Through a partnership of Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Conn., Fujifilm Medical Systems and AmeriCares, a portable digital x-ray system is being donated to the Haitian relief effort and will be sent to a hospital where currently x-ray capabilities are not possible.
Physicians at the hospital in Carrefour, Haiti, located approximately 10 miles southwest from Port-au -Prince, will now be able to x-ray when setting fractures and treating and evaluating a range of injuries and problems from the earthquake, according to the Stamford, Conn.-based Fujifilm.
David Reed, MD, a physician at Stamford Hospital, recently returned from a week in Haiti where he witnessed the dire medical situation there. Reed and the medical teams treated hundreds of patients, many of whom would have benefited from x-rays.
The digital x-ray system, the FCR Go from Fujifilm, is a portable system that will allow users to take and view x-rays in one piece of equipment. Elourde Joseph, a Stamford Hospital x-ray technologist with family in Haiti was trained by Fujifilm on the system and will be traveling to Haiti to help use it, and then train other medical professionals so there is continuity of care when she departs.