October 2, 2022

Portable X-ray machines added at small IU Health hospitals

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Grants aimed at advancing services at rural hospitals will bring important equipment to facilities in Clinton and White counties.

Frankfort and White Memorial hospitals were recently awarded grants from the Indiana Hospital Association through the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP).

Sara Cosgray, the manager of imaging services at IU Health White Memorial Hospital, demonstrates a portable X-ray machine purchased through grant funding.

“Funding from the SHIP grants allows critical access hospitals like Frankfort and White Memorial to continue to offer the best care for our patients, close to home,” Mary Minier, president of IU Health White Memorial Hospital, said in the announcement.

With the grants from the program, the release stated, both hospitals acquired portable X-Ray machines that improve how hospitals operate, giving care providers an easier time completing tasks.

IU Health, in its announcement, detailed some of the benefits of the new equipment:

  • Portable X-Ray machines can help eliminate transporting patients as well as limit their movements. In situations involving critically ill patients, transporting them for chest, skeletal or abdominal X-Rays in the Radiology department could lead to complications.
  • The ability to do imaging at patient’s bedside can limit the spread of diseases, like COVID-19. Also, portable X-Ray machines shorten wait times for results, taking less than 20 minutes to complete their scans, providing high quality images allowing doctors and physicians to treat patients quickly. Portable X-Ray machines release significantly less radiation compared to regular machines.



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