Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Of the 141 patients visiting the radiology department at Northeast Montana Health Services for an ultrasound, many have benefited from the new 4D Ultrasound/Echocardiogram technology currently available.
The machine, produced by General Electric, cost $161,936 and is stationed in Wolf Point. The expense associated with training and other equipment supplies have put the total cost over $200,000. 4D is the latest technology where 3D images are spiked with live action movies of what is going on inside the body. In a pregnant mother, it can also determine the true fetal age, analyze the fetus’ development, detect abnormalities such as cleft palate, spina bifida, vascular anomalies and genetic syndromes and detect ovarian tumors.
For patients without a baby onboard, health care providers can provide benefits in breast imaging, interventional urology and general imaging of other organs and internal autonomy and systems throughout the body. It can also replace the need for a colonoscopy or cystoscopy.
Echocardiogram capabilities within the system allow for the evaluation of heart outputs and functions. Another feature is the use of a newer technology known as elastography.
The NEMHS Charitable Foundation presented the NEMHS governing board with a check for $25,000 toward the purchase of the machine and pledged another $40,000 in the coming years.