefore, essential to choose comfortable medical equipment that helps the patient maintain the correct position throughout the treatment. Proper patient positioning on the treatment table is essential to the radiation therapy session. A stable treatment table that is easy to handle and offers precise adjustment options should be used. In addition, having a treatment table that offers simple controls and requires little physical effort helps reduce the risk of injury to technologists when positioning a patient.
Medical equipment in radiology and medical imaging rooms
Radiology technologists must position the patient and handle the equipment during an X-ray examination. This places a strain on their posture. To avoid occupational injuries and musculoskeletal disorders, it is essential that the X-ray examination room is appropriately set up and that ergonomic medical equipment is used. For example, x-ray equipment can be installed that is programmed to position itself according to the area to be examined automatically. The technologist then has to do less manipulation to place the equipment properly. Using a positioning table with electrical adjustment mechanisms is another way to reduce the effort required by the health care professional to properly position the patient and obtain an accurate image of the area to be examined.
The clientele that uses radiological examinations is also very varied. It is, therefore, essential to use medical equipment that meets the needs of each type of patient. For example, for a patient with obesity, medical technicians must use oversized medical equipment that ensures the patient’s comfort and can safely support their weight. For patients with limited mobility, it is important to choose medical equipment that reduces the risk of falls and offers several adjustment options to facilitate patient positioning.
Positioning tables for radiology
Positioning tables are used for the preparation of patients for radiotherapy treatment. During such a treatment, the patient must be placed in a precise position and remain immobile. Therefore, positioning accessories molded to the patient must be made by radiation oncology technicians. Hospitals often perform patient preparation in the radiation treatment room. This means that the room is occupied by a patient who is not undergoing treatment. A good and inexpensive solution is to add a positioning table in a second room reserved for patient preparation. This optimizes the use of the radiotherapy treatment room, as hospitals can perform up to twice as many treatments per day.
The XYZ positioning table is a good choice of medical equipment for the patient preparation room. It is equipped with electric adjustments and combines several useful features and benefits for radiation oncology technologists. It was designed to help medical technicians correctly position patients without effort or lifting. It allows height adjustment from 22.3″ to 38″ and three-axis movement (X, Y, and Z). A backlit hand remote controls these adjustments. The XYZ positioning table has four 5″ dual wheels, controlled by a central brake system, and has a maximum capacity of 350 pounds.
Treatment tables for medical imaging and radiotherapy
Treatment tables are another medical equipment frequently used in radiology and medical imaging rooms. There are a variety of treatment tables on the market, each with different features depending on their application. The ECHO-FLEX line of treatment tables is one of the most popular choices for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. They all share a common ergonomic feature: they have a curved mattress. This curve in the mattress allows the healthcare professional to get closer to the patient during an examination while maintaining an ergonomic posture.
There are several models of ECHO-FLEX treatment tables. Each has specific features to meet different medical applications. In medical imaging, the main treatment table used is the ECHO-FLEX 5002. The ECHO-FLEX 4400-DO treatment table and the ECHO-FLEX 4400-GY treatment table are a simplified version of the ECHO-FLEX 4800 and ECHO-FLEX 5002 models. ECHO-FLEX treatment tables are also used for other medical applications, such as cardiology, echocardiography, gynecology, and ultrasound.
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Medical imaging chairs
To perform x-rays on patients with limited mobility, specialized medical equipment must be used. In radiology, medical professionals frequently use medical imaging chairs. The ERGO XR2 radiology chair is a popular model for healthcare facilities. This chair makes it easy to position the patient while keeping them safely in place.
In addition, using such a chair helps reduce the risk of falls during patient transfers. The ERGO XR2 radiology chair also has several other useful features. For example, the armrests are retractable to facilitate lateral imaging, and the sliding, height-adjustable seat is made of vinyl that resists hospital cleaning products. In short, the ERGO XR2 medical imaging chair is a recommended piece of radiology equipment. It is the only one of its kind to have a central brake system to facilitate the work of healthcare personnel who serve clients with reduced mobility.