‘State of the art’

New di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment de­liv­ers bet­ter, faster care at QEH

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY

Di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal has re­ceived a high-tech up­grade.

A $925,000 nu­clear medicine SPECT/CT cam­era and a $550,000 dig­i­tal ra­dio­graphic unit, both in use since June, are prov­ing a great ben­e­fit to pa­tients and hos­pi­tal staff.

“Th­ese pieces of equip­ment are state of the art,’’ says Gai­lyne MacPher­son, pro­vin­cial di­rec­tor of di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing for Health P.E.I.

“They’re the best avail­able on the mar­ket. We have a very rig­or­ous process to pur­chase equip­ment here and we take a lot of time to go and look at ev­ery piece of equip­ment that po­ten­tially will fit our needs and make sure that we pur­chase the best piece for our needs at the time.’’

The Phillips Dig­i­talDi­ag­nost re­places a 20-year-old gen­eral X-ray ma­chine, which was the last non-dig­i­tal X-ray ma­chine in the prov­ince.

Prince Ed­ward Is­land can now lay claim to be­ing the only prov­ince in Canada that is fully dig­i­tal­ized with its X-ray ma­chines.

“I think that Is­landers may not be aware that in this prov­ince we have some of the best equip­ment that is avail­able in the coun­try,’’ notes MacPher­son.

“We have a com­pre­hen­sive plan within di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing across the prov­ince to make sure that we pur­chase equip­ment on an on­go­ing ba­sis…and that we keep the equip­ment as up to date tech­nol­ogy as we can.’’

Corinne Bell, a nu­clear medicine co-or­di­na­tor with the QEH, raves about the new nu­clear medicine SPECT (sin­gle pho­ton emis­sion com­puted to­mog­ra­phy)/CT cam­era.

“Di­ag­nos­ti­cally, the images are mag­nif­i­cent,’’ says Bell.

“Your de­tail gets much bet­ter. Your res­o­lu­tion in­creases.’’

Both the SPECT/CT cam­era and the Phillips Dig­i­talDi­ag­nost shorten a pa­tient’s visit while offering im­proved com­fort.

“It’s more slick,’’ So­phie Well­man, a med­i­cal ra­di­a­tion tech­nol­o­gist, says of the Dig­i­talDi­ag­nost.

“And just quicker pace – def­i­nitely gets pa­tients in and out a lot faster than with the old ma­chine.’’

Tracey Comeau, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the QEH Foun­da­tion, says close to $1.5 mil­lion in do­na­tions made the pur­chase of the two pieces of ad­vanced di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment pos­si­ble.

“We are very grate­ful to the en­tire Is­land com­mu­nity and be­yond for en­sur­ing QEH is well equipped to de­liver qual­ity health care here, at home,’’ says Comeau.

“We thank our donors and also the many ded­i­cated volunteers who help us ful­fil our mis­sion of rais­ing funds for pri­or­ity med­i­cal equip­ment for our Is­land’s main re­fer­ral hos­pi­tal.’’

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

Corinne Bell, a nu­clear medicine co-or­di­na­tor with the QEH, ex­plains to me­dia the op­er­a­tion and uses of the new SPECT/CT cam­era. Sheila Driscoll, de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer with the QEH Foun­da­tion, lies down on the job to serve as a pa­tient prop.

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So­phie Well­man, left, a med­i­cal ra­di­a­tion tech­nol­o­gist at the QEH, demon­strates the hos­pi­tal’s new dig­i­tal ra­dio­graphic unit with Sheila Driscoll, de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer with the QEH Foun­da­tion, play­ing the role of pa­tient.

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