Press Release – 01/19/2013

Donald Dotson, President
Mikron Digital Imaging-Midwest, Inc.
(800) 925-3905
Sale Includes 4 for New Center for Care and Discovery
As University of Chicago Medicine prepares for the grand opening next year of its cutting-edge Center for Care and Discovery, Mikron Digital Imaging-Midwest is pleased to have supplied four Shimadzu MobileDaRt Evolution units for the occasion, and three more to be used throughout the University of Chicago Medicine’s Medical campus.
Mikron Digital Imaging-Midwest is a Midwest distributor of Shimadzu products.
According to Robert O’Brien, account manager for Mikron Digital, the first six units were purchased this past July 17. The first unit was delivered one month later, on August 15; installation was completed on September 10 in the radiology department. Two others were shipped in October, also for Mitchell Hospital. They will be used in the operating and recovery rooms. The new units replace old portable analog and portable CR systems, including some that are over ten years old.
The final three from the first order will be shipped at the end of December and will be installed in the new Center for Care and Discovery. A seventh unit was purchased in October and will be used in the Comer Children Hospital’s Emergency Department.
Paul Mosebach, Assistant Director of Radiology at Mitchell Hospital, explains the distribution. “The first unit was brought in so we could work on maximizing image quality and technique with our radiologists. The portable DR systems are new to our facility, so we trained a small number of technologists and worked on establishing imaging technique with our radiologists prior to expanding the project to other areas within the medical center.  We will be installing four in the Center for Care and Discovery; two will be dedicated to the Operating rooms and two will be used in the ICUs.”
The decision to purchase from Mikron was made only after an extensive search that began at last year’s RSNA. The initial field of seven vendor solutions was quickly narrowed down to three top candidates. However, “One system was not FDA-approved, so we concentrated on obtaining onsite demos from the final two vendors.”
The review committee consisted of a radiologist, two x-ray managers, a supervisor, a purchasing agent, three technologists, our physicist, and Mosebach. According to Mosebach, Shimadzu’s MobileDaRt Evolution unit won out because of the following features:
  • Weight of the detector with two available sizes. “The smaller panel
    [11” x 14”] size was particularly important for our Neonatal cribs at the Comer Children’s hospital”
  • Availability of an on-board dose area product meter
  • Multiple exposure switches on the base unit, integrated into the 32 kW x-ray system, enabling low-dose x-ray exposure while still producing clear images
  • Maneuverability and ease of use of the system, including the exclusive “Inch-Mover,” which allows moving forward or backward for fine positioning with bedside drive controls located on the front of the collimator
  • Keyless entry, which enables multiple staff members to share the same unit through use of a unique 4-digit key command password to turn on the system
  • An up-to-date operating system (Windows 7) and choice to use multiple types of wireless cards for integration into our facility wireless network.
 “We especially like the dedicated monitor on the column for the system that will be used in the OR. The surgeons already like the ability to look at the operator’s screen. The second monitor is a bit larger and will be useful to them during procedures to check images. The new systems will improve our image quality and improve the productivity of our technologists. They already comment about how they ‘love’ the new system and look forward to the others being delivered.”
In addition to raving about the MobileDaRt Evolution, Mosebach had warm words for Mikron’s service and training. “Mikron has been great at providing as much applications training as we need to get a group of 70+ technologists trained. Their service call-in system is completely electronic and works great. Service personnel are friendly, helpful, and prompt. Mikron also enhances the systems by installing a fast ‘flash’ drive instead of a slower spinning hard drive; the repeater monitor for OR and wireless exposure switches are benefits to the system.”
Conclusion? “So far, working with sales, applications, and management at Mikron has been great. They are a smaller company but are very accommodating to our needs. While we were making our decision, the word on the street was that the Shimadzu portable system was a very reliable system with great image quality. I think we made a great decision and are looking forward to working with Mikron in the future.”
Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital is University of Chicago Medicine’s primary adult inpatient facility with over 500 beds. It includes the emergency department and the Arthur Rubloff Intensive Care Tower, which houses the burn and electrical trauma units and intensive care units for transplantation, neurology and neurosurgery, cardiothoracic care, general surgery, and general medicine patients.
The new Center for Care and Discovery is a $700 million, 1.2 million square foot, 10-story “hospital for the future” that will serve as the new core of the campus of the University of Chicago Medicine. When it opens in February 2013, it will contain 240 single-occupancy inpatient rooms and 28 operating rooms with integrated diagnostic and interventional platforms for specialty care, with a focus on cancer, gastrointestinal disease, neuroscience, advanced surgeryandhigh-technology medical imaging.
Also part of University of Chicago Medicine are Comer Children’s Hospital and Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM). Comer Children’s Hospital is a 155-bed pediatric Level-I trauma center that opened in 2004. It annually admits about 5,000 patients from Chicago and around the world, including about 400 children with severe injuries for emergency trauma care. DCAM is a state-of-the-art ambulatory-care facility that offers preventive, diagnostic, and treatment functions in a six-story, 525,000 square-foot building. It is an OP hospital with specialty clinics, imaging, OP surgery, a cancer center, and more.
Mikron Digital Imaging-Midwest, Inc. is a regional provider of Next Generation-Leading Edge digital technology for the medical imaging community. In addition to Shimadzu, they are distributors for Meridian Medical Systems, Canon, and Riverain ClearView products. They are currently celebrating their 26th year of providing unequaled equipment and service solutions. For more information, contact Donald Dotson, President of Mikron, at (800) 925-3905 or;