Automation continues to revolutionize every industry, including those that may be under the radar of most people. Medical imaging, for example, has changed significantly in the past few years due to automation and improved the process.

               Perhaps most importantly, automation reduces the risk of human error. “Automation eliminates human error and inconsistency, making it possible to get extremely accurate data that results in better images and better outcomes,’’ according to a report published by Enzee Health, which employs a cloud-based platform that helps measure compliance and quality in healthcare.

               Automation is critical for the healthcare industry, which has an alarming shortage of healthcare workers. “By the 2030s,” a report in The Hill said in September, “the country could be faced with a shortage of nearly 200,000 nurses and 124,000 physicians.”

               There are other ways in which automation is benefitting patients. One of the advantages is improved diagnostic accuracy. “By assisting radiologists and other healthcare professions in capturing images from precise angles and perspectives, robots enable a level of detail that may not be achievable manually,’’ an article published by Statim Healthcare on LinkedIn said. “This enhanced imaging capability is especially beneficial for identifying subtle abnormalities and improving the overall diagnostic process.”

               Automation also allows more time for patient care, requires fewer rescans and helps reduce staff burnout. “Things like filling out insurance forms, entering QC test results, and assembling data for inspection all take away from time spent with patients and also contribute to the frustration and stress that have become synonymous with working in the radiology department,’’ the Enzee report said.

               X-ray equipment has also changed over time. X-rays were discovered in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen and are used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. In the early 1900s, the use of X-rays for therapy began with the treatment of skin diseases. In the 1930s, megavoltage x-ray machines allowed for deeper penetration into tissues, and in the 1970s, digital radiography allowed for faster image acquisition and processing.

               One of the most critical components used in the manufacturing of x-ray equipment is housings. Alpha Metalcraft Group is a leading manufacturer the housings and other internal components.

               The lead-lined housing assemblies are critical components to an X-ray system or CT machine. The housings shield the x-rays and focus the outlet of radiation. The metal absorbs the scattered radiation.

               The housings are made with AMG’s deep drawing process. The process is widely acclaimed for its ability to produce complex geometric and highly precise shapes quickly and efficiently. Some shapes in X-ray equipment are especially complex.

               In addition, AMG uses a range of materials for its products. Kovar is frequently used in x-ray components. It is frequently used where temperature change variations need to be minimized. It is used in medical, scientific and research communities, and is also found in microwaves, diodes and transistors. Nickle, copper, brass, aluminum and stainless steel are some other materials available for the manufacturing of medical products by AMG.