‘Our kit is off to the South Pole’

Craig Smillie, Carestream's European DR Service Specialist for the UK & Nordics (right) and Sean Stevenson, IT Support Engineer for BCF Technology, fully checked and tested the DRX-Transportable System prior to loading on the SA Agulhas
Craig Smillie, Carestream's European DR Service Specialist for the UK & Nordics (right) and Sean Stevenson, IT Support Engineer for BCF Technology, fully checked and tested the DRX-Transportable System prior to loading on the SA Agulhas
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Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes rang up a Hemel Hempstead company to get a piece of medical kit for his expedition to Antarctica.

Carestream Health, in One Park Lane, a multinational digital imaging firm born out of Kodak, was happy to loan its DRX Technology.

The Coldest Journey Expedition lead by Sir Ranulph will see a team of six attempt to cross Antarctica in winter for the first time.

The transportable system will be able to create images of broken bones. It will be housed in a portable cabin which is being taken on the expedition, helping it survive nearly 4,000 kilometres, mostly in complete darkness and in temperatures as low as -90°C.

A Carestream spokesman said: “Sir Ranulph rang up and spoke to one of our ladies. He said he would like to take the DRX-Transportable System with him.”

Expedition doctor Rob Lambert. said: “For The Coldest Journey it was important that we had a digital X-ray system which is small, light and easy to use should the worst happen.“

The expedition will begin on March 21 and is expected to take six months.

Carestream Health UK MD Charlie McCaffrey said: “We hope that it will not be needed, should it be we are confident that it will help provide a timely diagnosis to enable prompt and appropriate treatment.”