New Digital X-ray Suites at NSHN Blind River & Thessalon Sites

NSHN Auxiliary Thessalon (in red) along with donors and staff at new suite in Thessalon.
NSHN Auxiliary Thessalon (in red) along with donors and staff at new suite in Thessalon.

The NSHN Blind River and Thessalon Sites were recently updated with state-of-the-art Digital X-ray Suites thanks to the generous donations of community members and local organizations.

Radiation tech Jonathon Vairo giving demonstration at Blind River site.
Radiation tech Jonathon Vairo giving demonstration at Blind River site.

To celebrate, Kim Rousselle (Manager of Medical Imaging) welcomed donors and the general public to view the new equipment during Medical Radiation Technologists (MRT) week from November 3rd-9th.

At both the NSHN Blind River and Thessalon sites attendees toured the suites and viewed demonstrations of the new Digital Radiography (DR) equipment compared to the old Computed Radiography (CR) equipment. The new DR equipment enables Technologists to view an x-ray image just seconds after it is taken, confirming all necessary elements were included in the image. This improves the experience for both the patient and Technologist as it leads to less repeat images and therefore less doses of radiation.

Along with the ceiling-mounted units the suites are also equipped with portable Digital X-ray units. The portable units are vital in cases of trauma or motor vehicle accidents, as they enable the Technologists to take an x-ray image without having to transfer the patient from their stretcher to the x-ray table.

New portable unit at NSHN Blind River site.
New portable unit at NSHN Blind River site.

The total cost of the equipment at the NSHN Thessalon site was $257,500. The NSHN Foundation donated $244,500 towards the purchase, thanks to the outstanding fundraising efforts of the NSHN Auxiliary Thessalon Site Committee who contributed $154,500.

The total cost of the equipment at the NSHN Blind River site is $321,000. Currently, the NSHN Auxiliary Blind River Site Committee, the Town of Blind River, and the Cameco Giving Campaign have generously donated a combined $78,240 towards the purchase. However, the NSHN Foundation’s fundraising efforts for this equipment are still underway until the end of March 2020.

You can help the NSHN Foundation continue to provide hope, healing, and recovery in our communities by donating today at: www.nshnfoundation.care/ways-to-donate.

New suite at NSHN Thessalon site.
New suite at NSHN Thessalon site.