It’s not always possible for patients to get to a doctor’s office or clinic when they need an x-ray performed. Portable x-ray machine technology provides patients and doctors with a solution to this problem. Mobile, easy-to-use, and safe, the use of portable x-ray machines can come with a number of benefits, including increased quality of care and number of lives saved.
What sets portable x-ray machines apart from more traditional x-ray machines is (perhaps obviously) their portability. With portable x-ray machines, doctors have the option to serve out-of-office clients who would otherwise have difficulty making a trip to their doctor’s office.
Even within a clinical setting, portable x-ray machines allow doctors to both treat many patients efficiently and shift the machine’s position instead of having to move injured or ill patients.
The smallest portable x-ray machines are handheld and weigh on average below 20 lbs, with the lightest coming in at around 9 lbs. Slightly larger (but still lightweight) models can maneuver easily on wheels. All of these machines take up much less room than traditional machines, conserving valuable space.
As our recent use of portable X-ray machines to help rebuild Puerto Rico alongside our partner Clinics on Wheels makes clear, there is a need for portable X-ray machines in diverse, non-clinic-based situations. However, the application of these machines shouldn’t be confined to such extreme conditions. The following types of clinics and patients benefit from the flexibility of portable x-ray machines.
- Clinics that serve rural areas and patients who live in those rural areas
- Elderly patients, particularly those who are housebound by weather (such as snow) or immobility
- Military units in the field
- Sports teams
- Ship-based medical facilities and other isolated areas
- Veterinary clinics
- Small clinics
- Walk-in clinics
- Nursing homes
- Dental offices
- Urgent care centers
Portable x-ray machines are known for their intuitive and efficient design. These easy-to-use machines also interface well with other technologies and PACS systems. Using DR, high-quality images taken on these machines can be transferred immediately to your laptop which, in turn, can be sent to a medical facility. These adaptations can cut down on the expenses incurred by dark rooms and emergency vehicles.
Portable x-ray machines are safe to use. The shield mounted on the front of the unit protects from scattered radiation. However, it is important to purchase your portable x-ray machine from a reputable seller. Cheap knock-off versions of portable x-ray machines often skimp on safety measures.
When patients do not have to take an arduous trip to the hospital to receive what is sometimes a 20-minute scan, a radiologist’s work becomes much less burdensome. Individuals who might not have received treatment are now empowered to seek out medical attention, and radiologists who might not have been able to treat a remote patient are now able to provide it.
All Star X-ray provides top-of-the-line portable x-ray technology
The result of these benefits is an increased quality of care and the possibility of more lives saved. All Star X-ray can provide expert advice on which portable x-ray machines could best fit the needs your practice. If you would like to find out more about All Star X-ray portable x-ray equipment, contact us online or at (866) 381-4079 today to speak with our service team or to request a quote.