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New Technology allows MMH Doctors to Keep a Watch Out for Your Body’s Hidden Dangers

September 26, 2017

IMPROVED IMAGING TECHNOLOGY - Dr. Terrance Schumpert, Radiologist, uses the new Barco imaging screens and updated Fuji software to analyze a patient’s mammogram.
Massena Memorial Hospital recently invested more than $250,000 in the latest imaging technology available to give our doctors the best tools necessary to analyze patients’ medical images. The upgrades include two high-definition computer monitors to give our radiologists more detail in the images they view and allow doctors to view images securely even when they are on the go. 
The Fuji Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) upgrade syncs perfectly with the new Barco Coronis Uniti monitors, which allow MMH Radiologist Dr. Terence  Schumpert the ability to view X-Rays, Ultrasounds, CT scans, Mammograms, and MRIs with greater detail and clarity. The U.S. Department of Health  requires hospitals to use a computer screen with a minimum of 5 MP to view image test results. MMH purchased two 12 MP, top of the line computer screens as a commitment to ensure the hospital employs the best technology to provide superior imaging for our patients. “I am very impressed. The Barco monitors provide superb image quality and definition. In addition, to the monitors, the new Fuji PACs upgrade has made breast imaging much more efficient,” Dr. Schumpert said.
“High-end state of the art equipment is important to acquiring images and it should be equally important in the viewing and interpretation of those images,” said Administrative Director of Diagnostic Imaging/Cardiac Services Robert Elsner.  “The images our radiologists look at are becoming more detailed.  You would not want your exam interpreted by a radiologist looking at images on a computer screen with the same resolution as your home TV or that used to browse the internet.”
Cancer, Alzheimer’s,  Multiple Sclerosis, blood clots, and many other diseases affecting the brain, nervous system or circulatory system can often diagnosed with the help of CT scans, MRIs and other digital imaging scans. If detected early enough the progression of some of these aliments can be dramatically slowed or even cured. Between the detail provided by the new monitors and the advanced tools of the new software, radiologists and physicians can zoom in and analyze even the smallest abnormalities. 
A new aspect to this technology upgrade is the iCad (Computer Aided Detection) program. It alerts radiologists to changes in a patient’s mammogram from one exam to the next.  “This feature is especially helpful where radiologists review multiple mammograms from several years, looking for those subtle changes that may indicate disease, so that early intervention and treatment can occur,” Elsner explained.
With the Synapse Mobility component of the upgrade, doctors can now view a digital medical image when they are away from their desk. Doctors used to be only able to view digital medical images on a computer screens.  MMH doctors can also now log into a secure website to pull up digital medical images from their smartphone or tablet. This feature helps doctors communicate more efficiently with the radiologist and to review a patient’s images, even when they are at the patient’s bedside. 
MMH’s commitment to invest in new technology continues to benefit our patients, continuing to provide them the best quality care from prevention to recovery as we meet their medical needs.  “MMH continues to take the lead in acquiring advanced technology, showing the foresight to plan for and acquire new state-of-the-art technologies when they become available,” Elsner said. 
MMH’s Imaging Department offers CT scans, Ultrasound, Mammograms, Nuclear Medicine, X-Rays and MRI testing.  To schedule an appointment please call 315-769-4228. Appointments are available from 7 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday for an appointment.  Walk-Ins are available for X-Rays