September 7, 2012
Participating in a recent blessing ceremony for the new X-ray suites were: Kelly Gilchrist, RN; Jennifer Quinn, staff technologist; Nancy Rodriguez, supervisor, Nuclear Medicine; C.J. Urlaub, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital; Sue Lipiarz, lead technologist; Chris Walker, chief technologist; Dr. Gerald Joyce, chairman of Radiology; Peggy Jetter, director of Imaging Services; Darlene Byrne, data coordinator, Imaging Services; and Terrie Livingston, manager of Radiology.
The $1.6 million project features the latest imaging technology available to improve patient safety and comfort, while producing high quality images within seconds to aid in faster diagnoses.
Unlike traditional X-ray film images, digital x-rays can be processed almost instantaneously, resulting in shorter test and wait times for patients and quicker viewing for physicians.
“The opening of our new digital X-ray suites demonstrates our ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality care and improved safety to our patients by significantly reducing radiation dosage,” said Peggy Jetter, director of Imaging Services at Mercy Hospital. “Not only are we bringing the latest advancements in diagnostic imaging to our community, but we are enhancing the patient experience with easier access and convenience for our patients.”
A key feature of the Siemens digital imaging system is the large flat-panel detector that enables physicians to examine a wider area of the anatomy without repositioning the patient, resulting in reduced scan times and radiation doses. The system also features an adjustable table with a 660-pound weight capacity and 24-inch wide opening to accommodate children and adult patients, as well as immobile and bariatric patients.
The two digital radiographic/fluoroscopic imaging suites, equipped with fully wireless Siemens® Imaging Systems, bring Mercy Hospital one step closer to conveniently locating all of its Imaging Services together on the hospital’s main floor.
In May of 2011, the hospital opened its new MRI/CT Suite featuring leading-edge technology, while becoming the first and only hospital in the Buffalo area to offer the Flash CT scanner, one of the world’s fastest CTs with the lowest dosage of radiation exposure.