Mayo Radiology (Reclining Team)
The Mayo Radiology Reclining back team is striving to reduce the risk of falls during chest x-rays. Every quarter 2-3 patients fall and injure themselves when receiving a chest x-ray. The current solution is to have the patients either sit in a wheelchair or lay down completely. The wheelchair backing can be seen in the produced x-ray, decreasing the accuracy for reading the x-ray, while lying down puts the patient in a position that is not ideal as well. The solution that we have developed enables the backing of the wheelchair to rotate down and form a kind of stretcher. This allows for the wheelchair to be out of the visuals for the x-ray in an easy, effortless way, which in turn helps the Mayo radiology department remain efficient and safe. We currently have a prototype and are beginning to run tests in order to find ways to perfect our Design. The goal for this semester is to develop a prototype that we can test different weight loads on in order to determine if our design is feasible.