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X-Ray Scanning: Save Space, Save Lives

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More businesses are realising their true potential by embracing the digital revolution, and choosing to digitise their documents. From electronic invoice systems to implementing a digital mailroom, there are lots of ways for companies to improve efficiency and save office space. However, most people aren’t aware of the possibility of digitising X-ray scans – or the benefits of doing so. Here’s our ultimate list of advantages of scanning X-rays, and why we think all organisations which use X-rays on a regular basis should consider switching to digital copies.

Save Space

The benefits of removing paper copies of other documents apply to digitising X-rays too. With many hospitals and dentists surgeries taking hundreds of X-ray scans a day, and having to be kept in medical records for years to come, this demands a lot of storage space. By eliminating the physical copy of the X-ray, staff can eliminate the need for storage space – allowing space to be used for more useful equipment or essentials.

Also, if an organisation or department is switching to digital medical records, it also makes sense to start using digital X-rays. Then these can be attached to a patient’s electronic record for easy access.

Increase productivity

Digital X-rays can be searched through instantly, making finding a particular patient’s X-ray super fast. Files can be located by searching by name of patient, name of practitioner or date of the scan. This allows X-rays to be processed much faster, and the entire operation in the department to improve in efficiency.

Instant Second Opinion

Digital documents can be shared instantly – with people who may not be at the same location. In many cases, doctors need a second opinion for diagnosis and sometimes X-rays need to be sent for an off-site diagnosis. Using digital X-rays abolishes this process, as they can be sent electronically instantly to receive a much quicker diagnosis. While on the surface this improves efficiency and makes life easier for medical staff, it could essentially save lives if ailments are spotted faster and patients don’t have to wait for an official diagnosis, as a faster diagnosis means faster treatment. Whether a consultant is on another floor or in another country, X-rays can be shared and discussed for an accurate diagnosis.

More Patients

As the entire X-ray scanning process in shortened thanks to digitisation, facilities should have the ability to take in more patients each week for scans.

Boost in Morale

Once medical professionals can see that operations are becoming more efficient, and as a result healthcare is improving, it will have a positive effect on all staff. If people are given the means to perform their job better, of course this will make them feel happier, especially if they are able to help more people with their skills.

X-ray scanning - Potential Uses

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When it comes to X-rays there are many more industries that use the technique than just hospitals. Here at Pearl Scan we are no strangers to the X-ray industry. We have helped hundreds, if not thousands of professional companies embrace the digital revolution. Find out who uses X-rays and why.

Current Uses

The biggest industry that uses X-ray technology is medicine. Commonly used in the form of X-ray machines, these take pictures of a patient’s body to identify potential bone fractures and other bodily abnormalities. They are also used in airports to check customer’s baggage. One of the lesser known applications of X-ray is the area of art history. Historians use X-rays to see if a picture has been painted on top of another. Vets also rely on X-rays to help treat animals.

How X-rays work

When a machine is taking X-ray images, a piece of photographic film is placed in front of an object. The X-ray is then turned on briefly, and the image is transferred to the film.

Advantages of X-ray scanning

X-ray digitisation can help improve the productivity of any radiology department, no matter the field of medicine they work in. Digital X-rays can be viewed almost anywhere in the world. This can make searching faster, and improve the access to vital X-rays without putting any lives in danger. It can also significantly reduce the amount of time spent finding a physical version of an X-ray in patient files.

Space Saving
Space is vital for all sectors and industries. Physical X-rays can take up a huge amount of space. Once transferred to a digital format, space can be freed up and used for other purposes. For example, hospitals can use the extra space for extra beds or machinery. Once transferred to a digital archive, digital X-rays can be disposed of or put into deep storage.

This saved space also means that companies could save money. The space that would be taken up by storage can be used more productively, especially if storage is outsourced. Money that is spent can then be plumped back into areas that would benefit from more spending.

Off Site Diagnosis
Some cases need the opinion of an expert who may not be onsite at a particular time. Transferring to digital operations means that X-rays that are scanned can be emailed or viewed remotely for a faster diagnosis.

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Increase Efficiency and Productivity By Scanning X-Rays

x ray banner1From dentists to healthcare specialists to the oil and gas industry, x-rays are used across the country for research and life saving purposes. With productivity down in a large number of these industries, we’re going to present one way it can be improved without compromising in other areas.

What is X-Ray Scanning?

X-ray scanning is the process of digitising x-rays using state of the art scanners which will capture a digital image and convert it to PDF, TIFF, Jpeg etc. The digital image can then be fully indexed to ensure the file can be found through a simple text search of patient name, date of birth, date of x-ray or any other relevant field. These digitised x-rays can then be stored in an electronic filing system which is where the efficiency boost comes.

How Does It Speed Up Productivity?xray scan

Storing x-rays digitally will make them easily retrievable, through quick searches of relevant data, and will also mean they can be sent to the relevant people quickly and easily without the hassle of manually sending the x-ray. This quick retrieval and sharing can have positive effects on all kinds of businesses that deal with x-rays on a regular basis such as the dental health sector and the oil industry but in particular, this digitisation will benefit the NHS and healthcare sector.

Going Digital

Back in 2013, health secretary Jeremy Hunt challenged the NHS to go paperless in order to save funds and improve efficiency. With 900 more patients admitted to hospital everyday rising the total to a staggering 42,400 people, the NHS need all the help they can get to speed up patient waiting times. We have mentioned in the past about the benefits of medical record scanning but x-ray scanning can also be added to the digital family and relieve some of that increasing pressure on our healthcare service.

Other Benefits

While scanning x-rays can brings efficiency and productivity boosts, it can also bring more benefits;

  • Costs will be saved on storing large bulks of x-rays
  • Office and hospital space can be freed up without the need to waste valuable space by storing hard copy x-rays.
  • X-rays can reach specialists who may be off-site to aid quicker diagnoses.
  • Morale will be boosted when doctors and nurses can do their jobs more efficiently and the public can see improvements being made.

X-Ray Scanning Servicesx ray scanning service

Pearl Scan can digitise small to large amounts of x-rays and convert them to a range of formats including PDF, TIFF, Jpeg, Bitmap and DICOM. Our service has been audited and approved by many NHS, local authorities and private blue chip companies for security and quality certificates and our scanning projects are completed under strict supervision. We can also handle the entire process from collection and scanning to delivery of digital x-rays, fully indexed, in your preferred format. Our website has more information about x-ray scanning but if there’s anything else you would like to know, give us a call. You can also receive a free, no obligation quote for your scanning project by following the relevant links below.

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