30 Sep Milwaukee Brewers to get X-ray machine
Milwaukee — The Milwaukee Brewers will soon have their own on-site digital X-ray system to diagnose injured players at Miller Park, officials announced Thursday.
Eastman Kodak Company, through its Health Imaging division, will provide a Directview CR 850 computer-operated radiography system and secure image distribution system. This equipment will be used to generate high-resolution digital X-rays of injured players, which can be viewed instantly on clinical workstations by the team physician.
The images can also be distributed electronically to remote physicians and specialists for additional consultation, and are printed to radiographic film by laser imaging. Located in the training room of the stadium, the equipment will be available to the Brewers and to any visiting teams.
“Having immediate access to high-quality images is absolutely essential to accurately determine if a player can safely return to the game,” said Roger Caplinger, the Brewers’ head athletic trainer. “This innovative equipment will enable us to conduct many types of medical imaging studies, including chest, spine and extremity exams, [and] view these images within seconds.”
Jane Hasselkus, a Kodak business manager, said the new system has many inherent benefits to the players and can help them return to the field quicker.
“Being able to make an immediate diagnosis enables athletes to receive proper treatment without delay and may help prevent additional injuries,” Hasselkus said.