A New Radiology Department

Patients in the current TCMH radiology department are well aware of the way the various equipment rooms are spread up and down three different hallways. Outpatients going to mammography or bone density and inpatients going to CT go up and down the same hallways as the hospital staff, other patients and visitors. Privacy leaves more to be desired for ER patients that are wheeled or walked (possibly even in a hospital gown!) to ultrasound.

The TCMH radiology department is very excited about the future of their department. Not only is the space of the department greatly increased, the patient privacy is also greatly increased. ER patients will have a back entrance into the new radiology suite so they can be wheeled or walked into CT or X-ray without having to go through a public area. Outpatients utilizing the department will have private waiting areas, too. All of the departments rooms are connected around a centralized area, creating much greater efficiency for the radiology department staff, too.

One of the current X-ray rooms--photo taken standing against one wall.

One of the current X-ray rooms–photo taken standing against one wall.


The window used by the techs in this X-ray room.

The window used by the techs in this X-ray room.


The other X-ray room at TCMH.

The other X-ray room at TCMH.


The window the techs stand behind.

The window the techs stand behind in a current X-ray room.


The new X-ray rooms are much more spacious than the current rooms. Even the windows used by the techs are at least double the size of the current windows.
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The new CT unit will be similar in size to the current CT unit–although the new unit will have more scanning capabilities. The room housing the new CT unit–like the X-ray rooms–is much, much larger.
The outline in the floor is where the new CT unit will sit.

The outline in the floor is where the new CT unit will sit.

The door way on the right leads into a main hallway with doors directly into the back of the ER.  The door on the left leads into the interior of the radiology suite.  The "window" area is to the CT control room.  The CT room also has its own bathroom.

The door way on the right leads into a main hallway with doors directly into the back of the ER. The door on the left leads into the interior of the radiology suite. The “window” area is to the CT control room. The CT room also has its own bathroom.


Here’s the current CT unit room:
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Fixtures have been added in the radiology suite bathrooms.
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Flooring is going down throughout the department.
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Lights are also being hung.
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And, currently if you visit the TCMH radiology department office, you’ll see this:
DSC07112The big space against the wall is where rolling shelves were housed. The rolling shelves haven’t been used for filing for many years since the hospital started doing their radiology services digitally. The rolling shelves will be relocated to the new area to house supplies in a centralized area for the new department.

Now, here’s a challenge for you: find an employee in the TCMH radiology department that is not excited about the new radiology department.

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