Scanners and X-ray machines

specialist support surfaces for scanners and x-ray machines

The application of medical support surfaces into medical diagnostic devices including MRI machines, CT Scanners, X-Ray machines and others.  Whilst this equipment fulfills very different functions in the acute sector, they have similar requirements of the medical support surface.

Medical equipment is of high value and used by large numbers of patients for relatively short periods of time.  This contact with many different users can often lead to the spread of bacteria and infections, and therefore, the management in keeping equipment clean between uses is a major priority.  The Dartex range of fabrics designed for medical equipment can all be wiped clean and will withstand the rigours of hospital cleaning and disinfection.  This means that effective cleaning can be carried out very quickly; after wipe-cleaning, the surface is disinfected, surface dry and ready to be used again. This creates a clean working environment and reduces the spread of hospital associated infections (HAIs).  If required the support surface will also withstand cleaning by autoclave.

A further important consideration in infection control is that Dartex medical support surfaces are reliably waterproof which can prevent fluid ingress and contamination of the composites.  Combined with the additional benefit of weldable seams, this will also act as a barrier to fluid ingress and contamination.  This not only has a benefit in terms of patient safety but will also prolong the life of the equipment.

Pressure care whilst using medical equipment is of importance; in order to reduce the physical pressure exerted on a patient a stretch contact surface is often used. This helps to distribute pressure away from vulnerable areas of the patient’s body and together the composite will provide support and even distribution of pressure. This will help to minimise the impact of the patient developing pressure ulcers during diagnostic scanning.

Furthermore the support surface should also offer a degree of moisture vapour permeability to ensure that the surface remains dry and comfortable to the touch.

Finally it is essential that the support surfaces is strong and will resist abrasion in order to maintain a durable barrier to fluids and bacteria/viruses even with heavy usage.  This increased durability should enable the composite to last longer on the medical device which has positive economic gains in terms of serving costs in replacing the composite as well as further reaching savings by potentially reducing the risk of HAIs. 

In addition to offering the balance of performance benefits such as durability, stretch, moisture vapour permeability, and reliable waterproofness, Dartex also offers conductive fabrics which are suitable for certain medical devices. For further information please see Dartex Conductive in our products, or contact us in person.



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