New diagnostics key to patient care
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provide higher resolution images of the heart and coronary arteries.
two digital mammography machines will be installed.”
planned for an expansion of the Diagnostic Imaging department. (See story on page 1.)
By having room to change, prepare, and rest after a procedure, patients will be offered more convenience and be kept much more comfortable.
“The 64-slice CT will be another tool for us,” says cardiologist Scott Schafer, MD, of Mid Coast Cardiology.
“For patients in the Emergency Department experiencing chest pains or other symptoms, we can get very clear images—non-invasively— that may indicate if heart disease is the problem or will give us the indication we need for further testing.”
With only the use of contrast dye injected into an IV, the device can produce precise diagnostic pictures in ten seconds that can “freeze” the motion of the heart. This will
“This advanced CT is going to offer significant diagnostic benefits to all the other medical specialties
including surgeons, oncologists,
gastroenterologists, and others— who use the CT as well,” says Quill.
While there has always been excitement surrounding digital mammography, there is now a scientific body of knowledge surrounding its effectiveness and a second generation of equipment and software to make it a technology appropriate to a community hospital.
“The Breast Health Center is dedicated to providing the very best service to the women we serve,” says Kim Lynch, RN, Breast Health Center coordinator. “As we [the Breast Health Center] move into a new location at the new medical office building on campus,
The advantages tend to be most apparent for women before meno- pause and those who have dense breast tissue, according to Lynch.
Dense breast tissue has always been a particular problem for traditional mammography, but digital images are clearer and able to be manipulated.
“The image can be enhanced, lightened or darkened, the contrast can be adjusted, and the image can be enlarged without losing as much detail as with film,” Lynch says.
“The clearer images make it easier to spot abnormalities— especially along the skin line and where the breast meets the torso. Our technologists can take several views of an area, and evaluate the picture without developing—before a patient leaves the building—to see if the image is adequate.
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Class of ’06 at Mid Coast Hospital
NURSING INSTRUCTOR Jean Dvorak, RN, MS, in pink smock at right, gathers with her Class of 2006 nursing students in the Healing Garden at Mid Coast Hospital.
The group is the latest to complete its clinical studies at Mid Coast.
Photo by Mike L’Abbé
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