For fast-growing Kettering Health Network, transitioning to direct radiography (DR) was both a solution and a challenge. On the one hand, the benefits of DR support the network’s care quality, patient care and productivity goals. On the other hand, the radiology department needed to find a way to cost-effectively upgrade existing computed radiography (CR) systems in current sites and to install brand-new DR in its new sites.

But what might have seemed an impossible challenge instead became an advantage, thanks to Kettering’s strong relationship with Agfa. Kettering has made full use of the vendor’s comprehensive portfolio of DR solutions – and Agfa’s unique, flexible financing. “Working with Agfa has allowed us to accomplish our goals at a fraction of the cost,” explains Max Grady, Administrative Director of Radiology for Kettering Health Network. “With Agfa DR, we can carry out high quality imaging exams, with the lowest patient radiation dose reasonably achievable, while benefitting from an exceptional economic value.”

At the heart of Agfa’s DR is the intelligent MUSICA image processing, which delivers exquisite details and allows lower patient dose. “I’ve been working with MUSICA since the original software came out, and from the beginning it has been a game-changer,” recalls Max. “MUSICA lets us see all of the anatomical structures at the same time: soft tissue and bone.  With very little effort, you get a lot of information, which is critical for quality of care.”

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