A campaign to celebrate Diagnostic Imaging Week began on Monday at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH). *File photo by Kageaki Smith
A campaign to celebrate Diagnostic Imaging Week began on Monday at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH). *File photo by Kageaki Smith

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) will join healthcare facilities around the world marking Diagnostic Imaging Week with a campaign that begins today at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH). The week recognizes the vital work provided by diagnostic imaging professionals and commemorates the discovery of the X-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen in November of 1895. This year’s theme, “One Goal, One Passion,” reflects a fundamental principle of the profession: providing quality and safe patient care.

“This campaign highlights what makes diagnostic imaging so unique,” said Renee Butterfield, Manager of DI. “Our staff members are experienced in a highly technical field, possess specialized skills and are certified and licensed to use state-of-the-art equipment. We are very much on the front line of patient care.”

Diagnostic Imaging comprises seven modalities, including Bone Densitometry, Computerised Axial Tomography (CT scans), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), X-ray, Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, and Ultrasound.

Tracey Sampson, Senior Imaging Technologist said, “Tremendous advances have occurred in the field over the past twenty years. DI Week provides an opportunity to educate the public about the importance of quality imaging services and how it impacts healthcare in our community.”

One of the newest advances for the DI Department is the installation of a 128 slice CT scanner, purchased with funds donated from the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda (HAB).  This state-of-the-art technology is changing the face of imaging by scanning the whole body in seconds and providing incredibly sharp 3D images of any organ.

“A decade ago, most images were produced using a wet processor,” Ms. Butterfield adds. “Several improvements in the field have been achieved over the past twenty years. The hospital has introduced a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment. Our new 128-slice CT scanner will be ready for screening patients next month. These achievements mean more accurate diagnostic tools, a faster and more efficient means of transferring information and improved patient care. This week celebrates how far our profession has progressed.”

Activities for the week will include a display at KEMH, an Open House and Information Booth on Wednesday from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the hospital lobby, student tours of the department and four morning in-service sessions for staff members.