Mil­lions pumped into ra­di­og­ra­phy in NW

Vuk'uzenzele - - Health - Ng­wako Mot­sieng

THE NORTH WEST Depart­ment of Health in­vested in tech­nol­ogy that will im­prove work­flow and re­duce wait­ing time for pa­tients who need to be di­ag­nosed.

The North West Depart­ment of Health has in­vested about R14 mil­lion in a state-ofthe-art com­puted to­mog­ra­phy (CT) scan­ner for Tshe­p­ong Hospi­tal.

The new scan­ner, which is sit­u­ated in the hospi­tal’s ra­di­og­ra­phy unit, will en­sure that ra­dio­g­ra­phers are able to get the best images of a pa­tient’s in­ter­nal or­gans, while they ben­e­fit from lit­tle ra­di­a­tion ex­po­sure.

Speak­ing at the un­veil­ing of the scan­ner, North West Health MEC Dr Magome Masike said the ma­chine will not make a dif­fer­ence if there are no good doc­tors to in­ter­pret the re­sults.

“We have ap­pointed ra­dio­g­ra­phers and ra­di­ol­o­gists, who are able to run the ma­chine and in­ter­pret the re­sults. In ad­di­tion, we have sur­geons and doc­tors who per­form op­er­a­tions after the re­sults have been in­ter­preted,” Dr Masike said.

“We now have the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced CT scan­ner at Tshe­p­ong hospi­tal. We need the best tech­nol­ogy to solve our pa­tients’ prob­lems,” he added.

The CT scan­ner can di­ag­nose quicker, en­sur­ing a shorter hospi­tal stay for pa­tients and pro­vid­ing ac­cess to cheaper health­care.

Tshe­p­ong Hospi­tal CEO Po­laki Mokat­sana said the ma­chine is al­ready mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

Health­care pro­fes­sion­als at the hospi­tal re­cently had to re­move a knife from the brain of a 23-year-old man from Mafikeng, who was stabbed dur­ing a brawl.

Mokat­sana said sur­geons had to con­duct a very com­plex op­er­a­tion. The CT scan showed that the knife was buried in the brain, with only the han­dle stick­ing out.

“We are sure this new CT scan­ner will not only im­prove work­flow and re­duce pa­tients’ wait­ing times, it will also of­fer ad­di­tional ex­am­i­na­tions like car­diac CT, CT colonog­ra­phy and CT dig­i­tal sub­trac­tion an­giog­ra­phy,” said Mokat­sana.

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