Published on May 14, 2020

Essentia Health Retrofit Improves Patient Care

Essentia Health-Fosston’s digital x-ray machine has been updated to provide clearer images. The Digital X-ray Retrofit is now installed and running.

Kayla Olson, imaging manager in Fosston explains, “there’s no doubt this is better technology. The direct radiography (DR) quality is better than with our previous computed radiography (CR) and provides a far clearer image. For example, cardiac silhouettes are far more defined as is fluid or nodules in the lungs.” The time it takes images to be processed is much faster as well. What used to take 2-3 minutes is now taking 3-5 seconds. “This is a huge benefit to our patients,” Olson says.

In addition to the upgrade of the x-ray machine, this new technology works with a portable unit the hospital has as well. Olson says, the new DR detector works on the portable unit and transmits the x-ray image electronically to a screen in the radiology department.

This upgrade was a large undertaking and the nearly $55,000 project was funded entirely by First Care Foundation. “Keeping care close to home is important and when we can work with First Care Foundation and generous donors who help make something like this possible, it’s a win-win for all of us and definitely something to celebrate,” shares Kevin Gish, administrator. Gish continues, “ultimately, our patients are the ones who benefit, and we are pleased to make this upgrade to continue providing the best possible care, right here in Fosston.”

While use of the new technology has gotten off to a slower than normal start due to lower patient volumes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, staff at Essentia Health-Fosston have spent time training with the manufacturer’s application specialist. As Essentia Health returns to more face-to-face care, staff are comfortable and confident with the new technology.

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