Journal of Digital Imaging

, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp 857–863 | Cite as

Imaging Facilities for Basic Medical Units: A Case in the State of Guerrero, Mexico

  • Joaquín Azpiroz-Leehan
  • Fabiola Martínez Licona
  • Miguel Cadena Méndez


This work presents the methodology to design a small imaging unit in a small regional hospital that takes into account the real imaging needs in the region regardless of current administrative guidelines. The situation of the imaging facilities in Mexico’s states is studied and compared with other countries, and a project plan is designed for the specific state (Guerrero) where the clinic is to be located. The proposal includes the acquisition of a basic suite of modalities that include an ultrasound system, a mammography unit, and a conventional X-ray system in addition to a CT system that is not available anywhere within the state. The system should be primarily digital and should incorporate a simple picture archiving and communications system that can be the basis of a future telemedicine unit. The conclusion of this study also proposes changes in the segmented and pyramidal structure of the Mexican health system in order to provide higher quality care at the lower level, to reduce bottlenecks, and to provide higher quality health care near the patient’s home.


Medical imaging Healthcare systems Medical technology assessment PACS Diagnostic imaging Digital imaging Digital radiography Medical economics Health technology Radiology department Hospital 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joaquín Azpiroz-Leehan
    • 1
  • Fabiola Martínez Licona
    • 1
  • Miguel Cadena Méndez
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversidad Autónoma Metropolitana-IztapalapaMexico D.F.Mexico

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