Digital technology has made it possible to cut down on the amount of radiation you’re exposed to, whenever you need to have an X-ray.

Friday, during the Moose FM Caring Communities Radiothon, we’ll be raising money towards portable digital X-ray machines for the hospitals in Cochrane, Iroquois Falls and Matheson.

Christine Larivee is diagnostic imaging head for the hospitals in Cochrane and Matheson.

“So the DR portable X-ray machine is a digital machine using compressed sensors,” she explains, “which allows us to use less dose, getting an excellent image, a great quality detailed image for our patient.”

All that, and 30 percent less radiation.

Larivee says the MICS group of hospitals is good at keeping its equipment up to date.

 “We’ve been very fortunate.  So our X-ray rooms themselves are all digital.  They are DR retrofits and now these portable machines will be the same thing.”

The big advantage with the portable machine is that it can be brought to the patient… instead of the other way around.

The Radiothon runs Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00pm on Moose FM.