The HHM clinic does about 20-25 X-rays per month. Our digital system minimizes the supplies needed and maximizes what we can do with the images. We primarily diagnose congestive heart disease, pulmonary conditions like pneumonia, tuberculosis, and increased fluid, as well as fractures in long bones and joints. Dr. Wilkins reads most of our X-rays and evaluates if there are abnormalities.
We can treat simple fractures in the clinic setting but must refer more serious fractures for orthopedic intervention. Tuberculosis is referred to a nearby TB sanitorium that treats TB by a state funded program which is free to the patients. Pneumonias are usually treated at home with antibiotics unless severe in which case they are referred to the local Doctor’s Without Borders Hospital. The high incidence of high blood pressure can contribute to congestive heart failure. Most can be treated by ongoing care with medications.
The MinRay and Orex system we have has been a real blessing to the diagnostic process here at the HHM clinic. Many clinics in our area are not able to do X-rays including the TB hospital nearby.
We have trained a national employee, Jean Philogene, to shoot most of our X-rays. Local physicians would love to send referrals to us for both X-ray and sonography but our capabilities are limited by manpower. Prayerfully consider if you are a sonogram technician and would like to receive training to help fill this need.