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CANFIELD, Ohio - Out with the old and in with the new. The staff at Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates have upgraded to a new digital x-ray machine.

"From a patient perspective they don't have to do as much bending or twisting or getting in odd positions to have the x-ray done," said orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Solem with Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates.

For physicians, like Dr. Solmen, the Viztel U-Arm provides instant images which are clearer than the previous x-ray images physicians relied upon to diagnose patients.

"In addition, we use to carry copies of films to the operating rooms so we could have the x-rays there when we were operating on these patients. Now, we can transfer it to the iPad and just have everything pulled up on the iPad to look at in the operating room instead of carrying films," said Dr. Solmen.

Beth White, Director of Imaging for Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates, says the new addition is a welcomed one. "Without imaging, without your radiology department, you can't diagnose a bone fracture. You can't diagnose the subtle changes as a fracture is healing or as a surgical site is healing. So it is like the eyes to the body even as the patients are healing. We need to gauge that process to make sure they are on track," White said.

White says the machine has also cut down on the need for repeat scans, which decreases a patient's exposure to radiation.

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