The hospital at the Queen's Medical Center-West is still months away from taking in patients, but now an imaging service center is open for business.
Inside the physician's office building a pair of digital X-ray machines have been installed. This latest technology not only gets rid of the old X-ray films, they also get rid of exposure problems patients used to face.
"You don't have to worry, 'Did I overexpose or underexpose?' You have it right there as a result. You are not taking extra X-rays so it saves the patient additional doses of radiation," said Gary Ropert, the Queen's imagining manager.
After X-rays are taken, they are beamed wirelessly to computers. Those images can then manipulated so doctors can see much greater detail than they could with film images.
That is why X-rays are just one of the imaging procedures routinely requested by physicians.
"It is used to check whether something is broken or strained or to see what is inside that you can't see sitting across from your physician," said Queen's Senior Vice President Susan Murray.
The new center has two ultrasound machines as well, giving doctors a different way to look into patients.
There is also a section where specialists from town will share space, including offices, exam and procedure rooms. This time-sharing in Ewa will mean local residents won't have to head into town to see their physician, something that has many excited.
"Traffic is our worst enemy. Having a good physician it is worthwhile to travel, I am glad we only have to come this short distance," said North Shore resident Thomas Wojtowicz.
"It is wonderful we don't have to travel far. We have our own facility, nurses and doctors to strengthen us as the Leeward Coast area," stated West Oahu resident Donna Pule.
While the imaging center is now open, the physician time-share center will start taking cardiac, orthopedic and weight management patients in January.
Queen's Medical Center-West is scheduled to open in spring 2014.