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Monday, June 19, 2017

New Digital X-ray Machine Installed at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital

The final piece of imaging equipment funded by the Get Better capital campaign is fully operational at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital (SMMH) Site.


The new Siemens Ysio Max digital X-ray machine is a much-needed tool for improved diagnostics and patient outcomes that captures clearer images with greater detail, which improves accuracy in interpretation and diagnoses.

“With this state-of-the-art technology, the time a patient spends on the X-ray table during their appointment will be significantly reduced,” says Natalie Bubela, Chief Executive Officer. “As soon as the patient is positioned, the images are immediately on display. Before, with our old computed radiography (non digital) machine, the imaging technologist had to take the CR cassette out of the machine and place it in a reader in another room in order to pull up the images.”


Not only capable of taking images from a variety of angles with minimal patient movement, the digital X-ray machine uses significantly less radiation, making it safer for all, adds Bubela.


The new digital X-ray machine represents the final piece of imaging equipment installed at SMMH through the Foundation’s Get Better capital campaign. A huge focus of the $6.5 million campaign was a more than $2.5 million investment in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. The campaign funds purchased a new CT Scanner, a digital mammography unit (jointly supported by the Auxiliary to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital), and a new digital Fluoroscopy machine in addition to the X-ray machine.

Equipment costs are entirely funded through donations to our Foundation from the community.


“Upgrading aging equipment helps us to better serve our community and positions the department to meet evolving Radiology practices and a broad range of imaging needs into the future,” says Bubela. “It is only through donor support that MAHC can enhance patient care through the most advanced equipment and we need your continued support and help to do that.”


“The hospital’s equipment and technology needs today are in the millions just to keep pace with technology,” adds Colin Miller, Executive Director of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation. “It is only through the generosity of our donors that we can ensure both patients and clinicians have access to the very best.”

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