Guadalupe Regional Medical Center Among First in the Nation to Install New Twin Robotic X-ray System

Guadalupe Regional Medical Center has announced the installation of the Multitom Rax twin robotic X-ray system, a universal diagnostic imaging platform that enables a wide range of examinations in multiple clinical areas in just one room using a single X-ray machine.

With the Multitom Rax, GRMC can perform exams pertaining to everything from emergency medicine and interventional to pain management and orthopedics, and from conventional 2D radiography to fluoroscopy exams and angiography applications.

Multitom Rax is the world’s first Twin Robotic X-ray system. It features a unique and open design, with twin robotic arms that move around the patient so the patient does not have to move. This capability helps reduce patient re-positioning that can cause pain and increase the risk of further injury.

“Guadalupe Regional Medical Center is proud to be among the first facilities in the southwest Texas region to install the Multitom Rax Twin Robotic X-ray system,” said Jubelee Davis, Executive Director of Imaging Services. “With it, our physicians can perform a much broader range of clinical applications in just a single imaging room, without ever moving the patient. It provides us with a tremendous opportunity to be more productive and efficient in our imaging department, and it offers patients an enhanced imaging experience.”

The Multitom Rax system features a height-adjustable patient table and two independent, ceiling-mounted robotic arms for the X-ray tube head and the flat-panel detector. It’s a design that allows for almost unlimited positioning freedom anywhere in the room. Both robotic arms can be moved into position automatically or manually with servo motor support to make fine adjustments. While one robotic arm moves the X-ray tube, the other arm carries the 17” x 17” flat panel detector, which can acquire static, dynamic, and Real 3D sequences.

The Multitom Rax Twin Robotic X-ray system enables, for the first time, the acquisition of 3D images under the patient’s natural weight-bearing condition – whether the patient is seated, lying down, or standing. Images acquired in the natural standing position are essential because the knees, pelvis and spinal column appear differently when the patient’s body weight is applied compared to when the patient is lying down.