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Improving workflow in bedside chest radiography

SkyFlow is novel technology

 

Bedside chest radiography is the examination of choice for patients who cannot undergo routine upright chest radiography due to age or health status. However, traditional bedside radiography can be a time-consuming and error-prone procedure.


To address this issue, SkyFlow technology instantly provides a consistent grid-like image impression for a wide range of patient types to support workflow efficiency where it is most needed. Without any user interaction or implications on workflow, SkyFlow enhances image contrast as a grid would.

 

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With SkyFlow, Philips offers a novel technology allowing clinicians to combine the ease of the grid-less acquisition workflow with the contrast quality of a grid image for bedside chest radiography.

 

 

An overview of the image processing flowchart for SkyFlow

 

Skyflow workflow flowchart

SkyFlow compared to conventional image processing

 

Example of bedside chest examinations.

 

Reference image acquired without grid

 

Reference image acquired without grid

 

Reference image acquired without grid

 
Same exposure, but processed with SkyFlow

 

Same exposure, but processed with SkyFlow

 

Same exposure, but processed with SkyFlow

 
Image of same patient acquired on a different day. A grid was used, and X-ray dose was increased by a factor of 1.6

 

Image of same patient acquired on a different day. A grid was used, and X-ray dose was increased by a factor of 1.6.

 

The SkyFlow image is comparable to the grid image and SkyFlow does not generate a disturbing artificial noise impression. SkyFlow offers a true alternative to traditional use of anti-scatter grids for improved image quality.

 

Want to know more? Download the SkyFlow whitepaper

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