June 16, 2008

Hospital Donates Equipment to Agency

By High Point Enterprise, N.C.

Jun. 16--GUILFORD COUNTY -- Caring for expectant mothers at the Guilford County Department of Public Health became easier this month with the addition of ultrasound technology.

The Women's Hospital of Greensboro donated a $5,000 Diasonics Gateway Series machine to the agency. Women enrolled in the department's maternity services program in Greensboro will be eligible for scannings.

"Moses Cone Health System is a great friend to and supporter of public health in our community. On behalf of our agency and the women we serve, we thank them for this tremendous donation," said Health Director Merle Green.

An ultrasound machine sends and receives sound waves.

The computer component of the machine reads and interprets the waves into an image, which is shown on a display.

Ultrasound machines are used in a variety of clinical settings, including obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology and cancer detection. Ultrasound delivers information much faster than X-rays.

The health department serves low -- and moderate-income women who have to go to hospital emergency rooms or radiology departments for ultrasound scans to check fetal positions or heart tones, said Dr. Kelly Leggett, of the obstetrics and gynecology teaching service at Women's Hospital.

"By having an ultrasound at the health department, these questions can be answered immediately and with much less cost," Leggett said.


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