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Diagnostic services at children's hospital get a boost

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Diagnostic services at the Bustamante Hospital for Children have been improved with the installation of a $68.5-million fluoroscopy unit.

The unit, which is the second of its kind in the public sector and the first for children, is also expected to reduce the processing time for X-rays from 90 to 15 minutes.

A fluoroscopy unit consists of a specialised X-ray machine that produces real-time moving images that can be viewed on a TV-type monitor. It will assist in the diagnosing of problems that affect inner organs such as the stomach, intestines, kidneys and bladder.

Speaking at the official commissioning ceremony at the hospital's Arthur Wint Drive location on Thursday, Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton said this will assist in the Government's drive to improve the quality and delivery of health care in the country.




Tufton said that since the start of the year, 30,501 X-rays have been done at the hospital, adding that between January and December last year, the number of X-rays done was 21,516.

He lauded the various organisations for their continued support to the development of the hospital, including the National Health Fund.