La Ronge Getting New X-Ray Machine

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 13:13



A northern Saskatchewan health region has received provincial funding to buy a new x-ray machine.


Yesterday, the provincial government announced it was providing funding to a number of regional health authorities to upgrade and replace diagnostic imaging equipment.


The La Ronge Health Centre is getting a new unit to replace the one it’s had for the last 10 years.


Mamawetan-Churchill River Regional Health Authority spokesperson Barb Biliski says its part of the move towards digital technology. She explains x-rays will be viewed on a computer screen in much the same way people look at digital photos, instead of against a light board, as is the case now.


The province is providing $117,000 to replace the x-ray machine in La Ronge.


The health region will spend $50,000 to make the necessary renovations in the health centre’s x-ray department.


Biliski says the current x-ray unit gets a lot of use, because the health centre serves a number of northern communities other than La Ronge — including Pinehouse, Southend and Wollaston Lake.