Wadley Regional Medical Center has recently installed a new
Fluoroscopy Room that will benefit patients needing procedures to diagnose and treat
various conditions. The new digital Philips fluoroscopy system is state-of- the-art and is one
of only two in the United States. Flown in from Germany, the new Philips CombiDiagnost
R90 is a remote controlled fluoroscopy system in combination with high-end digital
Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures– similar to an X-ray "movie." A
continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined such as an upper
gastrointestinal series to examine the esophagus, stomach and small intestine, or a barium
enema to examine the colon. The beam is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body
part and its motion can be seen in detail.
With cutting-edge digital radiography capabilities, it converts a traditional fluoroscopy room
into a high throughput 2-in- 1 solution. This system offers fast, confident diagnoses with
superb images while reducing radiation exposure through automatic adjustments. Other
advantages include the ability to handle patients weighing up to 626 pounds without
restricting movement and the tabletop is able to accommodate mobile compromised patients by lowering the tabletop to easily transfer.
The increased weight capacity is very important because in the past, these large patients were not able to have the exam performed.
Before having this new capability, there was a need to use fluoroscopy prior to the actual test to determine the required parameters. This is no longer needed for digital exposures. Short
exposure times with automatic adjustment in real time for all patients and applications to
guarantee consistent, high image quality without motion blur – regardless of the patient’s
individual physical characteristics. Wadley’s radiologic technologists have been specifically
trained on this new equipment to ensure patient comfort and quality images for accurate