Mille Lacs Health System has installed a new, updated, state-of-the-art radiographic (X-ray) system on their Onamia campus. Aligning with its Mission Statement to be “the best place to give and receive care,” the Radiology Department will now have digital radiology available to patients who need radiographic imaging.
Radiology is one of the main diagnostic tools used in health care today. MLHS experiences approximately 177,000 patient encounters in one year. Some of those occur in the neighborhood clinics, and over nine thousand of those occur in the ER or Urgent Care. Of those, over six thousand patients will end up needing an X-ray.
Jennifer Connors, Radiology Manager at MLHS, says the new equipment will provide a higher level of productivity in time-sensitive situations, a 50% reduction in radiation doses, better diagnoses and outcomes, and an increase in patient safety. “We won’t ever have to leave a patient’s side again while they are having X-rays,” she noted. “Patients feel safer if they’re not left alone.”
The new equipment was purchased through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health; and with donations from the Mille Lacs Area Health Foundation, the Mille Lacs Health System Auxiliary, and the City of Isle.