On December 20th, the Medical Biophysics Center officially delivered the equipment that supports the Imagis 2.0 Medical Imaging System to the management of the Juan Bruno Zayas Alfonso General Hospital in Santiago de Cuba.
MSc. Henry Blanco Lores, leader of the Eastern Network of Medical Images project, explained that this new version incorporates new options, in line with the new technological scenario in imaging. "Imagis 2.0 enables the processing, manipulation and transmission of multimodal medical images, including computerized axial tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, angiography, radiography and nuclear medicine."
Members of the directive board of the provincial health system and the Center for Medical Biophysics (CBM) partook in the aforementioned ceremony. Dr. Omar Bizet, Director of the Juan Bruno Zayas General Hospital thanked the efforts of the CBM specialists and acknowledged the potential of this service for medical care and teaching.
For the effective use of this system, it was necessary to train more than sixty specialists from 17 departments, such as: neurology, internal medicine, orthopedics, pneumology, urology, surgery, urology, pathological anatomy and others, who also contributed with their considerations to continue improving of the Imagis.
In a tour of the hematology and cerebrovascular care rooms of the Dr. Juan Bruno Zayas Alfonso General Hospital, where the Imagis 2.0 is already installed, the specialists corroborated the benefits of this service. "It helps us to visualize the image better and, therefore, a more accurate diagnosis is achieved - explains Dr. Yecenia Aguilar Maceo, specialist in First Degree in Neurology. “We can compare the current image to a previous one and evaluate the evolution of the pathology of the patient. For example, in the case of cerebral infarctions, you can define the time of the injury from the Imagis 2.0".
Dr. Harold Fernández, a specialist in hematology explains that with this service the time to assess the patient's radiography is shortened. "Certain conditions, such as blood cancers can be evaluated with more certainty thanks to these diagnostic images and by corroborating them with the clinic, we are allowed to make better decisions regarding changes in protocols and treatment."
This is also a valuable teaching tool for medical students, says Dr. María Eugenia García Céspedes, Head of the Department of Teaching and Research at the hospital. "We placed a computer in one of our teaching rooms to allow the discussion of images in classes or scientific activities. It also impacts the quality of medical care that we offer because it allows us to transmit the images between several areas and, in the near future, among several institutions".
The Juan Bruno Zayas Surgical Clinical Hospital received a professional server (Dell), a 48-port swith (Dell), a printer, a tablet (Samsung) and 17 HPC computers. This medical institution was created in August 1991 and currently provides medical services to patients in the 5 eastern provinces.
The Imaging Network is composed of 28 hospitals throughout the country, 23 of them located in the eastern region and 5 in the west. With this project, the Center for Medical Biophysics (CBM) aims to achieve the transmission of interhospital medical images, a service that allows faster medical diagnoses. At the same time, it facilitates second opinion consultations among specialists who are located in geographically distant medical institutions.
Blanco explains that, from now on, they will work on a wireless network project that will improve health care. He also announces that there is already a computer solution for the use of the Imagis in Tablets that will be tested starting in January in this same institution. "All of this work has been possible thanks to the funding of the international organization Close de Gap and the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS)"
As an entity of science, technology and innovation, the CBM develops technology and non-invasive therapeutic diagnostic methods in the field of Magnetic Resonance and produces and markets medical equipment. Since 1997, it has worked to develop Imagis with successful tests in several hospital facilities in Santiago de Cuba and in others of the National Health System.
Translator: Lilia Sanz Gámez
Dr. Juan Carlos García Naranjo, director of the CBM, and Dr. María Eugenia García Céspedes, Head of the Department of Teaching and Research at the hospital signed the equipment delivery agreement.
MSc. Henry Blanco Lores, leader of the Oriental Medical Imaging Network project, explains the potentialities of Imagis 2.0 and the composition of the network.
Dr. Omar Bizet, director of the General Hospital Juan Bruno Zayas thanked the efforts of the CBM specialists and acknowledged the potential of this service for medical care and teaching.
Imagis 2.0 is already installed in 17 departments of the hospital, including neurology, internal medicine, orthopedics, pneumology, urology, surgery, urology and pathology.
The image shows the arrival of the equipment to the Dr. Juan Bruno Zayas General Hospital. Courtesy MSc. Henry Blanco Lores.
For the effective use of Imagis 2.0, about sixty specialists were trained. Courtesy MSc. Henry Blanco Lores.