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December 10, 2006

Kodak provides digital X-Ray system to US Olympic training center

The Eastman Kodak Company is providing digital x-ray and information systems to assist medical professionals at the US Olympic Training Center.

By CBR Staff Writer

The combined value of the equipment, installation, training and services provided by Kodak to the US Olympic Committee Sports Medicine clinic is more than $1.1 million.

Kodak says that digital radiography (DR) represents a huge technological leap because of its high-resolution images and the speed at which they are processed. The US Olympic training center is one of the first major athletic facilities to use Kodak’s DirectView DR 7500 system.

The center joins Miami Dolphins Stadium and Miller Park, home to baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers, to be among the first sports facilities to use digital imaging at their on-site medical facilities. Sports stadiums, arenas and other sports institutions are the latest group of athlete care centers to adopt new digital radiography procedures, which are replacing traditional film-based x-ray systems.

The DR 7500 system replaces the 15- year-old x-ray machine used by the USOC’s sports medicine division. Like its predecessor, the new system will be used to identity fractures and injuries to bones and joints of Olympic training center athletes, said Margie Hunt, head athletic trainer.

Kodak says the DR 7500 captures patient x-ray images digitally in seconds, and delives high-quality medical images. The system is networked with the Kodak Carestream PACS (picture archiving and communications system), which enables secure and immediate viewing of real-time digital medical images and information by physicians and radiologists on site, as well as at remote locations via the internet. Kodak’s PACS also provides the ability to write patient images to a CD allowing for athlete information to be stored or shared with referring physicians.

Kodak also provided a Kodak DryView laser imaging system that enables the printing of digital x-ray exams to radiographic film for sharing with referring physicians and for archival purposes.

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