Above photo: Egidio Pasin, medical imaging site coordinator, and Dr. Kevin Rowan, department head of diagnostic imaging inside the new dual fluorscopy unit at Lions Gate Hospital.
Patients at Lions Gate Hospital now have faster access to state-of-the-art X-ray technology thanks to a new dual fluoroscopy and digital X-Ray unit funded by Lions Gate Hospital Foundation that started operating this week.
With the installation of this advanced equipment, staff at the LGH imaging department are able to increase the hospital’s X-ray capacity by up to 50% and provide speedier diagnosis to patients.
As well as capturing traditional X-ray images, the technology allows radiographers to view real-time internal images of moving body parts and systems. Not only is the technology used to diagnose problems, it can be used during a range of procedures such as barium X-rays and as a tool to guide physicians administering pain medications to the spine or joints.
Patients from the LGH emergency department and cast clinic with suspected fractures, patients with spinal injuries, arthritis and chronic back pain as well as patients, who have suffered a stroke, will be among those treated in the new unit.
The fluoroscopy and digital X-ray unit and additional installation renovation work, which cost $1.2 million, were funded by the generosity of 1,549 donors from the local community who responded to the Foundation’s 2016 fluoroscopy campaign.
“With the installation of the fluoroscopy and digital X-ray unit, Lions Gate Hospital is one of the best equipped hospitals of its size in the province,” says Dr. Kevin Rowan, Head of Diagnostic Imaging at LGH.
“I would like to acknowledge and thank Lions Gate Hospital Foundation and all of the donors who will make a dramatic difference to the patients who rely on this equipment to receive the care they need. The Foundation has funded all of our capital equipment and without this support, we would not be able to keep our diagnostic tools up to date.”