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San Miguel’s New State-of-the-Art Health Equipment

Mónica and Alejandro Flores

Leni Garetson, Dixie Smith, Constanza Cho, Victoria Pierce

Judith Jenya, Susan and Ethan Feldman y Chris Hatlestad

Dr. Jorge de la Fuente, Dennis Haski y Doni Laturnus

By Karla Ortiz

The Specialized Center for Integral Imaging (CEII) has opened its doors for residents. Its goal is to reduce costs, eliminate transfer time, and provide immediate diagnoses. The Center has the most modern and technologically-advanced equipment, including 1.5 magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomographic coronary angiography with 64 slice scanners, Doppler ultrasound, 4D ultrasound, mastography, X-ray, and a full-service laboratory. The lab will perform blood chemistry tests, urinalysis, coagulation tests, hematology tests, microbiological testing, parasitological testing, other special tests, and general checkups.

The opening event was attended by various doctors from the region, as well as a panel composed of Dr. Martín Milán López, Chief of the Secretary of State Sanitary Jurisdiction Number 2, Juan José Álvarez Bronet, Local Deputy for District Number 9, Raúl Mendoza, Julio Cesar Carbajal Méndez, and Dr. Emilio Ramírez of UNIMED.

Dr. Roberto Maxwell and Dr. Ulises Galindo, along with other groups of doctors, noted the need for patient care in San Miguel. They believe that patient transfer to other cities is a risk for the patients. After a lengthy discussion of the situation, they decided to combine the most important diagnostic center in the region with the most innovative equipment that will help to facilitate and improve the lives of residents.

“There was no magnetic resonance equipment in San Miguel in either the public or private medical sector. This is a center where people who have less can be helped, thanks to the agreement between the municipality and CEII,” said Mayor Ricardo Villarreal.

After a few words by each of the panel members and the symbolic ribbon cutting, tours of the building took place.

Magnetic resonance imaging uses high definition equipment that gives precise results. This equipment is unique in Guanajuato. One of the huge benefits is that there will no longer be any need for patient transfers to other regions. The tomographic equipment emits a lower dose of radiation, provides accurate studies, and is much faster compared to equipment that take up to 72 hours to generate a diagnosis. Seventy-two hours is a long time, during which the side effects of a damaged brain can be important. With the new equipment, the diagnosis can be made and the patient can be treated after 5 minutes. Ultrasound is a vascular, pediatric, and abdominal 4D diagnostic machine. Obstetrical ultrasound can be used to detect congenital malformations, to check arteries, veins, appendages, and other areas. The interpretation is delivered in 30 minutes on a 24/7 schedule. Mastography is essential for detecting the possible risk of breast cancer. This new equipment uses lower radiation and gives better quality diagnosis and interpretation within 45 minutes, with a cost that is 15% lower than the competition.

When someone is exposed to an X-ray, it’s as if the person is taking 40 plane flights in one day, and some X-ray machines use three times that dose of radiation. The CEII equipment uses state-of-the-art technology with much lower radiation. The full-service laboratory performs multi-choice analysis and the results are delivered within 24 hours.


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