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Phase II Complete at MVH

By Staff | Mar 18, 2009

Karen Snyder, a Mammography technician at Muncy Valley Hospital, stands next to the digital mammography machine. (Knier)

An opportunity to see the newest technology in Imaging Services during an open house event has been scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 5-7 p.m. at Muncy Valley Hospital.

Those attending the event will witness another phase completed in Project 2012, a major initiative launched in 2006 by Susquehanna Health to redevelop its current campus locations with new and updated facilities.

Project 2012 was designed to give patients in Lycoming County the excellent care they have come to expect from Susquehanna Health. The open house highlights the latest technology in Imaging Services such as Digital Mammography, CT Scanner, and a Nuclear Medicine Camera.

A lower radiation dose, flexible paddles and a patented technique that senses breast thickness to reduce the chance of over compression are a few of the improved features of Digital Mammography.

Over 2,300 mammograms have been taken at the facility, said Jeff Kemmler, Director of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology.

Mindy Bower, a CT Scanner technician, with the CT Scanner which provides faster—and more accurate—scan times and images. (Knier)

Other features include the latest full field technology which increases the detection of disease, and high quality images with computed aided diagnosis.

The CT Scanner offers patient faster scan times and clearer imaging by featuring technology that is 16 times faster than older technology units. The average scan time is less than 30 minutes and as short as 15 minutes for many routine non-contrast procedures.

Over 7,000 CT Scans have been provided at Muncy Valley, said Kemmler.

In addition, computer technology allows the doctor to manipulate the images for a more accurate diagnosis and has software designed to reduce radiation exposure while still acquiring the best image quality.

The Nuclear Medicine Camera offers patients higher image quality and shorter imaging time and also features new software that enhances the detection of cardiac disease and more efficient, automatic operations.

Kemmler said to date, over 1,000 scans have been performed at MVH.

Enlarging and expanding Imaging Services was one of several specific goals for the Muncy Valley campus. Expansion and relocating the Physical Therapy area, a second goal, was completed in June 2006, as well as Outpatient Rehabilitation.

Phase II of the initiative, replacing semi-private rooms with private patient rooms, will take place during the next three years.

Phase III, reserved for parking, has been scheduled for 2012 through 2015.