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RADIOLOGY DEPARTMENT GETS AN UPDATE

The Sabetha Community Hospital Radiology department is upgrading their patient care by installing a digital advanced, dual-use radiography and fluoroscopy imaging system along with upgrading their mobile portable x-ray mammography machine and DEXA/bone density machine. Healthcare radiography has been trending away from the traditional analog x-ray to fully digital x-ray systems for many years because of enhanced efficiency, handling, image quality and new requirements that affect financial reimbursement for exams. The hospital has chosen the Siemens Max systems in order to optimize standardization and interchangeability of detectors.

The Siemens Luminos Agile Max x-ray room will allow for safer exams with a height-adjustable table that makes it easier for staff to transfer and work with patients. "Being able to adjust the table height for patient transfer will be a huge advantage for the technologists and the patients," said Brad Nordhus, radiological technologist. Sharper imaging is achieved with the system's dynamic flat detector system. The 2-in-1 fluoroscopy system enables patient-side fluoroscopy as well as unlimited radiography capabilities for increased system and room utilization. The CARE dose reduction program decreases radiation exposure for patients and staff, without compromising image quality.

The integrated mobile x-ray system is the Siemens Mobilett Elera Max. The mobile x-ray system allows technologists to acquire consistent high image quality at the patient's bedside. "The wireless capability of the digital portable machine has allowed us to produce high quality images with immediate results. This has been extremely advantageous when imaging patients in isolation," said DeAnn Bennett, Radiology Director. The mobile system has enabled technologists to match orders and transfer images wirelessly to the image archive system for quick interpretation and reports.

The Radiology Department is also pleased to announce in December the Hologic Selenia Dimensions 3D mammography machine that was installed. 3D mammography enhances the ability to diagnose breast cancer even earlier by taking pictures of each breast using tomosynthesis (pictures from different angles) which show each layer of breast tissue. A computer puts the images together to create 3D views of the breast and layered imaging to see tiny details that could signal cancer. The mammogram experience feels the same as with a 2D mammogram and they both use low dose x-ray. In addition, previous screening mammograms can be compared with the new 3D mammograms. Training and ACR certification were completed after installation.

In addition, installation and training was completed on a new Hologic Horizon Ci DEXA/bone density machine. DEXA scans are the most useful test to help diagnose osteoporosis by measuring the spine, hip or wrist using low dose x-ray. Pharmaceutical intervention for osteoporosis can be utilized and measured using DEXA exams which are quick and painless.
Hologic is a global well-known developer and manufacturer of diagnostic and screening equipment.

Sabetha Community Hospital is pleased to make these additions showing its dedication to providing essential screening and market leading diagnostic tools to our community. These long-term investments are an attribute to Sabetha Community Hospital's dedication to excellent patient care and were made possible by money received from the Sabetha Community Health Foundation. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Radiology Department at (785) 284-1525.

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