Southwest Health System has updated two X-ray rooms to digital radiology, resulting in faster examinations and less exposure to radiation, according to a news release.
The radiology department also bought two mobile digital systems.
“Studies show that converting from the CR to DR technology can reduce radiation doses by 30-50 percent,” Haley Leonard Saunders said.
The health group also has ordered an X-ray system for orthopedic and spine surgeries. The new C-arm machine provides surgeons with improved visualization and produces less radiation dosages for patients and staff, she said.
The cardiopulmonary department has installed Holter monitors. The camera-size device can find irregular heart rhythms that an electrocardiogram can’t.
The 3D mammography unit has received FDA and American College of Radiology approval. The unit produces 3D images, allowing an accurate analysis and search for abnormalities. The radiation dose is equivalent to that of a traditional 2D mammogram.