Franklin Community Health Network is recognized as one of the most technologically advanced health systems in Maine. We are known for providing our community with comprehensive, cutting-edge diagnostic equipment, high-tech procedures, and a state of the art facility. Some of our advanced technology includes:
Franklin Memorial Hospital currently has a state of the art GE 64 slice CT scanner, which was installed in 2006. The 64 slice scanner requires less scan time per exam. The previous scanner required approximately 30-40 minutes of scanning time, while the 64 slice takes only half of that time, sometimes less depending on the exam. It has given us the opportunity to offer new exams, enhance image quality, and offer more accurate diagnoses without using invasive procedures.
With the purchase of new imaging equipment last winter, Franklin Memorial Hospital has expanded MRI services. MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is used to generate images of internal organs and soft tissue inside of the body. This is done by creating a strong magnetic field and then using radio frequency waves to create a detailed picture. It is the preferred exam for joint and spinal problems because it can provide remarkably clear pictures of soft-tissue structures near and around bones.
The latest diagnostic technology, digital mammography, is now available to all women who undergo mammograms at the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center at the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center in Farmington and at Frankin Memorial Hospital Outpatient Services in Livermore Falls. Digital mammography is performed the same as conventional screening from a patient’s perspective, though women may notice shorter exam times and a reduction in call-backs to obtain additional images.Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce incredibly sharp images that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor. Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is viewed and, more importantly, manipulated. The radiologist can magnify and adjust the contrast of the images to allow the radiologist to evaluate and focus on areas of concern.This new technology offers improved visibility of the breast, particularly near the skin line, the chest wall, and in women with dense breast tissue.
Franklin Memorial Hospital uses the Prodigy Bone Densitometer for DEXA tests. This can be used to diagnose osteoporosis and bone loss. It can also predict your chances of a bone fracture in the future so that you can take steps to increase your bone structure and prevent fractures from happening. Unlike some systems that test only the heel or wrist, the Prodigy takes bone density measurements of the entire lumbar spine and hip. This gives the most complete picture of your bone health.
Stereotactic Needle Biopsy is an outpatient procedure that spares most women the discomfort and scarring associated with a surgical breast biopsy. Guided by mammograms taken from two angles, the Lorad Multi-Care Platinum system uses computers to map the location of the mass. This new technology allows women to receive appropriate mammogram follow-up right here at the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center.
All of Franklin Community Health Network’s member physician practices, as well as Franklin Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department and Hospitalist Program, use electronic prescribing that allows physicians to send prescriptions directly from a hand-held device to the computer in a pharmacy. This technology also helps to identify potential drug interactions and allergy warnings at the time the prescription is being written. Our physicians use this tool to increase efficiencies, avoid potential medication errors, and keep our patients safer.
PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) is Franklin Memorial Hospital’s medical imaging digital archiving system. PACS has made drastic improvements in the communication of medical imaging. Digital images can be retrieved electronically in seconds by any provider in our network and even a few outside of it. For any other provider, we can still offer the benefits of digital imaging by supplying a CD, instead of a bulky film jacket to store.
In addition, digital images can be enhanced in ways that are impossible with film. This improves accuracy of image reading across all of the medical imaging modalities.
We utilize the Beckman Coulter™ laboratory technical analyzer equipment and we are the beta site for Beckman Coulter™, the premier manufacturer of quality laboratory equipment.