Community Hospital Anderson

Community Hospital Anderson Enhances Patient Care with Cutting-edge Digital X-ray Technology

Community Hospital Anderson, a Level III Trauma Center just 40 miles outside of Indianapolis, provides care for Madison and surrounding counties.  Affiliated with the Community Health Network, Community Hospital Anderson delivers a wide range of services including state-of-the-art medical imaging.

Community Hospital Anderson has been strategically migrating to digital radiography (DR) over the last few years.  “Our wireless Konica Minolta DR panels have transformed the way we deliver radiographic imaging to our patients,” said Bob Reed, Administrative Director of Radiology at Community Hospital Anderson.  “The transition to DR has realized many patient benefits including faster exam times, excellent image quality and lower radiation dose.”

Utilizing novel direct-contact scintillator technology, the Konica AeroDR panel delivers outstanding image quality with significantly lower radiation than previous detector generations.  “There are some procedures where we’ve realized a two-thirds reduction in radiation dose,” commented Reed.  “With such significant reductions in dose, you’d expect a compromise in image quality – but that hasn’t been the case with the Konica detector.”

The wireless Konica AeroDR panel provides the flexibility to work in any number of equipment configurations including portable, wall stand or table bucky tray.  “With CR technology, we could have a technologist perform a portable exam on one floor and process the cassettes on another floor – only to realize they need to return to the patient to capture different or additional information.  With wireless DR technology, images are displayed in a few seconds, right at the point-of-care.  It’s a tremendous convenience for the patient and staff,” said Reed.  Physicians at Community Hospital Anderson also realize the benefits of the flexible Konica DR technology.  “Our radiologists appreciate the ability to utilize several preset reconstruction algorithms.  They can quickly reprocess studies to visualize soft tissue, bone and chest windows, right at the operator console.”

The lightest DR panel on the market, the Konica AeroDR detector utilizes a unique lithium-ion capacitor to replace conventional battery technology found in other DR panels.  This modern design eliminates liquid intrusion and simplifies the charging process.  “Without the conventional battery, the Konica panel appears very similar in design to a tablet PC,” said Reed.  “Our technologists don’t have to remove batteries and then charge and replace them.  They simply place the entire panel in the charging station – and it even charges directly in the bucky.”

Community Hospital Anderson also utilizes the Konica DR technology with its two Shimadzu RADspeed digital X-ray systems.  Shimadzu’s RADspeed was recently given the 2014 “Best in KLAS” award for digital X-ray by the third-party market group KLAS.  This marks the fifth time the RADspeed has received the honor.  “The RADspeed is a very intuitive system to operate,” according to Reed.  “Several “one-touch” functions make it easy-to-use during even the most challenging exams that come through our trauma center.”

About Community Hospital Anderson

Deeply committed to the communities we serve, Community Hospital Anderson enhances the health and well-being of patients through an exceptional healthcare experience.   Serving the needs of Madison and surrounding counties since 1962, we pride ourselves in providing high-quality care for all ages. Delivering nearly 70% of births in the county, we are the hospital of choice for OB services and have received the "Baby Friendly" designation from the World Health Organization.  Providing a true continuum of care throughout all stages of life, Community Hospital Anderson also owns and operates five extended care facilities.  To learn more, visit www.communityanderson.com

About Community Health Network

Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes.  As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services.  To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.