Latest digital imaging equipment installed at Great War Memorial site

SMITHS FALLS, ON – Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is thrilled to announce the installation of a new remote-control digital fluoroscopy imaging system at its Great War Memorial (GWM) site. This state-of-the-art system replaces obsolete equipment that was over 14 years old.

“This is a wonderful upgrade to our current imaging technology,” said Linda Bisonette, Vice President, Patient Care Services. “We now have the ability to perform additional tests, and the greater clarity of the x-ray image will assist us in continuing to fulfill our promise of the highest quality patient care.”

The new system, which will be used on approximately 7,900 patients a year, enables a radiologist to see moving images on a television monitor of what is happening in a patient’s body during procedures such as barium enemas. It is also used by technologists to take x-rays in support of care of inpatients, emergency patients, special programs such as orthopaedics, as well as outpatients being seen by physicians in the community.

“We are so fortunate to have the new fluoroscopy unit at the GWM site of the hospital,” said Dr. Margaret-Anne Laws, Chief, Diagnostic Imaging. “The images are superior compared to the old machine and can be obtained more quickly. Due to the additional features of the machine, we can now perform some tests here in Perth which previously could only be done in Smiths Falls. In the end, the patients will benefit and that is most important.”

Digital imaging equipment generates a picture that is stored on a computer rather than film. Unlike film, digital images can be manipulated to better see pathology, which improves its diagnostic quality. With a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), a future purchase planned by the hospital, it will be possible to electronically share imaging studies with multiple healthcare providers at the same time. These images will form a vital part of the electronic health record, and they will assist physicians to achieve timely patient diagnosis and treatment.

“I’m thrilled to have this new, state-of-the-art equipment at the GWM site,” said Pat King, Manager, Diagnostic Imaging and Cardiopulmonary Services. “Not only will it enable quality imaging for our patients for years to come, it also moves us one step closer to being ready for PACS.”

For more information, please contact:

Todd Stepanuik, President and CEO

Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital

Tel:  613-283-2330 ext. 1130

tstepanuik@psfdh.on.ca

Great War Memorial Site
33 Drummond Street West
Perth, ON K7H 2K1
Tel: (613) 267-1500
Smiths Falls Site
60 Cornelia Street West
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2H9
Tel: (613) 283-2330

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