MMC Invests in Robotic X-Ray to Help Improve Patient Experience

Radiologist Technologists Stacey Vyskocil and Laura Christianson completed 32-hours of specialized training to become super users for the new robotic x-ray at Memorial Medical Center.

Radiologist Technologists Stacey Vyskocil and Laura Christianson completed 32-hours of specialized training to become super users for the new robotic x-ray at Memorial Medical Center.

Memorial Medical Center is the fourth hospital in the country to invest in a multi-function, robotic x-ray machine that enhances the patient experience by providing more comprehensive imaging within a single exam room.

The Siemens Healthineers Multitom Rax Twin Robotic X-ray system is a universal diagnostic imaging system that allows a wide range of exams that’d generally take place in different rooms via a single machine and space. This means staff can perform exams pertaining to everything from emergency medicine and interventional to pain management and orthopedics, and from conventional 2D radiography to fluoroscopy exams and angiography applications.

“This new system puts the patient first by allowing us to perform multiple tests in a single room preventing painful transfers between tests,” explains Director of Radiology Joanne Wendt. “The fully robotic system is also versatile and moves around patients. This can eliminate the need for repositioning during imaging, which can also be painful.”

The Multitom Rax Twin Robotic X-ray system is the first in the world that can capture 3D images under the patient’s natural weight-bearing condition – whether the patient is seated, lying down, or standing. This is important because the knees, pelvis and spinal column appear differently when a patient is lying down versus when the patient’s body weight is applied. The 3D technology will be available to MMC mid to late summer of 2017.

This machine is MMC’s latest investment in technology to ensure we’re providing the best care possible in an efficient way. “As a small facility, we’re committed to finding innovative solutions to bring more comprehensive care in a cost effective and efficient way to northwest Wisconsin,” says Memorial Medical Center CEO Jason Douglas. “The multi-modality of this machine allows us to provide better care while improving the overall patient experience. The increased versatility of this type of machine is the future of medicine and we’re proud that we can provide this to our friends and neighbors.”

The machine was installed in late October and is being used on Radiology patients at MMC.