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World first: PA Hospital installs robotic X-ray machines in ED

5 November 2018

In a world first, Queensland Health has installed two robotic X-ray machines – that show live, high-quality images – inside the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Emergency Department, helping staff to assess and treat patients quickly and safely in time-critical situations. 

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said Queensland Health was a global leader in using state-of-the-art technology to improve emergency care. 

“To make fast and confident decisions, our health professionals need the right tools,” he said. 

“This is the first time in the world a Multitom Rax robotic X-ray machine has been placed inside an Emergency Department resuscitation room, and the Princess Alexandra Hospital has two.” 

Mr Miles said the machines, worth a combined $1.2 million, were an investment in the health of Queenslanders.  

“These machines show live, high-quality images, which helps staff to quickly identify and treat injuries or illnesses,” he said.

“By being able to essentially see inside someone’s body as they’re being treated, life-saving procedures such as inserting a chest tube into a trauma victim are much safer.”

Mr Miles said emergency staff were now also able to better treat dislocated hips and shoulders, and complex broken bones.

PAH Emergency Department Co-Director Dr James Collier said the new machines also had wireless remote-controlled robotic arms that could be positioned around the patient with the touch of a button.

“More than 500 major trauma patients will receive life-saving care with these machines at PAH every year,” he said. 

“Any patient movement can cause pain and increase the risk of further injury, and moving a patient also requires physical effort from staff and can cost valuable time.

“Being able to move the machine rather than the patient saves time and is better for the patient.”

The two state-of-the-art machines were installed as part of a major upgrade to two of PAH’s resuscitation bays, which are special rooms inside the Emergency Department equipped to treat the sickest, most time-sensitive cases.  

Last updated 5 November 2018
Last reviewed 5 November 2018

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