Dr. Elizabeth Holland is a digital radiologist who sub-specializes in breast imaging and she works with a Radiology Imaging Consultants, a Chicago company that was contracted for radiology services at Trigg County Hospital. She said that the new suite will provide better services for local patients.
“The radiology department has completely revamped and upgraded services to digital services,” Holland said. “It has improved access to care and efficiency of care.”
Jill Cunningham, director of radiology at TCH, said the hospital started using the digital equipment on Thursday, July 1, although they didn’t have access to the direct telemedicine until Monday, when Holland will start reading the tests.
The new machine will help technicians determine if a proper image has been made and will make diagnoses faster, said Holland, who added that although the process will be the same as the old mammograms, someone from Chicago will be able the results of a mammogram from Cadiz almost instantaneously.
“The imaging exams that are performed here in Trigg County … are electronically transferred to our computer monitors in Oakland, Ill., a suburb of Chicago,” Holland said. “Historically, it could take several weeks for the entire evaluation to take place, now we’re doing it all in one sitting.”
Holland said that although she was only in the area for a couple of days last week, the new system will allow for “real-time interaction” between patients and technologists at TCH and radiologists in Chicago, adding that if a patient came in at 11 a.m., by 12 noon specialists might have an answer.
For younger women, the new system might be more “diagnostic” as well, said Holland, who continued on by explaining that they are pre-menopausal and might have denser tissues, and digital machines could be able to see through the tissues better.
Cunningham said there isn’t anyone with Holland’s specialization in Trigg County – a patient would have to go to Nashville or further to find someone with that kind of experience.
“So, we’re actually providing better care than anyone else in the area,” said Cunningham. “And I’m very proud to provide that service for our patients.”
Holland said that Radiology Imaging Consultants has been providing radiology services to practices and hospitals in this state for a number of years, and this July formed a relationship with TCH.