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Australia : New medical imaging equipment for country South Australians

April 25, 2014



Country residents are benefiting from a $2.6 million investment in specialised x-ray and imaging equipment across rural areas of South Australia.

Over the past 12 months, country hospitals have received 20 new mobile x-ray machines, two ultrasound machines, two digital fluoroscopy x-ray machines, a digital dental x-ray unit and a CT scanning machine, with another six mobile x-ray machines due later this year.

Health Minister Jack Snelling said the roll out of new equipment was the result of an extensive audit of the state s hospitals to assess each health service s imaging needs.

The SA Medical Imaging team visited every hospital in the state to figure out exactly where the new equipment was most needed and could have the most impact, Mr Snelling said.

The brand-new, state-of-the-art equipment uses low doses of radiation, making the x-ray process safer for the patient, as well as the staff member performing the procedure. They are also light and portable and can be taken to a patient s bedside with ease.

Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said having this technology in country communities meant that people can receive more care close to home, reducing the stress and financial burden associated with regular travel to Adelaide.

We need to continue to invest in our country hospitals to ensure all South Australians have access to high quality health care, Mr Brock said. The new imaging equipment has now been delivered to over 20 different country health sites, improving services for local communities.

The x-ray machines can also be used in conjunction with new digital processors that have been rolled out to country hospitals over the past 18 months, improving the quality of x-rays and allowing them to be digitally sent to metropolitan radiologists for interpretation.

Mr Snelling said this meant that patients can have their images seen more quickly than before, improving treatment times and leading to better outcomes.

We have also delivered other high-tech medical imaging equipment, such as ultrasounds and fluoroscopy units, digital OPG and CT scanning machines that will be valuable additions for larger country hospitals, which are able to perform more complex imaging services, he said.


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Source: TendersInfo (India)