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MLH adds equipment

TICONDEROGA - Who wouldn't want to redecorate a room in their home, and pay for it with grant money?

Elizabeth (Liz) Barrett, radiology manager at Moses-Ludington Hospital, had the opportunity to do some major redecorating of the fluoroscopy room at the hospital. Her idea of redecorating a room may be a little different than most.

To Barrett, cutting edge digital radiology and diagnostic imaging equipment makes the best furniture. Healthcare technology changes so quickly, and the diagnostic imaging equipment at the hospital had grown obsolete.

Barrett knew that providing the highest quality care for patients meant having the best possible equipment, so she began her search. She reviewed fact sheets, interviewed vendors, and did as much as it took to locate the best possible equipment.

Bonnie Maiolo, director of materials management negotiated the best possible price, and Barb Wright, grants manager for the hospital, produced a 2010 Rural Healthcare Access Development grant that helped to pay for it. Then, Dave Morin, chief engineer, and his staff went to work to adapt the room and install the equipment.

This new GE digital fluoroscopy system is like a dream come true for the radiologist, the technician, and the patient alike. It provides clear, high-quality X-ray images and it's programmed to automatically select the techniques needed to obtain the best possible image using the least amount of radiation possible. This not only protects the patient from receiving more radiation than necessary, it also helps save energy.

Barrett continues to praise the system, explaining how it will enable the hospital to perform fluoroscopy exams much more quickly and decrease patient waiting times.

She has plans for he future, too; she's hoping to be able to perform speech pathology testing and arthrograms on site, which would save patients hours of travel time.

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