Mobile X-ray service introduced

The new mobile X-ray service.
The City of Cape Town has introduced a new mobile X-ray unit which is fully computerised. 

The computerized X-ray machines are loaded with high-tech features that produce high-quality images in a short time.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security; and social services, JP Smith, said; “The mobile X-ray service consists of a truck fitted with an X-ray unit/machine, image processor and a computer. Clients are seen at our TB clinics and referred for X-rays if needed. Often in our townships there are no facilities nearby where the service can be rendered. This is where the truck proves its worth as we can take the service to where it’s needed.”

The truck does weekly rounds at various clinics and only chest X-rays are done on the truck due to limited space and the weight of the equipment involved.

The City is in the process of replacing all old units with digital units at clinics which do have the service.

“The upgrade will take place over five years and will enable staff to send images and reports to different clinics and consulting hospitals,” said Mr Smith.