Mercy Ships

Built specifically for its mission, the 499-foot “Africa Mercy” includes six state-of-the-art operating rooms, as well as intensive care and bed space for up to 78 patients. It can house a staff of 484 including highly skilled surgeons, specialists and other medical staff who volunteer their services.

The Africa Mercy Ship’s x-ray room is 281cm by 382cm or almost 9ft-3 inches by 12ft-6 inch, configured with Quantum Medical Imaging equipment, including a Q-Rad Floor-Mounted Tubestand, alongside a Table and Vertical Wall Stand.

As onshore Hospital facilities are very basic, the x-ray department on board The Africa Mercy Ship requires the flexibility to image any patient.  Not only to provide x-rays to the patients of West Africa, but for all the crew as well.

It has been suggested that 40% of local people carry TB. Therefore many patients are sent for a TB screening chest x-ray. Because of the high TB rate, Day Workers and western Crew are screened to prevent TB spread.

With the ease of rotating the x-ray tube through 90’ to face the upright Bucky, these can be performed within a few minutes. The transverse movement of the tube head also gives the tech the flexibility to offset the x-ray tube to image upper extremities. Operating the x-ray tube in the tabletop orientation is major part of the workload here.

Orthopedic patients have their pre-op post op x-rays. There is also the need to do abdominal x-rays when looking for kidney or bladder stones on the women under the VVF repair program. The control panel is user friendly and it again gives the technician the flexibility to adjust the radiographic exposures.

Some of the children seen will have pre-op chest x-rays to look for congenital heart conditions.  The ability to rotate the tube 90’ through the vertical column means that a full FFD of 180cm can be achieved.  For a small room this is a great option. Even in the case of horizontal beam lateral views on patients who cannot turn – this arrangement is of great benefit.

An example of the importance to access healthcare services was seen in the case of a young boy named Abel from Togo back in 2010. He had a rare condition called genu recurvatum, where the knees are in hyperextension and the legs curve backwards. The team captured X-ray images from his hips to ankles as part of his pre-operative assessment. He had corrective surgery using a pin and plate and was fitted with long leg walking casts.  X-rays were required in order to assess healing and the long leg walking casts that were removed as he recovered. When the ship returned to Togo in 2012, Abel came onboard again for some follow up.  He was so happy and thankful for the surgery to straighten his legs. He is now back in school, plays football and is no longer ridiculed for his bent legs.

 

 

For more information about Mercy Ships, please visit www.mercyships.org

 





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