Coming soon –Turner Imaging Systems has announced that it will be coming out with a small, light, portable, battery-operated X-ray for Imaging anywhere. Smart-C X-ray device is one of the smallest X-Ray devices which has a tiny C-arm designed for imaging the extremities at the point of care. The device can be used inside clinical offices, surgical suites, and even taken in the field for help with disaster relief. It is a perfect solution for mobile X-ray services worldwide, especially where space is at a premium. In an emergency, X-ray images can be sent to a specialist for consultation via e-mail or cloud services
Mobile X-Ray units are used for radiographic imaging of patients who cannot be moved to the radiology department and who are in areas—such as intensive and critical care units or operating and emergency rooms—that lack standard, fixed radiographic equipment. Usually, mobile radiographic units have a wheeled cart that transports it as it heavy.
The Smart-C weighs in at only 16 pounds (7 Kg) and can be carried by one person without too much trouble. Since it’s powered by a battery, there’s not even a need to have a power outlet to use it. The wireless tablet that comes with it serves as a display. This could be the first battlefield X-ray machine if such capability were necessary.
“The Smart-C will revolutionize how and where doctors use x-rays,” said D. Clark Turner, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Turner Imaging Systems, in a statement. “We envision the Smart-C being particularly useful for humanitarian aid workers, including Doctors Without Borders. Other speciality applications will include imaging in sports medicine, especially on the field or in the locker room, in-office outpatient orthopaedic surgeries, care on military battlefields, extremity injections for pain management, mobile radiology units in rural areas, emergency rooms and much more.”
The system has to be approved by FDA, but Turner Imaging is working on making that happen shortly.