WARSAW — What does the presence of a new, state-of-the-art piece of radiology equipment at Wyoming County Community Health System mean for the local community? “…That patient should come to Warsaw for imaging,” Peggy Morgan Hise, director of radiology outpatient services, chuckled around 1 p.m. on Wednesday during a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. “We have kind staff and kind people taking care of you.” As she spoke, she stood inside a freshly renovated examination room and gestured toward the shining new generation General Electric NM830 — an all-purpose, dual detector free-geometry integrated nuclear imaging system better known a “Gamma Camera,” — that was housed just behind her. “We’ve got the newest piece of equipment between here

and New York City!” Over a slice of celebratory cake and the remnants of a blue ribbon that, now split in two, littered the tiled hospital floor, she and other staff, executives and the same GE official who sported Superman socks with capes at a recent X-Ray machine unveiling in Batavia gathered to usher in the new piece of tech and offer up their praise for the facility’s $300,000 investment. “The scan times are a third of what they were and the images are much more detailed,” Dr. Neal Young said as he ticked off a lengthy list of benefits he’d noticed since the first patients were serviced on the machine about a week ago. “You can just see in terms of the homogeny of the perfusion and the ventilation scans what impact (the machine) has.” The system, used to carry out nuclear-assisted functional scans of the brain, thyroid, lungs, liver, gallbladder, kidneys and skeleton, is capable of whole body scans with improved detection at up to 50 percent less dosage

of previous technology, officials said, and will aid tremendously in “the improved quality and accuracy of diagnosis” of patients at WCCH facilities. And with faster scan times and a patient weight capacity of up to 500 pounds, its benefits are numerable, Morgan Hise explained. “It’s an upgraded service that we can provide for our cardiology patients that decreases the amount of time they’re laying on the table,” they’re laying on the table,” she said. “Instead of somebody being here for an hour for a test, it shortens the time that they’re here, so that’s big for the patients.” Perhaps the greatest innovation, however, is the technology’s ability to capture, and send on, vivid imagery of moving body parts, Morgan Hise said. “Anything that’s a moving image, like a beating heart, we can send to the radiologist and they can actually see the heart as it’s beating,” Morgan Hise explained. “With that heart, the cardiologist now can actually see the wall of the heart as it contracts and make a measurement to see how efficiently it’s pumping. That’s a big deal.” And so hospital officials treated the investment as such, devoting themselves to roughly a year of extensive research before deciding on the GE model and allowing for a few minor renovations that proved necessary to accommodate the larger piece of equipment. They were content, they said, as they watched guests mill about and examine the “Gamma Camera” up close, as the general consensus proved that the machine “looks really great, and turned out really nice.”

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