Ultrasound Service - Close to Home

The new machines have arrived!


Technicians with new machines 

 

Ultrasound Technologists Jenna Crombie (left) and Sheila Jordan (right) are celebrating the arrival of two new ultrasound machines at WDMH.  The two new ultrasound machines arrived at WDMH on May 30th and are up and running.

 

Every day, the DI  team performs important diagnostic tests, saving local community members a trip to the city, and helping patients get the answers they are looking for. In the past 10 years, almost 70,000 ultrasounds have been done at WDMH, with over 8,100 procedures in the last year alone.


The quality of images from the new machine is spectacular. Technology has advanced to a point where things that were too small to be identified before can now be identified using these units.

The total cost of the new machines was $232,307.74.

How do the new machines help patients?

 


  • They help patients get the answers they are looking for when they aren’t feeling well. 
  • The newer machines offer clearer, more detailed images, greater accuracy, and reduce the need for repeated procedures.
  • Certain procedures require a high level of precision to be effective. The probes on the newer machines are able to pick up tinier details than before. They work very well on scans of smaller body parts.
  • Smaller details can be seen at an earlier stage due to the better quality images provided by the new machines. The better the image, the more exact the diagnosis. That early diagnosis can lead to more treatment options. And that will often lead to better outcomes for patients. If it can’t be seen, it can’t be diagnosed.
  • Providing important ultrasound procedures close to home saves patients a trip to the city, something that is valued by many people.
  • We can keep up to the current demand for ultrasound procedures.

What types of ultrasound procedures are offered at WDMH?



  • Body images (can include the entire or part of the chest, abdomen, and/or pelvis) for gallstones and kidney stones, cysts or tumours.
  • Obstetrical imaging for pregnancies including First Trimester Screening testing.
  • Upper body exams (thyroid, face, and neck) for tumours or abnormal lymph nodes.
  • Breast studies to have a closer look at a lesion when dealing with potential cases of cancer. These look at the size, shape, and location of images.
  • Extremities and Doppler ultrasounds – checks major arteries and veins for narrowing or blockages by measuring the amount of blood flow.
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