X-ray cassettes play an essential role in the radiographic process, protecting the film, intensifying screens, and imaging plates that are used by diagnostic technicians. In order for these technicians to produce clear, vibrant images, the preservation and maintenance of X-ray cassettes is a necessity, and Infab Corporation’s disposable cassette covers provide a vital solution to preserve and prolong cassette life.
The Role of Cassettes in Radiographic Procedures
To understand why it is crucial to protect and care for cassettes, we must first understand their role in both conventional and computed radiographic (CR) procedures. The cassette acts as a light-proof container in which films or imaging plates are placed for exposure to radiation. For the technician, the cassette ensures that the highest-quality image will not be compromised by outside light, and furthermore, protects the contents from physical damage created by dust, dirt, and other outside contaminants. It also enables the technician to quickly and efficiently get the best image, so as to reduce the exposure time for both themselves and the patient.
Additionally, cassettes typically have a lead-lined backing. In relation to the patient undergoing the procedure, this construction of the cassette functions to reduce scatter radiation from being absorbed. Therefore, the purpose is not only to protect and produce the images that are vital for an effective patient diagnosis, their construction services to provide added protection to the patient themselves. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and backed by The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the use of cassettes backed with such material results in significant patient dose reductions during both diagnostic and interventional radiology procedures.
While regular maintenance is important, a facility can prolong the shelf-life of their cassettes on a day-to-day, patient-to-patient basis with the use of Infab Corporation’s disposable cassette covers. Cassettes that are well-maintained are good for years of work, and cassette covers play a vital role in this process. Unlike reusable cassettes, Infab’s cassette covers feature a translucent, durable, sandwich-bag-style design. This feature successfully terminates the spread of disease and contamination by reducing contact between the cassette and the patient. Made from top grade polyethylene plastic, these cassette covers not only prevent fluids and other contaminates from compromising the cassette, they also protect from wear. Reusable cassettes are a detriment to efficiency and sterility, as many have no sealable closure. Furthermore, a reusable cassette cover requires constant decontamination via wipes and/or laundering. The additional purchase of wipes, and the labor/time associated with proper re-sterilization has been proven to increase costs to the health facility. More importantly, improper sterilization techniques can lead to the spread of disease.
Infab Corporation’s disposable cassette covers create a solution for every health facility by providing technicians with a durable, sanitary, and cost-effective way to protect their X-ray cassettes.
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