Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for U.S. women under the age of 55. The Richland Hospital invested in the Senographe Essential full-field digital mammography system from GE Healthcare. Senographe Essential produces digital images on a computer screen, which help the physicians who read them make accurate diagnoses. Consultation between physicians is enhanced because the digital images are more suitable for electronic transfer.
“Be very proud,” Charlene Grabowski, General Manager of X-ray for GE said. “This machine is the latest and greatest in terms of mammography equipment.” According to Grabowski, only 40% of U.S. women over 40 get their mammogram screening. “In Richland County the number drops to 30%,” she said. “Thank you for stepping out there and being the first in the area and one of the first small rural hospitals to invest in this technology.”
According to Richland Hospital CEO, Steve Nockerts, it is not too often that the Richland Hospital has the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of technology. “It’s always been our policy to not necessarily be the first, but to never be the last to get and use the latest technologies,” he said. “This worked out well timing-wise for us. And, I want to congratulate the Medical Imaging Department and especially Marsha (Jones, RTR), Mike (Werren, Department Manager) and Cindy (Chicker, Assistant Administrator) for working to get this piece of equipment.”
According to Nockerts, the Senographe Essential will not only benefit patients and doctors, but it will also makes conducting the test safer and easier for the technicians. “With this machine less radiation is emitted, making it safer for technicians conducting multiple tests. It is also more ergonomically friendly,” Nockerts said.
Brian Fretchel is GE’s Women’s Health Care Business Manager in WI and has been involved in women’s health issues for more than 23 years. “This is really a special day for us all,” he said. “Digital mammography holds the promise of detecting breast cancer earlier.”
According to Marsha Jones, Richland Hospital Registered Radiological Technologist & Registered Mammographer, patients are excited about the new machine. “Tests will be a little more comfortable and go a little faster,” she said.
Doctors and technicians at The Richland Hospital are using the Aquilion 16 CT system, by Toshiba. It is among the most advanced in the field, making CT exams at the Richland Hospital safer, more comfortable, and more accurate than ever. For the patients, this means more detailed images captured by the new scanner allows for more accurate diagnosis.
According to the technologists who perform tests using this piece of equipment, "The new scanner is faster and capable of doing more tests than the scanner we had before. It takes about 15 seconds to complete an abdominal / pelvis CT scan now compared to about 15 minutes with the old scanner."