Methodist Hospitals make big investment in imaging - October 9, 2014

Courtesy of NWI Times

October 09, 2014 2:00 pm   •   Joseph S. Pete, (219) 933-3316

GARY   |   Methodist Hospitals is planning a multimillion-dollar investment in the latest diagnostic imagining equipment.

The nonprofit health system signed an $11 million dollar agreement with Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. to replace its current technology with cutting-edge CT and radiography equipment.

“Methodist Hospitals is committed to providing the highest quality of care, and this starts with the quality and range of our diagnostic imaging capabilities,” said Methodist President and Interim CEO Dr. Michael Davenport. “We are pleased to be working with Siemens to bring our patients at both the Northlake and Southlake campuses the best in imaging technology.”

New equipment at Methodist Hospitals includes two SOMATOM Definition Edge 128-slice CT systems that provide clearer images in less scanning time and reduce radiation doses by up to 60 percent. Enhanced neuro and cardiac imaging capabilities allow clinicians to make better diagnoses in the most difficult cases, such as with trauma and bariatric patients.

Four new Mobilett Mira mobile digital X-ray systems also will reduce radiation doses through short exposure times. The new X-rays, among the smallest on the market, feature wireless technology and a rotating swivel arm that enables radiologists and technicians to more easily capture high-quality images.

Finally, a new Luminos dRF MAX digital radiography/fluoroscopy room lets doctors visualize body parts, foreign bodies or dye spreading through the body in real time, by combining radiography with a video screen. A flat panel detector provides sharper imaging and the lowest possible table height to make patient transfer safer.

“Siemens is honored that the Methodist Hospitals organization, with its reputation for exceptional patient care, has chosen these Siemens systems for the initial phase of its ambitious multimillion-dollar investment in advanced diagnostic imaging,” said Gregory Sorensen, CEO of Siemens Healthcare North America. “Leading-edge medical imaging technology helps physicians reach an accurate diagnosis more efficiently.”

In future phases, further additions at Methodist Hospitals will include new MRI, nuclear, medicine and ultrasound systems, including ones with breast imaging capabilities.