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Macleod health centre gets x-ray equipment

New x-ray equipment is being installed at Fort Macleod Health Centre.
Alberta Health Services will also put new x-ray equipment at Coaldale, Raymond, Magrath and Picture Butte.
“Some of these machines are 25 years old or older,” said Dana Meroniuk, Alberta Health Services diagnostic imaging manager for rural southwest Alberta. “We are introducing technology that will provide more reliable service to our patients and superior images. The new ergonomic equipment also allows us to serve our patients with quality equipment close to where they live.”
Portable x-ray machines will be available in Coaldale, Raymond and Fort Macleod for urgent cases.
However, most patients will be referred to other sites for x-rays, including nearby rural sites or Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge.
Each installation will take four to eight weeks.
The provincial strategic purchasing agreements with equipment vendors have resulted in significant savings that allowed Alberta Health Services to replace more obsolete equipment in facilities with the same capital equipment budgets.

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