‘State of the art’
New diagnostic equipment delivers better, faster care at QEH
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.’’
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.
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.