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Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   5/31/2014 12:28:16 AM
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That would certainly be a 'leg up' over what MASH hospitals had back in the 50's Charles. I would imagine a great number of lives would be saved being able to find shrapnel at FOB hospitals rather than shuttling patients back to the larger bases. Time is definitely a factor.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   9/17/2013 6:53:19 PM
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I agree, Debera. Defense applications would be very logiocal for this kind of technology. Imagine what a doctor in a battlefield hospital could do with this.  

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Nancy Golden   9/15/2013 10:12:46 PM
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I am surprised this technology isn't already readily available in hospitals. As a horse owner, I have long been familiar with x-rays taken "in the field." Here is a brochure from one manufacturer of equine vet equipment:

http://www.uk-ireland.bcftechnology.com/~/media/PRODUCTS/Vet%20Imaging/X-ray/Clarox%20Equine/Support%20files/Clarox%20Equine%20brochure%20-%20low%20res.pdf

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   9/12/2013 5:41:10 PM
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Lately, I've heard talk of portable MRI systems. One medical engineer told me that the vision is to keep a portable MRI on the sidelines of football games, where they could be used on site to decide whether a player has a serious head iinjury or concussion.

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IMABME   9/12/2013 10:30:27 AM
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There have been portable/mobile xray machines for at least 50 years. Computed Radiograhy has been in use for at least 10 years so this is an incremental design improvement not a breakthrough. I notice the latest generation of all the mobile xray machines have devoted increased attention to the tube column's function and the ease of use for the radiology technician.

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Shelly   9/12/2013 9:32:30 AM
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As a contractor working in a testing lab a couple years back, we tested a similar product for GE Medical.  In fact, if this article hadn't mentioned the manufacturer, I would have bet money that they were disussing the GE product, all they way down to the Wifi communication and digital x-rays.

The GE model had a drive system a lot like the new push lawn mowers, that allowed the drive speed to be controlled by the amount of pressure the user put on the handle, powered boom, to allow precise positioning, and USB or Wifi comm, to save and transfer the photos.  I didn't get into programming that much, but it included a 17" monitor.

The best part about the testing was actually taking x-rays while under test.  Hot and cold simulations in an enviro chamber - x-raying our smart phones :)

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Elizabeth M   9/12/2013 8:12:40 AM
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Luckily, I haven't had enough XRays in my life (meaning, I am lucky I haven't needed a lot) to know about the mobility of this technology, Chuck. I have only ever visited a big room for an XRay and put on that heavy lead vest. But interesting to know a bit about the historical perspective!

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   9/12/2013 8:07:45 AM
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Debera, that's another great use for such a device. Didn't even think of that.

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Elizabeth M   9/12/2013 8:05:44 AM
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That's a great idea, 78RPM. You point out something quite astute--how terrifying medical procedures that adults merely find annoying can be for children. This certainly may ease that fear a little bit when taking scans of kids.

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Debera Harward   9/12/2013 3:41:50 AM
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Ahan , thats great having a portable X Ray machine is really very usefull and a very good technology as well. It is helpfull for national sprts team players who if god forbids faces any injury can carry these X Ray machines and get the necessary treatment immediately , for millitary people , for vet doctors as well and so on . It drops down  high cost of ambulances .

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