Defecography Procedure Chair

Developed in conjunction with radiographers and manual handling advisors in the NHS

In 2019 we were approached by the Manual Handling department of an acute NHS Hospital in the South West of England. Having supplied the trust with standard and bespoke medical equipment over the years, they were sure that we could solve a safety issue that had been an ongoing concern in the Medical Imaging department.

Whilst managing the safe handling of patients undergoing a Proctogram, a defecography procedure. The Medical Imaging team found that there was not an ideal product that offered suitable falls risk prevention. The product that they were forced to use was not only unstable but extremely challenging for the patient to access and egress safely and ensure stability throughout the procedure.

From this initial brief, our R&D team set about designing a chair that would meet the criteria of safety, functionality and reliability.

Roma Medical Proctogram Chair

It is a piece of equipment that is easy to use, easy to clean. The patient feels safe when sat on it. In comparison to what we had, it is a total refinement creating a very smart product. The design allows improved attenuation, improving the image quality allowing more detail to be seen such as prolapse.

Anthony Richards, GI Clinical Specialist
Radiographer, X Ray Department
Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Features and Specifications

1. Safe to access – Hand rail mountable on either side.

2. Stable folding footplate, allowing ease of access to the chair from the floor.

2b. Folding footrest for swivel seat (AP Imaging).

3. Rotating seat & back for anteroposterior imaging.

4. Copper plate can be mounted either side of the raised aperture seat – to improve attenuation.

5. Liquid fillable seat, offers an additional filter if required.

6. Removable back for AP imaging.

7. Minimum height for compatibility with most imaging systems.

8. Anti-Tippers.

Dimensions – Model No. 3001

Width 50mm / 18”
Height 1190mm / 47”
Height – floor to top of seat 785mm / 31”
Height – floor to folding step 170mm / 7”
Height – folding step to platform 140mm / 5.5”
Height – floor to top of platform step 310mm / 12”
Hand rail height 1090mm / 43”
Hand rail width 305mm / 12”
Folding footplate width (swivel seat) 305mm / 12”
Overall length 1040mm / 41”

By meeting the above requirements, Roma was able to develop the Proctogram chair which has now been adopted by many Imaging Departments in the NHS.