Swedish Opens Region's Largest Medical-Imaging Unit

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Swedish Medical Center

    SEATTLE, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical imaging has come a long way
 since the accidental discovery of X-ray a century ago. Locally, that evolution
 can be seen clearly on Swedish Medical Center's First Hill campus.
     Today, Swedish opens a state-of-the-art imaging department on the fourth
 floor of the medical center's now completed East Tower. Three years in the
 planning and at a cost of $33 million, Swedish Medical Imaging Services is the
 largest and most comprehensive facility of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.
     "Imaging is truly the 'unseen hand' in modern health care," said
 department medical director Margaret Linn, M.D., a partner at Seattle
 Radiologists. "It helps physicians make earlier and better diagnoses in cases
 of cancer, cardiac problems, high-risk pregnancy, stroke, fractures and almost
 every other area of medicine."
     The new unit incorporates all of the most advanced imaging technologies
 used in diagnosing both simple and complex medical conditions. It will be open
 around-the-clock and see 200 to 300 people per day.
     Covering more than 33,000 square feet, the department includes:
 
     -- four nuclear-medicine suites
     -- three interventional radiology suites
     -- seven ultrasound suites
     -- two fluoroscopy suites
     -- two general radiographic suites
     -- and a chest radiographic suite
 
     The new unit features the latest imaging equipment, including GE Medical
 System's most advanced Lightspeed(TM) Plus computerized tomography (CT)
 scanner; a short-bore magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system; and a bi-plane
 fluoroscopic X-ray machine that produces true 3-D images.
     New information technology provides much greater efficiency in record
 keeping and the transfer of medical data. Swedish has installed a filmless,
 all-digital computed radiography (CR) system and a picture archival and
 communications system (PACS) that allow images to be recorded digitally, then
 securely transmitted between doctors and facilities via computer lines.
     Swedish Medical Center will host a Medical Imaging Job Fair on Saturday,
 April 28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Imaging Department on the fourth floor of
 the East Tower, 747 Broadway. Anyone interested in a career as a radiology
 technologist (CT, MR, nuclear medicine), sonographer or mammographer is
 invited to attend. For more information about the job fair, call Linh Nguyen
 at 206-386-2987.
 
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SOURCE Swedish Medical Center
    SEATTLE, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical imaging has come a long way
 since the accidental discovery of X-ray a century ago. Locally, that evolution
 can be seen clearly on Swedish Medical Center's First Hill campus.
     Today, Swedish opens a state-of-the-art imaging department on the fourth
 floor of the medical center's now completed East Tower. Three years in the
 planning and at a cost of $33 million, Swedish Medical Imaging Services is the
 largest and most comprehensive facility of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.
     "Imaging is truly the 'unseen hand' in modern health care," said
 department medical director Margaret Linn, M.D., a partner at Seattle
 Radiologists. "It helps physicians make earlier and better diagnoses in cases
 of cancer, cardiac problems, high-risk pregnancy, stroke, fractures and almost
 every other area of medicine."
     The new unit incorporates all of the most advanced imaging technologies
 used in diagnosing both simple and complex medical conditions. It will be open
 around-the-clock and see 200 to 300 people per day.
     Covering more than 33,000 square feet, the department includes:
 
     -- four nuclear-medicine suites
     -- three interventional radiology suites
     -- seven ultrasound suites
     -- two fluoroscopy suites
     -- two general radiographic suites
     -- and a chest radiographic suite
 
     The new unit features the latest imaging equipment, including GE Medical
 System's most advanced Lightspeed(TM) Plus computerized tomography (CT)
 scanner; a short-bore magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system; and a bi-plane
 fluoroscopic X-ray machine that produces true 3-D images.
     New information technology provides much greater efficiency in record
 keeping and the transfer of medical data. Swedish has installed a filmless,
 all-digital computed radiography (CR) system and a picture archival and
 communications system (PACS) that allow images to be recorded digitally, then
 securely transmitted between doctors and facilities via computer lines.
     Swedish Medical Center will host a Medical Imaging Job Fair on Saturday,
 April 28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Imaging Department on the fourth floor of
 the East Tower, 747 Broadway. Anyone interested in a career as a radiology
 technologist (CT, MR, nuclear medicine), sonographer or mammographer is
 invited to attend. For more information about the job fair, call Linh Nguyen
 at 206-386-2987.
 
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