GE Healthcare gives digital radiography system green status

9 April 2009

GE Healthcare has given its first line of digital radiography X-ray products ecomagination status, based on the systems’ energy and operational efficiency.

The company’s digital x-ray technology enables digital image review, thereby eliminating the film and chemicals used by an analog processor. For example, eliminating 50,000 analog films saves 1,900 gallons (7,200 litres) of fixer and developer per year. Avoiding the need of analog film processing also removes the need to purchase, handle and dispose of processing developer and fixer chemicals.

A GE Healthcare digital x-ray room is designed to replace two GE analog x-ray rooms, saving energy and space, and avoiding water and chemical use for film processing, while maintaining the same imaging volume.

“With this line of radiology systems, we are not only delivering on our commitment to provide safe, high-quality products, but also providing clinics a cost savings and opportunity to reduce their environmental impact,” said John Dineen, president and CEO of GE Healthcare.

Ecomagination is GE’s commitment to produce technologies that address environmental and financial needs, such as the need for cleaner, more efficient sources of energy. To join the ecomagination portfolio, a system must complete the company’s rigorous internal environmental and operational evaluation.

A digital radiography X-ray system has the potential to reduce energy consumption by 4,300 kWh or 78%, and save approximately US$100,000 per year in productivity and material costs based on US national averages.

“By replacing our analog X-ray with GE digital systems, we have reduced our water and energy costs by eliminating the need to use analog film processing,” said Ken D'Arrigo, Administrator from Orthopedic Care Specialists, Inc., in Easton, MA “We have also seen an increase in volume of imaging and overall throughput with the digital systems.”

The digital X-ray product line includes the Discovery XR650, Optima XR640, DR-F, Definium 8000, Definium 6000, Definium 5000 and Definium AMX 700. System availability is based on geography.

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