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Chamco manufactures the finest in radiology positioning devices that are proven to:

  • Make your patients more comfortable.
  • Speed up the scanning process for all modalities.
  • Reduce retakes due to patient movement.

About Our Products

  • All products have been designed by MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and X-ray techs in the field to meet specific needs.
  • All products have been tested and proven to work and to last.
  • One year Warranty against manufacturer defects.

Shipping

Shipping is normally by ground freight and deliveries are within 5 working days of the date of shipment.  Freight charges are FOB Cocoa, FL. Delivery lead times vary by product.  Many items are in stock and ship within 3-5 days of receipt of purchase order.  We do process standing purchase orders that can be changed at any time for your convenience.

The Chamco Story

I was having a CT (Computed Tomography) on my stomach and as I was watching the technologist prepare the machine, I asked, “What do you need, that you don’t have, that would make your job easier?”  She replied, “I need something to hold an arm in an AP Sagittal position.” I had no idea what an AP sagittal position was. I have a doctor’s degree, but it is in Church Administration.   When asked what she was now using, she pulled out a piece of plywood, just like the one setting in your garage.  She used two rolled up towels and tape to get the arm positioned. I later learned that the Anterior Posterior position was to place the hand with the thumb pointing to the sky.  As she continued to explain, the plywood, towels and tape  did not hold the hand still, it allowed for movement.  Movement was not good in a CT.  When you move, the images show up blurred or wavy.   I asked the next leading question, “What would you like to  have ?”  “Something which will slide and hold the arm tight and not allow movement”, she replied.  About that time she started the procedure.  For the next few minutes I designed in my mind a device with a simple base made of acrylic with two sliding parts that come together and hold the arm tight.  With the design in mind, I went home and made one from cardboard.  The next day I took it to Precision Plastics in Winter Park and worked with Ben Ellis on the idea.  In a couple of weeks I had the prototype and took it back to Lee Road Radiology.  Janice was thrilled to see the device.  Of course there were modifications to be made and after a couple of additional prototypes we had our first working model.

A few weeks later, Dr. Lynn Morris, the head radiologist, asked, “Can you do something for bilateral feet?” “Of course,” I replied, “What do you want it to do?”  I had no idea what a procedure for bilateral feet would need.  He explained that he needed both feet to be held at the same level and not able to move.  Back to the drawing board.  We took a piece of acrylic and bent it with a 90 degree angle, placed sliding devices on each side, added straps and we had our second product, “The FootRest’.  Soon the girls in the MRI needed a couple of devices and we made those.

About this time I started to see this might be a business.  I made up a small brochure, put on my suit and tie and approached Jan Clements at Florida Hospital.  “Here are our current products for immobilizing patients and we custom make items to fit your needs”, was my opening remarks.  She looked at the products and said she liked one of them and asked if we could make a device to place a person in a particular position.

Soon we had twenty products.  At that point I decided it was time to rent a small space, hire a person to make the products and continue.  Tracy Wadsworth, a master with plastic, and I started to work in the little shop on Drennen Road in Orlando.  Soon we had forty products by visiting hospitals and asking the same simple question, “What do you need to make your job easier?”

One day the phone rang and it was David Grassele from Hitachi, asking if we could do kinematics.  I had never heard the word kinematics and quickly picked up my dictionary and tried to find the word, but no success.  I finally asked, “What are kinematics?”  He replied it was moving the joints of the body and they wanted to do it in increments of five degrees, take an image at each point and put it on a video loop. This is so the radiologist could see the joint in motion.  I explained that we were not that high tech and I did not think we could do that project.  He said he had seen our products and he thought we could.  He had talked with Steve Signfield and Russ at Carrollwood Radiology in Tampa and had seen two of the devices we had custom made for them.  He was sure we could take the necessary steps they needed and wanted to fly down and visit with us.  Soon he and Joyce came to our shop and we were designing a product for them.  The next month when he came back, we had a working prototype for the patella.  David came to Orlando once a week for the next year as we worked on the set of Joint Motion Devices for kinematic studies.  We completed the set of six Joint Motion Device products.

We continued to find needs in the Trauma Department, Cardiac Cath Lab, X-Ray, MRI, CT and other departments. One day someone called and asked if we could help them protect their x-ray cassette.  We soon had an answer and started to provide cassette covers for the radiology department.  Our Charlie Bag has helped protect x-ray cassettes, x-ray techs and helped stop the spread of Staph, MRSA and other HAI’s. Chamco has now provided over four million cassette covers to help stop the spread of these diseases!

 

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