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Right Arrow New Digital Flouroscopy facilities at Southport Hospital
08 January 2007 at 08:58
A new Digital Fluoroscopy room has opened at Southport & Formby District General Hospital. The room will be used to perform contrast examinations which include Barium Enemas and Swallows, ERCP's and Urodynamics.

Martin George, Deputy Radiology Services Manager, said “Rather than using traditional x-ray films the images are stored digitally, which enables the radiographer to immediately view the image rather than having to wait for the film to develop. This is better for the patients as it means that the procedure takes less time. In addition, the amount of radiation a patient is subjected to is kept to the minimum by using pulsed x-rays as opposed to a constant beam.”

Because the images are digital, they can be enhanced after the examination is completed. Images can easily be magnified to improve visualisation if required. There is also a facility to take accurate measurements on screen, which is useful in certain procedures.

In addition, there is an en suite toilet, which preserves the dignity and privacy of patients who have had a Barium Enema examination.

Notes to Editors

Photo shows:
The new machine with (from left to right)
Katherine Harvey, Radiographer;Jenny Lodge, Gastro-intestinal radiographer; Sue Draper Radiographic Assistant acting as the ‘patient’

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk