Thursday, August 4, 2016

Hospital USM the first in the world to have DDR

By Priya Pubalan
Aug 2, 2016

The DDR x-ray 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 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 Dr Mafauzy Mohamed said the Transbay DDR equipment would be placed at the resuscitation area while the normal DDR unit would be located at the x-ray room, both at the hospital trauma centre.

“The availability of the advanced Transbay DDR technology will now allow two patients to be treated simultaneously improving the efficiency of our specialists.

“The x-ray technicians are fully trained by Samsung and they are well versed in handling the equipments.

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

Dr Mafauzy said the utilisation of the equipments 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.


*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.

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