Delta pioneer in miner x-rays

Delta County Memorial Hospital is one of the first community hospitals in the United States approved to provide digital chest X-rays for coal miners.

Miners need the X-rays in order to start or continue work, according to a news release from the hospital. Many hospitals stopped performing chest X-rays for coal miners as they upgraded to digital X-ray equipment because miner X-rays had to rely on older technology per federal guidelines because of concerns about patient privacy if X-rays were sent digitally.

New federal regulations are working on ways to ensure patient privacy with digital technology and allow digital X-ray imaging to be used in some locations. Delta County Memorial Hospital worked with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program for 18 months to create rules that make sending and receiving digital chest X-rays for coal miners possible in Delta specifically.


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