District Clubs Provide Digital X-ray System for 8,000 Children in Guatemala
Six Rotary clubs in District 6440 and District 4250 in
The system, which will be installed at a municipal clinic called Salud y Bienestar Municipal Direccion in
The digital components were selected to ensure the simplicity and utility of the system. Computed Radiography technology employs a CR plate and plate reader to provide a digital image. The plate is placed in a standard cassette holder in the X-ray system in place of film. The materials in the plate are highly sensitive to X-rays and “store” the energy of the X-ray image. The plate reader is a laser line scanner which scans the plate and then returns the plate to its pre-exposure state – it “erases “the X-ray image so that the plate can be used repeatedly.
Next, the stored image is sent to the server which supports the workstation and viewing stations that are located in the physicians’ work areas. Internet connectivity enables images to be sent to local, off-site radiologists who can consult with the physicians at the clinic. Internet connectivity also enables electronic storage and retrieval from massive databases structured to service multiple locations.
This system eliminates the need for film and chemicals, a dark room, and film processing equipment. It provides virtually immediate access to the images while the patient is still in the clinic and provides for expert consultation by radiologists, wherever they may be located, thereby overcoming the absence of radiologists in remote locations. Individual patient images can be provided to each patient in the form of CDs or flash drives.
This imaging system can be used to help diagnose trauma injuries, lung disease, including tuberculosis, heart disease, and a host of other medical conditions. Fractured limbs can be set properly and disease diagnosed more accurately, quickly, and earlier with the availability of this health care technology. Furthermore, health data entered into the system may be de-identified and used by public health departments to understand and track disease trends throughout the community and region.
The pilot site in
This system is being provided by the World Health Imaging, Telemedicine, and Informatics Alliance (WHITIA) a not-for-profit corporation founded by Rotarians from Rotary Districts 6440 and 6450,
District 6440 clubs that participated in funding the installation include Arlington Heights Sunrise,