New Nuclear Medicine Imaging System is Latest Addition to FMH Radiology Services
September 22, 2009
Nuclear medicine technologists Leslie Tainter, CNMT, and Adam Waleik, CNMT, are shown with the new Siemens Symbia S nuclear medicine camera imaging system.
This innovative system from Siemens performs a variety of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging tasks and is the first nuclear medicine camera designed to perform any procedure on any type of patient. Its high definition digital detectors offer unsurpassed imaging performance and expanded clinical capabilities. Its design enhances patient comfort and enables technicians to perform highly accurate organ and tissue-specific studies while accommodating stretcher, wheelchair, or ambulatory patients of all sizes and body types.
“As an organization we are committed to the people of greater Franklin County, to provide diagnostic equipment that will get the results they need quickly and accurately, so their physicians can provide the best, most timely and appropriate level care,” said Gerald Cayer, FMH executive vice president. “We expect our new Symbia S nuclear imaging system to significantly reduce wait times for appointments, examination time, and costs while improving patient outcomes.”
Nuclear medicine differs from other diagnostic tests because it determines the presence of disease based upon biological changes rather than changes in anatomy. The new equipment has two detectors to perform faster procedures, such as analyze kidney function, scan lungs for respiratory and blood flow problems, and evaluate bones for fractures, infection, arthritis, and tumors.
Unlike other imaging technologies like x-ray or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that provide structural or geographic information, nuclear medicine detects activity on a molecular level. The system works by detecting benign radiation emitted from a radioisotope given to a patient. Once inside the patient, the radioisotope is attracted to a specific organ or area of the body. These areas absorb the radioisotope in quantities greater than those absorbed by surrounding tissues. The radioisotope highlights the area to be examined thus permitting images of the internal body structures and other functions. Because of this, for example, nuclear scans of the heart can be used to detect heart attacks and measure the heart’s pumping action.
“I am very pleased to have this state-of-the-art technology in our Radiology Department and available for our doctors and patients,” said Kim Turner, FMH director of radiology. “We are committed to having the very latest in technology that combines speed, patient comfort, and superb images that facilitate diagnoses.”
This is only the latest addition to an already robust suite of services available at the Radiology Department. In the last two years, a 64-slice CT scanner and digital mammography were added. These along with the new nuclear medicine gamma camera system, in addition to stereotactic breast biopsy equipment, digital radiography/fluoroscopy, ultrasound, a second nuclear medicine system, bone mineral density measurement, and diagnostic radiology are all available to facilitate diagnoses and treatments for patients.
Nuclear medicine services are available Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
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