Calhoun Health Services Unveils New X-Ray Machine

Calhoun Health Services is now home to a state-of-the-art x-ray machine that is unparalleled in North Mississippi.


By JOEL McNEECE
Calhoun Health Services is now home to a state-of-the-art x-ray machine that is unparalleled in North Mississippi.
The fully-automated, remote controlled, digital imaging x-ray machine was recently unveiled at the hospital in Calhoun City. It’s the latest of several technological improvements in the radiology department in recent years.
xray_machine.jpg“In terms of technology, we’re ahead of most everybody in North Mississippi,” said Paul Morris, CHS Radiology Director. “We’re excited to have this new machine. It’s so much easier to work with.”
Among its many features is a remote control, not unlike one to operate your television, that will automatically adjust the machine in seconds for whatever kind of x-ray is needed. It also features a laser alignment that allows for perfect pictures on the first try, saving lots of time.
“This is a big time saver,” Morris said.
That can best be seen by the elimination of any need for a dark room and all the chemicals required to develop x-ray negatives. The new Phillips machine shoots a digital image that appears in the computer within five seconds. The computerization also guarantees a perfect picture every time, exposing the patient and technician to the minimal amount of radiation needed to capture the image.
The accompanying x-ray table is equally modern with its ability to maneuver in any direction, even up and down with the push of a button, to offer easy access for any patient in any condition.
Calhoun Health Services was declared a demo-site for Phillips Medical after the installation of this x-ray machine, allowing others to come and see the equipment in operation.
Morris said the hospital was able to acquire the $500,000 machine through a “group buy,” allowing for a savings of more than $200,000.

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