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GAMC Installs State-of-the-Art X-Ray System
Glendale Adventist Medical Center announced today that it has acquired a new completely digital X-ray (robotic) system that helps physicians perform both radiography and fluoroscopy procedures. The Precision™ 500D acquired from GE Healthcare will enable physicians at Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) to confidently diagnose conditions in the chest, spine, bone, digestive tract, uterus and bladder.

“Our new system was added to our X-ray suite to help handle the variety of situations that come into our facility everyday,” said Robert Marchuck, associate vice president at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. “From broken bones to digestive conditions, we can address each patient situation with speed, ease and confidence. Also because it's digital, that means that image resolution is superior, and that the results can be given to the patient much quicker."

X-ray is the most established and commonly used form of medical imaging. It is a fast and easy way for a physician to view and assess broken bones, and can also be used to help physicians diagnose and monitor the progression of degenerative diseases. Adding fluoroscopy capability to the power of X-ray offers physicians the ability to study flow or motion in patients when necessary. Similar to an X-ray “movie,” fluoroscopy can include imaging of dynamic processes such as abnormalities in the throat or digestive tract. This is accomplished with the help of a “barium swallow,” a chalky substance ingested by the patient to help light the pathway for improved visualization of anatomy in the X-ray image.

The Emergency Department in the new West Tower will have a dedicated X-ray room with the new Precision 500D technology to expedite critical diagnostic tests. This technology will also be available in the Outpatient diagnostic floor of the West Tower where the focus is on patient accessibility, fast results and patient convenience.

“The Precision 500D allows our physicians to easily perform a broad array of general X-ray procedures as well as the more advanced fluoroscopy procedures. This can aid physicians in the diagnosis of conditions of the upper digestive tract, ulcerative colitis, tumors, bleeding, bowel obstruction or an abdominal hernia,” explains Marchuck.