Dragon View Gardens Cancer Support & Resource Program Donation



Gerry Orum and Beth Noakes from the Dragon View Gardens Cancer Support & Resource Program (left) presenting the cheque to Dr. Winston Ramsewak, Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging. (right)
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Ralph Nicoletti, Director of Diagnostic Imaging, speaking to the press about the donation and briefly about the machine.
 
On October 20, 2011 Windsor Regional Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department and Digital Radiography Unit in the Emergency Department received a generous donation from the Dragon View Gardens Cancer Support & Resource Program for $150,000. The donation represents a payment towards their pledge for a new multi-diagnostic Fluoroscopy System.

The new facility has replaced a quite out dated machine and it is more mobile and can facilitate heavier patients. The image intensifier is attached to an arm and is equipped with bi directional tilt allowing the images and x-rays to be taken from multiple angles and directions. This requires the patient to move and turn less than they had to for the older machine, there by decreasing patient movement and discomfort. The pictures from the out dated machine were becoming blurry and they weren’t clear or distinct as they should have been. The machine also struggled in taking x-rays of larger patients but this new machine can handle them without a problem.

This new machine makes the procedures easier on the technicians, patients and personnel interpreting the images produced. The machine takes clearer more precise images and takes them faster than the previous machine.

The machine is also safer for both older and younger patients and for the technicians operating the instrument as well. With this new device the radiation levels can be adjusted to lower doses to facilitate children. This is so that a child gets an adjustable dosage that is safe for them, not a general x-ray for everyone regardless of size and age. The technicians, doctors and operators of the device are now able to stand away from the patients while the x-ray is being taken, the arm is controlled remotely as to keep the operator from taking in the radiation from the machine.

A cheque was presented to Dr. Winston Ramsewak, Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging, by Gerry Orum and Beth Noakes from the newly renamed ‘Dragon View Gardens Cancer Support & Resource Program’. Windsor Regional Hospital would like to thank them for their generous pledge and to the participants who donated, supported and participated in the Dragon Boat Festival.