Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mobile Mammography Van Unveiled

Mountain Mail reports

Socorro General Medical Group at Socorro General Hospital has partnered with the company High Resolution in Albuquerque and will now offer state-of-the-art digital mammography services through a mobile unit to Socorro County patients. The new mobile van replaces the analog screening mammography previously used.
The mobile mammography van includes a patient reception area and private areas for preparation and imaging. The van includes a bathroom and access for those with special needs.
“This is a significant enhancement for the hospital and in patient care for residents of Socorro County,” said Paul Wiest, Socorro General Hospital Radiology Department Manager, in a press release. “This technology and convenience is now offered locally and I think this enhancement shows the dedication and commitment Socorro General Hospital has in serving the community.”
Digital mammography provides enhanced image clarity far better than older methods. Images are transferred the same day to clinicians who can interpret and report the results to the doctor faster, which allows for the ability to screen more patients.
“It’s amazing how much faster this machine is. It will cut most, if not all exams by at least one-third to one-half the time and the clarity is outstanding,” Wiest said. “The acquisition time of the image is faster.”
The van makes it possible to offer digital mammography services semi-monthly in Socorro on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Patients will also continue to have the option to utilize digital mammography services at High Resolution in Albuquerque.
“This new technology brings superior image quality to our patients and is part of Presbyterian’s continued commitment to improve clinical quality,” Wiest said. “As we look for new and innovative ways to deliver care, this is one example of transforming the way we provide enhanced technology to better serve our patients and communities.”

Picture: Theresa, a technician for High Resolution, shows off the new examination room in the mobile mammography van.

Photo by John Larson


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