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Improved Imaging Area Now Open in Phelps Outpatient Center
12/14/2012

From parking to getting a mammogram or an MRI, you’ll notice the difference in our expanded imaging department.

DCH Regional Medical Center is proud to showcase the new Outpatient Imaging area in the Phelps Outpatient Center, which opened in August after a $3.4 million expansion.

Accessible
The best feature of the new area is its convenience and comfort. The new Outpatient Imaging area is located on the southeast side of the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center, directly down the south corridor from the Phelps Outpatient Center. The redesign expanded Outpatient Imaging adjacent to the Manderson Cancer Center. A new entrance on the southeast corner of the Manderson Cancer Center can be accessed directly from a surface parking lot designated only for Outpatient Imaging.

Valet parking remains available in the parking deck by the Phelps Outpatient Center.

"We’re very pleased with the final result," said Jim Smith, Imaging Director. "From top to bottom, this renovation enhances the total imaging services we offer in a very pleasant and modern environment for patients and a well-designed work space for the staff ."

Comfortable
Finishing touches enhance the look of the new area. Frosted glass throughout Outpatient Imaging and a large glass front in the main waiting area that faces windows to the east, let in lots of natural light. Light colors with warm earth tones at the main admissions desk accent the walls and the colors of the furniture in the main waiting area. The mammography waiting room and dressing rooms and the walls and carpet in the Breast Center are finished in shades of pink and other accenting colors. Patients receive specially warmed gowns for extra comfort.

Advanced Technology

"The expansion includes a state-of-the-art Breast Center," said Vice President of Outpatient/Ancillary Services Donna Marrero. “A second mammography machine has been added, as well as a fourth ultrasound machine. Both services are now located adjacent to each other for patient convenience.

"The additional capacity allows for quicker patient appointments," Marrero said. "Additional dressing rooms and a waiting area just for mammography were added as well."

A new MRI with a wider bore also was added. "The wider opening should help decrease anxiety in people who may be claustrophobic, as well as provide a more comfortable fit for larger people," Marrero said.

The new MRI has the latest technology and software to provide enhanced images and capabilities. Another enhancement is the capability to perform breast and prostate MRI imaging.

"Outpatient Imaging has the latest imaging technology available," Smith said.

This includes equipment such as digital mammography, MRI with breast and prostate scans available, 64-slice CT and ultrasound.

The staff includes radiologic technologists who are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Physicians are board-certified by the American College of Radiology. Physicians are on-site every day.

Outpatient Imaging is open Monday through Friday. Smith said the staff does 210,000 to 212,000 procedures a year, and that includes tests for patients in the hospital and those treated in the Emergency Department.

"We place a very high priority on outstanding, patient-centered care," Smith said. "We also know that the look and function of Outpatient Imaging play a role in comfort and efficiency. This is such an excellent investment in our community and in the care we give."




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