Archive | July, 2010

LMC Technology Helps Crime Investigation


We’ve all seen TV shows where state-of-the-art technology helps solve crimes. That kind of work has now made its way to Lexington Medical Center. In a first-of-its-kind situation, the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has asked the hospital to use its modern medical advancements to help with an unsolved case.

forensic artist rendering

A forensic artist rendering created by a CT scan at LMC

Last year, investigators found a skeleton in Horry County. They determined the remains belonged to a man who died of gunshot wounds. But they could never learn the man’s identity. That’s when they turned to Lexington Medical Center.

SLED asked Lexington Medical Center to perform a CT scan on the man’s skull. CT stands for computed tomography. The CT scanner uses X-rays to produce cross-sectional images of the human body.
In this case, Lexington Medical Center used a 16 slice CT scanner in its Radiology department. Precise measurements from the scan allowed forensic artists to recreate a model of the man’s face. The CT scan also generated a 3D image of the face. The scan has helped to create an accurate depiction of the man’s appearance. It’s believed to be the first time that SLED has called on a hospital for this kind of work.

“CT scans are an important piece of medical technology,” said Doug Weitzel, director of Radiology at Lexington Medical Center. “Not only do the scans provide highly detailed pictures to help identify and treat illnesses, but this case illustrates the important impact in an additional capacity.”

SLED and the Horry County Police Department are circulating images of the facial reconstruction. Anyone who recognizes the man should call the Horry County Police Department at 843-915-5350.

“I hope that Lexington Medical Center’s work helps solve the case,” Weitzel said.

Lexington Medical Center is home to many types of innovative technology in its Radiology department. Lexington Medical Center was the first hospital in South Carolina to perform Microwave Ablation, which can destroy tumors in an outpatient procedure that does not require surgery. Recently, Lexington Medical Center began performing Coronary CTA on a CT scanner, providing exquisitely detailed images of the coronary arteries. Lexington Medical Center also offers Calcium Scoring to check for calcified plaque in the coronary arteries as well as Vertebroplasty and Kyphyoplasty for patients with compression fractures.

LMC Board Elects New Leaders

New LMC board chairman Billy Oswald

The Lexington Medical Center board of directors elected a new chairman and vice chairman at its meeting on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010.

Billy Oswald is the new chairman of the 21-member Lexington Medical Center board of directors. Mr. Oswald is an attorney in private practice in West Columbia. He has lived in Lexington County with his wife Brenda for 40 years. Mr. Oswald previously served as vice chairman of the board. He has been a board member for seven years.

Mr. Oswald is looking forward to the addition of important new services at the hospital.

“We want to make sure we get open heart surgery off to a good start,” Mr. Oswald said. Lexington Medical Center recently received approval to perform a full range of cardiovascular services including open heart surgery, which the hospital expects to begin in mid-2011.

New LMC vice chairman Dan Jones

Dan Jones is the new vice chairman of the Lexington Medical Center board of directors. Mr. Jones is the vice president of government relations for Time Warner Cable’s South Carolina division and has more than 30 years experience in federal, state and local government relations. He and his wife Pat have three children and two grandchildren. Mr. Jones has been a member of the board since 2008.

“I’m looking forward to learning more about the operation of the hospital and the decisions the board will make,” Mr. Jones said.

LMC Welcomes Dr. Gray Hughes, M.D., FACS

Dr. S. Gray Hughes, M.D., FACS

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of S. Gray Hughes, M.D., FACS to the staff of Riverside Surgical Group, a physician practice affiliated with Lexington Medical Center.

Dr. Hughes practices a full range of general, thoracic and bariatric surgery. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force and the Iraq war.

Dr. Hughes attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, summa cum laude. He received his medical degree along with a master’s degree in Public Health from the Duke University School of Medicine. Following a general surgery residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, Dr. Hughes spent five years in the U.S. Air Force, initially stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. Then he completed an additional year of thoracic surgery training at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. He spent his last two years in the Air Force as a general and thoracic surgeon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, serving two tours in Iraq during this time.

The physicians at Riverside Surgical Group are specialists in minimally invasive surgery. They perform laparoscopic, thoracic, bariatric and general surgery, incorporating the latest technology available. The other physicians in the practice are Dr. Marc Antonetti, M.D., FACS; Dr. Jim Givens, M.D., FACS; and Dr. Glen Strickland, M.D., FACS. For more information on Dr. Hughes and Riverside Surgical Group, please visit