Diagnostic Images Reducing Radiation ExposureBy Miriam Bello | Thu, 05/28/2020 - 14:32
Q: Carestream has implemented new technologies that respond to imagining trends. How will these innovations change the diagnostic imaging sector?
A: The health sector’s priority is the transition toward technologies focused on offering health professionals a quicker, more effective and less risky way of providing medical attention. Technology transformation centered around the patient means diagnostic technologies and procedures that are less invasive and have the highest diagnostic reliability. The goal is to minimize the impact on the patient, especially when using radiation, which can be something as basic as reducing secondary effects caused by the test. Carestream technology is oriented toward a lower degree of customer exposure to radiation maximum efficiency for the diagnostic providers and images to help accurate diagnosis for the patients.
Q: What has been the reception of these new technologies in Mexico and what are your expectations?
A: New products and technologies are already available in the market. Regulations, new types of businesses and the willingness of health players to embrace the digital era will control how these technologies are adopted in Mexico and other countries. One of the most interesting launches that we have had in Mexico is a portable X-ray machine that incorporates nanotechnology which uses less energy and provides higher diagnostic quality with minimal radiation. It is intended for pediatric patients. The amount of radiation that this nanotechnology device emits is significantly lower than conventional equipment. The fact that we can provide such advanced equipment makes us the right choice for younger patients and those with sensitivities. There are no comparable products on the market. This device is used in places like the National Pediatrics Institute, which we believe speaks highly of the government's commitment to invest in patients and technologies.
Q: What is the biggest challenge for Mexico in the imaging sector?
A: The biggest problem for the imaging industry is the same as for the health sector: how to make healthcare available to the entire population, regardless of the diverse geography and the population’s economic status. Both public and private health programs have fallen short in reaching the most vulnerable communities and areas.
Q: What should the country do to address the shortage of radiologists in Mexico?
A: The number of radiologists certified by the various organizations and federations in Mexico ranges from 5,000 to 6,000, which is insufficient for a country with more than 125 million inhabitants. There is no easy solution to cope with this problem, but technology will definitely make a difference in alleviating this shortage. Technology can create diagnostics nuclei in the country, so regardless of where the test was taken, it can go to a regional center to be interpreted and returned to the patient. This would ensure that a good diagnostic standard is observed.
Q: How does Carestream measure the positive impact of its services on the Mexican population?
A: In terms of business, we use the same metrics as any company committed to the health sector in Mexico and around the world. Internally, however, we estimate our impact according to the versatility and value that our portfolio brings to our clients, based on the ability to offer the best tailor-made solutions. We do not want to sell technology just for profit, but to help our clients in purchasing technology that will give them the best results in terms of economic efficiency and diagnostics. We offer a range of products, from the simplest to the most technologically advanced, so we can provide the right solution for all types of customers. Mexico spends about 6 percent of its GDP on health. The issue is how to improve the availability of technology and access to healthcare to foster a healthier population.
Carestream is a global provider of medical dental imaging solutions, X-ray imaging systems for nondestructive testing and advanced materials for the precision film and electronic markets