NEW radiology equipment valued at $600,000 has been donated to Portland District Health from a local estate.
The bequest from the Andrew Jack Charitable Trust announced yesterday will upgrade existing equipment and introduce new digital X-ray equipment.
An existing orthopantomogram (OPG) machine, used for dental x-rays, will be upgraded to include cone-beam computerised tomography (CT) scans to give three dimensional digital images of the jaw for dentists.
Chief radiographer Robin Parry said it is the only machine of its kind in the Western District.
A bone density scanner used for diagnosing osteoporosis and also measuring body fat will be purchased for the first time and fluoroscopy services will return in full to Portland, as the current machine is not fully operational, meaning people have to travel to Hamilton, Mt Gambier or Warrnambool to receive real-time x-rays.
A digital mobile fluoroscopy machine will be introduced to operating theatres too, so X-rays can be conducted during surgery and doubling as a second X-ray machine.
“If they (surgeons) are putting a nail or plating in your leg or something, they can see the screws have gone in the right spot, so real time imaging with digital capabilities is what excites everybody,” Mrs Parry said.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.