Ross Memorial acquires innovative X-ray
December 19, 2018
LINDSAY, Ont. – Work currently underway in the Ross Memorial Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department includes the installation of X-ray/Fluoroscopy technology that will transform care at the hospital.
The system consists of the Siemens Healthineers Multiton Rax, the first one the company has installed in Canada. It’s a highly roboticized X-ray system that moves around the patient while the patient remains stationary.
“If you’ve ever had an X-ray, you know it can be painful and difficult to shift and adjust your body so the Technologist can get the best image. Imagine robotic arms that move the scanners around you to get the most precise image,” said Dr. Paul Wilson (pictured on left), RMH chief of radiology.
The system also provides 3D imaging with far less radiation than CT systems. And it enables imaging while the patient is standing up or lying down – pathologies can look different, depending on whether the patient is upright and putting pressure on a joint, for example.
The RMH Foundation is pleased to work with Dr. Wilson to launch ‘The Greatest Gifts’ Holiday Appeal to support the cost of this state-of-the-art medical equipment.
“This new technology will do more than improve our patients’ experience. It will enable the potential future development of Interventional Radiology services at Ross Memorial Hospital.”
Interventional Radiology is a medical specialty that involves the use of imaging to guide a physician during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures such as needle biopsies and the insertion of catheters or PICC lines (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) to deliver intravenous (IV) medications. Currently, patients requiring this specialty service must be transferred to a hospital outside of this community.
“This is an exciting time – for patients and for the team at the Ross. How thrilling to be the first hospital in Canada to offer this unique technology that transforms the team’s diagnostic and treatment abilities,” said Brian Kelsey (pictured on right), RMHF board chair. “We’re mailing Dr. Wilson’s Holiday Appeal letter to every household in the City of Kawartha Lakes so everyone can help transform care at Ross Memorial Hospital.”
“Here at the Ross, we count donor support among our greatest gifts,” said Erin Coons (pictured in middle), RMHF executive director. “The hospital doesn’t receive provincial funding to cover the cost of this equipment. Without the generosity of so many individuals, organizations and businesses in our community, important projects such as this wouldn’t be possible. We’re so fortunate to have exceptional support for exceptional care in the City of Kawartha Lakes.”