Mpilo un­veils 2 more X-ray, CT scan ma­chines

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Whins­ley Masara

MPILO Cen­tral Hospi­tal yes­ter­day com­mis­sioned two more X-ray and CT scan ma­chines that had been ly­ing idle for more than three years due to lack of work­ing space.

The hospi­tal has been ren­o­vat­ing the X-ray cen­tre in prepa­ra­tion for the in­stal­la­tion of the new ma­chines which were de­liv­ered to the health in­sti­tu­tion in March 2015.

The ma­chines were do­nated by the Govern­ment to ca­pac­i­tate the re­fer­ral hospi­tal and im­prove access to ba­sic med­i­cal equip­ment.

Dr Sol­wayo Ng­wenya, the hospi­tal’s clin­i­cal direc­tor, yes­ter­day said the hospi­tal had com­pleted ren­o­va­tions at the X-ray cen­tre that were done in prepa­ra­tion for the in­stal­la­tion of the new ma­chines.

“We are open­ing as from June 12 (yes­ter­day), two ex­tra X-ray ma­chines and a CT Scan in the Depart­ment of Ra­di­og­ra­phy. This will in­crease our capacity to at­tend to our pa­tients’ needs and im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery at the hospi­tal.

“The ma­chines will go a long way in re­duc­ing the num­ber of pa­tients that have to be re­ferred to other health cen­tres for X-rays. They will also help pa­tients get their test re­sults faster,” he said.

Dr Ng­wenya ad­vised mem­bers of the pub­lic that only con­sul­tants would be al­lowed to re­quest scans.

“Please note that for CT scans only con­sul­tants are al­lowed to re­quest scans and must clearly sign the forms, oth­er­wise the depart­ment of ra­di­og­ra­phy will re­ject them,” he said.

A com­put­erised to­mog­ra­phy (CT scan) uses X-rays and a com­puter to cre­ate de­tailed im­ages of the in­side of the body. CT scans can pro­duce de­tailed im­ages of many struc­tures in­side the body in­clud­ing the in­ter­nal or­gans, blood ves­sels and bones, al­low­ing ra­dio­g­ra­phers to di­ag­nose con­di­tions such as dam­age to bones, in­juries to in­ter­nal or­gans, prob­lems with blood flow, strokes and can­cer. — @win­nie_­masara

One of the ma­chines com­mis­sioned at Mpilo Cen­tral Hospi­tal’s Depart­ment of Ra­di­og­ra­phy yes­ter­day

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