Strained Healthcare Needs Quality Diagnostic Equipment

Strained Healthcare Needs Quality Diagnostic Equipment

In these uncertain times, the South African health system has been put under immense strain. Hospital beds fill up each day with rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, and this strain may, if left unattended, have a profoundly negative impact on a hospital’s ability to deliver proper treatment and care to those who need it. Thus, there is a call to streamline diagnostics and treatments for all people in hospitals, to streamline treatment where this can be done, and help alleviate the burden that all South African hospitals are currently facing.

‘Medical equipment’ has become somewhat of a buzzword since 2020, and while ventilators and oxygen have an unprecedentedly high demand, hospitals that partner with high quality medical and x-ray equipment suppliers may find that through efficient and accurate diagnosis can take a remarkable amount of pressure off of medical facilities during this difficult time.


The first notable benefit to sourcing high quality diagnostic x-ray equipment is that it allows for a more streamlined diagnosis and treatment plan to be drawn up for patients. Ailments can be accurately identified in good time, facilitating more effective and efficient treatments.

The knock-on effect that this has, is that there are fewer patients taking up beds, thanks to quicker action and faster recoveries.

This takes a lot of the strain off our already struggling hospitals during this time of crisis.


High quality diagnostic equipment makes it easier for healthcare practitioners and facilities to see to the needs of all their patients, something normally taken for granted. Currently, medical efforts around the world are largely focussed on treating the spread of COVID-19, making it difficult to provide equal levels of quality treatment to all patients.

By making better informed decisions in less time thanks to the right diagnostic equipment, doctors and healthcare professionals can provide improved commitment to all their patients.


Something often not spoken about during the pandemic is the effects that it has had on the morale of medical practitioners. Being away from their families, losing large volumes of patients and being underequipped in times of uncertainty has taken its toll on their morale, confidence, and mental health.

The right diagnostic equipment will allow medical experts to perform more effectively and with more confidence, which is a win that is sorely needed in many medical facilities across South Africa.


If you would like to know more about sourcing quality diagnostic equipment for your medical facility, be sure to get into contact with a representative from Lomaen Medical (PTY) LTD today, or feel free to visit our website for additional information on our offers.



FUJIFILM FDR Smart X is the innovative and newly developed X-Ray system which has taken the world by storm. It offers multi-functionality with more accuracy at an affordable price. Likewise the system is designed in order to be intuitive to the user.

The ceiling suspension ensures that the tube can be used with an upright stand, table and with trolley or bed examinations, which allows for a more flexible approach when an X-Ray needs to be conducted. Moreover, the imaging department will become far more effective as the system is made for convenience.

The FUJIFILM FDR Smart X has higher resolution in image quality and a whole host of other advanced features when combined with the newest range of D-EVO II series DR panels.

The advanced image processing includes Dynamic Visualisation II. Fujifilm has used their world renowned expertise in image processing in order to optimise images on displays with heightened contrast throughout.

FUJIFILM FDR Smart X uses Irradiated Side Sampling technology allowing for the position of the capture electronics to capture through the irradiation side rather than traditional detection. What this does is improve the resolution, decreases errors or imperfections and ensures enhancement of the overall efficiency.

You have an option for a manual or automatic tilting wall stand which improves your medical staff’s workflow as patients in wheelchairs can now be assisted far more effectively. This also means more patients can be helped in a shorter amount of time.

FUJIFILM FDR Smart X works well in the Paediatrics sector as it offers a removable grid both in the upright stand and table. Likewise, the dual-reference rotation improves the handling aspect as the detector does not need to be removed and then remounted continuously.

The automatic connection enables the detector cables to be automatically connected when placed in the tray. Moreover, the detectors allows for the battery to be charged in case wireless operation is needed.

Finally, the FUJIFILM FDR Smart X can accommodate both the DR panel and/or CR cassettes.

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Enhance Precision With The Vieworks Vivix-S 1717 Panel

Enhance Precision With The Vieworks Vivix-S 1717 Panel

Our Vieworks Vivix-S 1717 Panel offers the precision you have been waiting for. It improves performance tenfold while also enhancing the overall durability and reliability factor from its predecessors.

With the highest degree of portfolio flat panel detection, you have everything you require. On top of this, the integrated imaging solution ensures an extensive overview with high performance images.

One main feature of the Vieworks system is that it has a superior automatic exposure detection function. Moreover, it ensures reliability, and the high level of sensitivity means image quality will not be compromised. As such, the Anytime™ design has made the system improve the procedure process.

The Near Field Communication improves fast and efficient configuration. Likewise, clinicians can now work with ease where complications in the past would lengthen processes. If you need to use a system in multiple X-Ray rooms then the Vieworks system is the one for you.

Lomaen Medical offers the best medical and veterinary systems in the market. The goal is to improve the productivity and precision of any and all medical operations.

With fast data speed and wireless communication, the throughput is much faster in mid and high tier hospital facilities. The battery time is also improved with the option to swap out dual batteries if and when it needs to be replaced. The dual batteries will operate for roughly 8 hours.

Vieworks Vivix-S 1717 Panel also offers lower maintenance costs as it has an improved level of dust and water resistance.

With the most advanced fast panel detectors at your disposal for digital radiography we look to set you up with medical solutions which make a difference. Not only will medical staff be able to do their job better, but patients will now receive the best medical care available to them.

On top of this, the improvement of precision means that less mistakes will be made with correct results being displayed time and again.

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Computed Radiography (CR) vs Digital Radiography (DR)

Computed Radiography (CR) vs Digital Radiography (DR)

Computed radiography (CR) sometimes called “film replacement technology” uses cassette-based phosphor storage plates (Imaging Plates or IP). When the IP is exposed to X-ray radiation the phosphor layer in the plate stores the image. The IP is then scanned and converted to a digital signal which is transferred to a computer for processing and display. Digital radiography (DR) systems use active matrix flat panel detectors based on direct or indirect conversions of X-rays to charge, the image is converted to digital data in real-time and is available for review within seconds. 

While both CR and DR have a wider dose range and can be post processed to eliminate mistakes and avoid repeat examinations, DR has some significant advantages over CR.


DR improves workflow because more images can be taken and processed in the same amount of time, allowing imaging facilities to handle more patients in a given period of time and consequently lowers the cost per image. DR systems house all components together and do not require any transfer of film or cassette. The time needed to produce a final DR image is 10 seconds or less.

CR involves more steps because cassette processing takes longer. CR requires the cassette be removed from the X-ray machine and then placed into a reader. This is a labour-intensive and time-consuming step that requires the technician to leave the patient and workstation with each imaging procedure.

Dose Efficiency

Both GOS (gadolinium oxysulfide) and CsI (cesium iodide) based DR detectors have higher dose efficiency than CR. When DR with CsI is used, DR systems are two to three times more efficient at converting dose to signal than CR. This increased dose utilization means that DR can produce the same image quality as CR at a lower dose or that DR can produce higher contrast resolution images than CR using the same dose.

IP plates used in CR have a lower efficiency of detection compared to DR detectors, thus a higher radiation dose is needed to obtain adequate image resolution resulting in longer exposure times and the need for more powerful x-ray generators.

Flexibility, Portability and Cost

DR detector panels are now equipped with a data processing engine and carry their own calibration files, which allows the images to be corrected on the panel. With the calibration data stored on the panel, the DR panels are more portable between equipment and rooms. On-panel image corrections decrease the image transmission time and improve the wireless link robustness by reducing the number of images transmitted with each image acquisition. State-of-the art DR panels are now also equipped with the most advanced wireless networking standards increasing transmission speed and reliability.

The initial cost of CR is lower, however maintenance costs on CR are 80% higher than on DR. Less real estate is required with DR as the full system only consists of a panel (460x460x15mm) and desk top computer, whereas a full CR system consists of the CR unit (560x540x392mm), cassettes and desktop computer.