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LOWVILLE — Lewis County General Hospital has seen an increase in radiology services over the past couple of years, particularly in specialty procedures.

“The demand for imaging is always growing and has become an increasingly valuable part of health care,” Dr. G. Michael Maresca, president and founder of St. Lawrence Radiology Associates P.C., said in a statement.

Dr. Maresca, whose group has provided radiology services at the county-owned hospital since January 2011, said the facility has seen an 11 percent increase in total radiologic examinations over the past couple of years, according to a hospital release.

Ultrasounds and CT scans are up by more than 30 percent over that period, while specialty procedures such as biopsies and abscess draining, stereotactic breast biopsies and breast magnetic resonance imaging have increased by 66 percent, the release states.

“Providing these specialty procedures at the hospital was one of the main goals of our group so patients would not have to be inconvenienced and have to leave the area for services,” Dr. Maresca said.

The radiologist also touted the facility’s Siemens 64-slice CT scanner, which offers more detailed images and exposes patients to much lower doses of radiation than older models.

“The hospital’s leadership is committed to and ensures the facility has the most modern equipment available,” he said.

Lewis County General Hospital purchased the CT scanner in mid-2011 at the same time as Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, allowing both facilities to obtain a discount from the manufacturer.

“It has been a pleasure to watch the practice grow, a privilege to work with the patients, physicians and staff, and I am thankful for the ongoing support of hospital administration,” Dr. Daryl S. Henderson, the primary radiologist at the Lowville hospital, said in a statement. “LCGH is a wonderful place to work.”

St. Lawrence Radiology, founded in 1991, is affiliated with 10 other rural medical facilities, including Canton-Potsdam Hospital; Clifton-Fine Hospital, Star Lake; E.J. Noble Hospital, Gouverneur; and Massena Memorial Hospital in St. Lawrence County and has 12 radiologists spread among them. The group has an administrative office on Arsenal Street in Watertown.

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