Revelstoke District Health Foundation debuts new X-ray equipment

Queen Victoria Hospital and the Revelstoke District Health Foundation debut new X-ray equipment purchased with community funds raised during last year's Giving Tuesday event.

Last year's Giving Tuesday fundraiser for Queen Victoria Hospital's new X-ray equipment saw over $60,000 raised, now, donors are getting a first look at the new technology. Photo: Nora Hughes

New X-ray technology at Revelstoke’s Queen Victoria Hospital administers less radiation, is quicker to process, and provides better imaging. The hospital purchased the equipment thanks to extraordinary fundraising from the community.

Last year’s Giving Tuesday fundraiser saw over $60,000 raised to purchase new technology for the X-ray machine at Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke. Thanks to community support, the Revelstoke District Health Foundation (RDHF) exceeded the fundraiser target within a week. On October 20, the RDHF recognized donors at a social event debuting the new equipment.

Heather Jay is Medical Radiography Technologist at Queen Victoria Hospital. She’s been there for over 21 years. Jay took donors on a tour of the X-ray imaging department, explaining the newly funded equipment. “I’ve seen lots of changes,” she tells a group of donors who contributed to the fundraiser.

Heather Jay shows fundraiser donors where the new X-ray equipment fits into their existing machinery. Photo: Nora Hughes

“The biggest advantage of it is the reduction in dose,” explains Jay. “It’s about 30 to 50 percent less dose being used, but we actually had just done a study within this last month, comparing our old room to this room and have found that it might even be more than 50 percent reduction. It’s amazing.” The dose Jay is referring to is radiation.

The new X-ray equipment fundraised includes several slide screens that slot into the X-ray machines. Just one of the smaller screens costs $30,000, says Jay.

Heather Jay is holding one of the smaller new slides that cost $30,000. The slide slots into the X-ray machine under the patient, taking faster and clearer imaging. Photo: Nora Hughes

Other advantages of the new equipment include faster processing. The older slides take roughly 90 seconds to read the X-ray image and erase it to be used again. Jay explains that it becomes a long and tedious process when technicians have a stack of ten slides to scan if the patient is still on the table. The new equipment is much faster.

“Basically, you just take a picture, and that picture goes instantly to my computer, back in the control panel; it takes about 15 seconds or so. And then, you can position the patient and take another picture right away. It’s super quick,” says Jay.

The faster processing allows more intake, moving patients through the department faster, something Jay says is beneficial in the winter when skiing injuries are plentiful.

The new equipment enables clearer imaging and fits the hospital’s existing X-ray machinery.

Read our previous coverage of the fundraising efforts here: 

RDHF fundraiser nets $53,520 for new X-ray machine

Fundraising blitz for new Revelstoke X-ray machine

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Nora Hughes is a recent graduate of the Thompson Rivers University Interdisciplinary Program, where she combined her passions for Adventure Tourism, Communications and Journalism. With a strong interest in community news, Nora is passionate about giving a voice and face to the people of Revelstoke through storytelling.