The requirement was to redesign Xstrahl’s (formally Gulmay Medical) superficial orthovoltage medical X-Ray system. The focus was to design a new imaging head system to be far more user friendly and more sympathetic to the patient whilst also reducing cost.
Early Usability and Concept work
We studied the patient environment and the requirements for multi-axis movement of the head to get the required position to the patient in three dimensions. It was clear that the existing system required several operations to get the position right which took considerable time. Maddison devised a concept using an electro-mechanical braking system operated by a single hand trigger to provide smooth, multi-axis movement with one hand. We considered the ergonomic and anthropometric requirements and focused on the end user being the patient to give them a more comfortable experience.
Detailed Engineering and Testing Work
Maddison did both the industrial and product engineering design for the head unit. We designed and sourced all the prototype components and assembled the head unit to test the functionality. The result was an ergonomic treatment arm with simple to operate, smooth movement to adjust to a wide variety of positions.