Our safety measures and initiatives
STEGH’s commitment to providing safe, effective and compassionate care means investing in technology to best support patient care. This past fiscal year, STEGH purchased two pieces of diagnostic imaging equipment that will ensure our patients receive the safest care possible. Funding for these new machines was generously provided by the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation.
Our new CT Scanner is a state-of-the-art scanner and will help us to not only enhance our current programs by offering superior imaging, but will allow us to now offer cutting edge imaging. We will have the ability to perform new types of scans not possible on our old technology. Increased efficiencies with the speed of scanning, as well as post processing imaging capabilities and computer-enhanced programs, will allow our physicians to see the body in 3D, improving our ability to identify abnormalities.
Additional benefits of the new CT Scanner include reduced radiation doses, the ability to do acute stroke imaging, and dedicated cancer risk imaging.
We also added a new mammography suite this past year. The suite has given us an increased level of quality that will also improve our ability to detect abnormalities. This state-of-the-art piece of equipment will be the gateway for us to become a Breast Assessment Centre here at STEGH, which will focus on wait times and service. We will have the ability in the future to perform biopsies that we were unable to do in the past simply thanks to this new unit.
Mammography exams can be perceived as uncomfortable, unnerving and intimidating by some women. STEGH’s new mammography suite has been designed to help alleviate some of these fears. It is equipped with a new, state-of-the-art Digital Mammography system and sensory suite concept that is designed to stimulate a woman’s senses using seaside, garden and waterfall images and sounds to distract her from the perceived discomfort, pain, and anxiety of a mammogram. With the new equipment, the GE Senographe, we are also able to provide low-dose, high quality images with a more efficient platform for our technologists and a more ergonomic design that provides a more comfortable exam for our patients.
Our diagnostic imaging department performs close to 9,200 imaging procedures annually.
STEGH’s new mammography suite is equipped with a new, state-of-the-art Digital Mammography system and sensory suite concept that is designed to stimulate a woman’s senses using seaside, garden and waterfall images and sounds to distract her from the perceived discomfort, pain, and anxiety of a mammogram.