New x-ray machine will make service quicker and easier at hospital

Getting an x-ray at the Broken Hill Hospital will be quicker and easier following installation of a new $400,000 x-ray machine.

The hospital’s Medical Imaging Department has had a new Phillips Digital Radiography Suite x-ray machine installed this week.

“We’re very excited to have this new machine installed and for our radiographers to be able to use the latest technology,” said Ms Samantha Gogler, Medical Imaging Department Manager.

Ms Gogler said the new machine has a very quick image acquisition time and provides for more flexibility in taking x-rays of elderly and infirm patients.

“It will improve the service and speed in which clients can have an x-ray and also has improved ergonomics for the radiographers,” she said.

“The increased throughput should translate to getting patients through for their x-rays quicker. It is a more reliable machine and will be less subject to breakdowns and service disruption.”

“The new x-ray machine and its technology is comparable to those in some of NSW Health’s major hospitals in Sydney where the feedback from staff there has been nothing but positive.”

Ms Gogler added clients will only get a quarter of the radiation dose to achieve images compared to the old machine it replaces. That machine was manufactured in 1976 and has been disposed of.

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