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Blessing among first to offer specialized X-ray technology

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Patients who used to travel hundreds of miles for specialized imaging can now get it in Quincy at the Blessing Health Center, according to Blessing Health System.

Blessing announced Tuesday it is the third provider in the country to offer Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR), the next evolution in imaging. DDR gives clinicians the ability to see what they have not been able to see before with other types of medical imaging.

Blessing officials stated a standard X-ray takes a still image, similar to a photo, while a patient is standing still or lying flat on their back. DDR takes a series of still images at a very fast speed and with a low radiation dose while the patient is moving in the way that causes them pain, to create a cine loop, or video.

With DDR, officials said doctors can view a patient’s full range of motion in joints, tendons, and ligaments in their extremities, neck, and spine. This capability provides immediate information for diagnosis, surgical planning and treatment follow-up, resulting in more individualized patient care.

Neill Wright, MD, Blessing Physician Services, cervical spine expert and neurosurgeon, says DDR is filling an important diagnostic need in patients with injuries to their neck.

“There are limitations with static X-rays, as we may not get a very accurate picture of what their neck is doing in motion,” Dr. Wright explains. “In patients complaining of significant neck pain where all traditional imaging has failed to show any problems, we are seeing with DDR what was not otherwise diagnosed.”

“The exam is seamless, cost-effective and readily available as part of our normal radiographic workup,” he concluded.

Officials stated DDR can help reduce the need for additional or more expensive imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT, because it provides physicians with more information on which to base a diagnosis.

“Before the Blessing Health Center offered DDR, patients either were not getting imaging for their conditions, or traveled hundreds of miles for a similar, but more costly imaging that exposed them to a higher level of radiation dose,” said Maureen Kahn, RN, MHA, MSN, president and chief executive officer, Blessing Health System and Blessing Hospital. “Now, these patients and their doctors have an alternative that provides even better image quality, is less harmful, less expensive and is close to their home.”

“The Blessing Health Center 4800 Maine is the region’s center for advanced healthcare technology and imaging equipment, built around our patients to give them the right care at the right time,” she concluded.

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