By: 12 September 2012

Since its opening in June 2009 the state-of-the-art Queen Alexandra Hospital has sat proudly on the high slopes of Portsdown Hill overlooking the historic Naval City of Portsmouth, England. The City along with it football team is nicknamed “Pompey” and is notable for its major Dockyard, as a base for the Royal Navy and for being the United Kingdom’s only Island City.

Whilst the City’s Island status may come as surprise to many outside the county of Hampshire it will not be a surprise that this prestigious hospital has Major Trauma Unit status and is part of the national project to improve major trauma care. An important part of any emergency care department is the ability to provide high quality radiographic (X-ray) images to meet and to respond to the changing demands of the health professionals as they care for their patients.

In March 2012, to aid rapid radiographic imaging in the Emergency Room, at the bedside and in the Neonatal Care Unit, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust appointed Gloucestershire-based Xograph Healthcare, a leading independent UK medical equipment provider, to supply a number of new mobile digital X-ray systems. The Hospital already owned an earlier generation Xograph digital mobile, the MobileDaRt, which was purchased when the hospital first opened; this unit is now complimented by five younger siblings. The MobileDaRt Evolution incorporates the latest Canon CXDI-70C Wireless digital imaging detector and the unique Canon CXDI-80C Wireless small format detector both offering exceptional direct digital images within 3 seconds, at the point of care, so ensuring enhanced workflow and maximum versatility.

Nicola Sanchez, Advanced Practitioner Radiographer at Pompey’s Queen Alexandra Hospital, said: “The replacement of our mobile fleet required equipment that could travel the large distances required of our hospital, and provide almost instantaneous diagnostic images to our clinicians. We also required versatility in imaging our wide range of patients including NICU. The DaRt evolution was the only unit that fulfilled all of these requirements. I cannot fault the customer support provided by Xograph Healthcare both pre- and post-purchase of our new fleet; it has been outstanding and I would definitely purchase from Xograph in the future.”