North Canyon Medical Center holds annual health fair

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GOODING, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Someone in Gooding may discover they have an unknown disease soon. After all it's happened before at the North Canyon Medical Center Health Fair.

The Center holds the fair every year. For $35 people can have various tests and blood work done.

The center says every year people catch things like prediabetes or thyroid problems. On Saturday, someone came back to the fair to tell workers that because of a screening last year he found out he had cancer.

He said he probably wouldn't have found it until much later had it not been for the fair.

"It's so empowering to know that by doing this event, we're saving lives. So for us that's our motivation, we're changing lives and we're saving lives by this one event each year," said Shellie Amundson, the Center's Community Relations Director.

The center said they had between 500 and 700 people come to the 19th time they've held it.

Also at the fair workers showed off high–tech equipment used in the operating room.

One computer assists surgeons in spinal surgery. It can place screws with near perfect curacy while only taking three pictures. Before it took about 30 to 40 images.That cuts down radiation to the patient and time on the operating table.

"To see how efficient and accurate it is just blows my mind how technology has improved the spine world and the capabilities it has to change people's lives," said Jane Turner, who runs the computer system.

The computer is the only machine like it in the Magic Valley. The closest one is at Saint Luke's in Hailey.



 
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