Cunningham said digital mammography provides a greater clarity to the images taken, and added that the hospital has also employed a large radiology group with several sub-specialists to interpret the images.
“I want what’s best for this community and at a reasonable price,” said Cunningham. “And this digital mammography system is state of the art and top notch.”
The digital mammography service, which the hospital has already started using on patients, means that, combined with the team of radiology specialists, physicians can get a scan back faster and will be able to formulate a plan of action that much faster as well, said Cunningham.
The Picture Archival Communications System (PACS) can be used by any physician who is given access, even if that physician is at another hospital such as Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which is a significant benefit to the hospital’s patients, said Cunningham.
Since the PACS computer system will allow physicians with the proper access codes at any hospital to see a scan or a test, said physicians will be able to figure out how to help patients even faster, added Cunningham.
“It offers so much for our community,” Cunningham said.
To pay for the digital mammography system, the hospital is seeking a telemedicine grant so that the federal government can pay for it, said Cunningham, who added that the hospital is “taking it for a test drive.”
With PACS and the digital mammography system, Trigg County Hospital will be able to offer patients something that until recently only larger hospitals could provide.
For more information about the new services, contact Trigg County Hospital.