X-rays that don’t require film
Today’s healthcare facilities face mounting pressure to conserve financial resources and reduce their environmental footprint without compromising high-quality patient care. GE Healthcare has developed a family of digital X-ray machines that can reduce the consumption of multiple resources, including energy, water, film, and chemicals, increase productivity, and save operating costs for hospitals compared to traditional analog X-rays.
Converting to digital X-ray eliminates the need for analog film processing as well as its associated costs and waste. For instance, a hospital that converts two analog X-rays to one digital X-ray can avoid the creation of 50,000 analog films per year, save two tons of storage space annually, and save over 156,000 gallons of water and 1,900 gallons of processing chemicals per year. Similarly, a GE Healthcare digital radiography X-ray system has the potential to reduce energy consumption from its operation by 78 percent and save approximately $100,000 USD per year in productivity and material costs based on U.S. national averages.