Hospital USM the first in the world to have Samsung DDR

 |Aug 2, 2016
Hospital USM in Kelantan made history by being the first medical facility in the world to acquire two sets of direct digital radiography machine.
Hospital USM in Kelantan made history by being the first medical facility in the world to acquire two sets of direct digital radiography machine.

Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan has made history by being the first medical centre in the world to acquire two advanced Samsung direct digital radiography (DDR) x-ray machines worth RM3 million recently.

The machine is fully digital equipment that would provide services to critical patients without the need to undergo x-ray procedures at the radiology department.

USM embarks to be the pioneer in radiography technology, which is in line with its motto to provide world-class medical services.

This advanced medical technology will enhance USM Hospital to be the main referral hospital in the East Coast region.

The machines – Samsung model GC85A including one unit of Transbay DDR, are also the first production in the globe by the electronics manufacturer.

USM health campus director Mafauzy Mohamed said the Transbay DDR equipment would be placed at the resuscitation area while the normal DDR unit would be located in the x-ray room, both at the hospital trauma centre.

With the availability of the advanced Samsung Transbay DDR technology, two patients’ bays can be placed side-by-side for the radiograph to be taken simultaneously without moving the patients.

Mafauzy said the machines would improve the efficiency of the HUSM specialists, adding that the x-ray technicians have been fully trained by Samsung and were well versed in handling the equipment.

“Samsung is also committed to providing expert assistance from Korea should there be a malfunction,” he said.

Dr Mafauzy said the utilisation of the equipment proves USM’s objective to lead in the medical technology world as per its motto ‘We lead’.

He said USM would strive to offer the best services in saving the lives of patients, adding that DDR can reduce treatment of patients between 15 and 30 minutes.

The DDR x-ray machine
The DDR x-ray machine

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Priya Pubalan has been a journalist for the past three years and counting. She believes in human equality, law and justice. She thinks capitalism should be abolished and mankind should give importance to education.