CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Huntington-based startup is poised to change the way X-rays are taken at nursing homes around the state.
Richard Pulcrano, president and chief executive officer of OnSite Digital Radiology Services, said firms typically bring an X-ray machine to a nursing home, take an image and then take the image to a processing center where it is processed and reviewed.
As the name of his company implies, Pulcrano's firm will use digital equipment. Here's how it will work:
"A doctor gets called to a facility or, if he is in a facility, he will write an order to get a chest X-ray, for example. The nurses call us."
OnSite will have numerous vans around the state. Each van will be staffed with a board-certified radiological technologist and will be equipped with portable digital imaging equipment, a global positioning system, or GPS, and wireless access to the Internet.
All calls will come into a central dispatch center in Huntington, Pulcrano said. Using GPS, the dispatcher can tell the nurse how many minutes it will take to get a van to the site where it is needed.
At the site, the technologist will take the imaging equipment into the patient's room, put a digital plate behind the patient and take an X-ray, Pulcrano said. There isn't any film to develop, and the image will come up in about three seconds.
The image will be transmitted wirelessly to a board-certified radiologist for dictation and to the attending physician, who can review the image on a computer, iPad, iPhone or similar technology. "If there's a doctor in-house, they can look at the image while they're there," Pulcrano said.
On Aug. 14, the West Virginia Health Care Authority issued OnSite a "certificate of need," he said. The certificate is essentially a license.