Laurie Falk, left, and Morgan Sidwell demonstrate the new Multitom Rax Twin Robotic X-ray System at University Hospital in Salt Lake City on Friday. The universal diagnostic imaging system will allow physicians the ability to perform a broad array of examinations including CT scans, in a single room without ever having to move the patient.
Additionally, the Multitom Rax enables, for the first time, the acquisition of 3-D images under the patient's natural weight-bearing condition—whether the patient is seated, lying down, or standing. Images acquired in the natural standing position are essential because the knees, pelvis and spinal column appear differently when the patient's body weight is applied compared to when the patient is lying down.
"Patients will definitely benefit the most from this new Multitom Rax system," Satoshi Minoshima, MD, PhD, professor and chairman of the University of Utah radiology department, said in a statement. "We are very excited to be the first facility in the U.S. to explore its potential for efficiency and productivity.