Nachako Lakes MLA John Rustad

Nachako Lakes MLA John Rustad

New digital x-ray machine for Houston Health Centre

A technological advancement is dramatically improving services for patients requiring x-ray imaging in Houston.

A technological advancement is dramatically improving services for patients requiring x-ray imaging in Houston.

The Houston Health Centre imaging department has made the switch from film to computer imaging, with the installation of a Computed Radiography System (CR 30X digitizer).

“With this new system, Houston residents can now benefit from the types of digitized medical equipment seen in other areas of the province,” said John Rustad, MLA for Nechako Lakes. “The move to computer technology means faster care for patients.”

Patients will benefit from high-quality images, and radiologists will have faster access to those images. The upgrade will also reduce the need for physicians to take follow-up images, and for x-ray results to be physically transported to physicians’ offices, as doctors will now be able to receive and view the images electronically. An end to chemical film processing also benefits diagnostic imaging staff, and the environment.

“This updated equipment is also the type of technology that today’s technicians are learning to use in school,” said Sally Sullivan, Houston Health Centre site coordinator. “This will make Houston that much more attractive from a recruitment and retention perspective.”

The imaging department at Houston Health Centre performs approximately 1150 x-ray procedures each year.

The total cost of the project is approximately $100,000 including the new equipment and minor renovations to the department. Funding partners include the Government of British Columbia (through its capital allocation to Northern Health) and the Northwest Regional Hospital District.