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Palmer College of Chiropractic acquires Agfa HealthCare Computed Radiology systems


Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic imaging solutions, announces today that Palmer College of Chiropractic has acquired six Agfa HealthCare Computed Radiology solutions. The purchase, made through local Quantum dealer R-Five Inc., includes four CR 35-X systems and two CR 30-X systems, which are being installed at all of Palmer’s imaging facilities within their outpatient clinic centers in Davenport, Iowa; Port Orange, Florida; and San Jose, California. Palmer began using the new Agfa HealthCare solutions in its new Academic Health Center in July and expects the entire installation project to be complete by October 1, 2007. Agfa HealthCare’s CR 30-X and CR 35-X systems will be used both for teaching Palmer’s students the latest radiology examination methods as well as for patient care. All facilities combined perform approximately 1,000 examinations each month.

Agfa HealthCare’s CR 30-X reads imaging plates at the high resolution of 10 pixels/mm for all image plate sizes. With its table-top size and horizontal plate transport, the CR 30-X can be placed at any location easily, even where floor space is limited. The easy to use NX workstation with Agfa HealthCare’s proprietary MUSICATM imaging processing provides fast image preview in seconds. The CR 35-X is a highly versatile digitizer that offers an ideal solution for any decentralized CR environment. The CR 35-X supports a broad range of applications, including general radiography, orthopedics, extremities, dental, and pediatrics. The CR 35-X has both standard and high resolution options.

“These solutions will be of great help to us and will support the advancement of our research on spinal injuries,” said Kurt Wood, D.C., executive dean for clinic affairs, Palmer College of Chiropractic. “With our six new CR systems from Agfa HealthCare and our Quantum Digital radiography rooms we will continue to be at the forefront of this kind of research and care. Our Radiology Department, which conducts X-ray exams for the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics, will be able to provide more high-quality radiographic images, reports and consultations for the clinic staff and excellent opportunities to educate our students in the latest radiographic procedures.”

“In choosing Agfa HealthCare”, Dr. Wood said, “the school was looking for a partner. As the largest chiropractic college in the United States and the only one with three campuses, Palmer sought to develop the most complete program with the most current imaging technologies to benefit its students and patients”. “Palmer prides itself on having one of the most advanced digital radiography systems in the Quad Cities, which includes some very new hospitals,” Dr. Wood added.

“We are pleased to bring these systems to Palmer College of Chiropractic. Agfa HealthCare recognizes that to help them become the best chiropractors of tomorrow, they need the best equipment today,” said David Chambers, vice president, Sales and Service, Americas. “We are proud to be working with a leading institution such as Palmer, helping not only to provide leading healthcare services for its patients but also helping to educate students in the latest technologies.”


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