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OKI increases efficiency at ViDia Christliche Kliniken Karlsruhe with cost-effective DICOM solution
ViDia Christliche Kliniken Karlsruhe Hospital cares for around 50,000 inpatients and 150,000 outpatients in total each year. Radiation therapy is an important service offered by ViDia Christliche Kliniken Karlsruhe. A vital prerequisite for successful radiation treatment is identification of the exact location of a tumour in the body in order to allow precise targeting of the radiation. This can be checked by means of X-ray imaging. These X-ray images are printed out and archived for the purpose of documenting the treatment. This process can be problematic since very few printers can directly handle the DICOM format (the healthcare sector's preferred image data communication standard). Additional software or hardware is needed before images in this format can be printed out on normal office printers. This technology was not functioning correctly in one of the irradiation devices at ViDia Kliniken. The team needed a printer that could handle the DICOM format directly and print out X-ray images with as little distortion as possible for documentation purposes. The Radiotherapy Department finally found what they were looking for in OKI's range; the ES6410DM printer. The ES6410DM uses OKI's LED colour printing technology to produce high-quality print-outs of X-ray images. LED printers offer major advantages, including a printed dot size which is around 50% smaller than laser devices. The high LPI produces particularly clear text and graphics. A single light source per pixel which can be controlled separately also means that the entire width of the paper can be accurately illuminated.
"Thanks to the ES6410DM, we can easily replace the documentation function which is missing from our irradiation unit and print out the images directly using our imaging plate system." Martin Schmidt, employee in the Department of Medical Technology,
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