Radiology Department to Host Open House on November 13
Everyone invited to attend and learn about nuclear medicine procedures
November 4, 2009
During National Radiologic Technology Week, Franklin Memorial Hospital is hosting an open house on Friday, November 13, from 9-10 a.m. to inform its staff, physicians, and the public about the benefits of nuclear medicine procedures and to highlight the radiology department’s most recent addition, a state-of-the-art Siemens Symbia S nuclear medicine camera imaging system.
Nuclear medicine imaging uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, which are introduced into the body by injection, swallowing, or inhalation, and later detected by a special camera that works with computers to provide very precise pictures about the area of the body being imaged. The imaging is unique in that it provides doctors with information about both organ structure and function.
Franklin Memorial Hospital employs three registered nuclear medicine technologists—Adam Waleik, Lori Guiggey, and Leslie Tainter—who will be on hand during the open house to explain nuclear medicine imaging and its many uses.
Nuclear medicine differs from x-ray, ultrasound, or other diagnostic tests because it determines the presence of disease based upon biological changes rather than changes in anatomy. Common nuclear medicine imaging includes: diagnosis of hyperthyroidism (Graves’ Disease), cardiac stress tests to analyze heart function, bone scans for orthopedic injuries, lung scans for blood clots, and liver and gall bladder procedures to diagnose abnormal function or blockages.
“More than ever, it is important that we educate staff, patients, and the public and about the usefulness of nuclear medicine procedures and their benefits over other imaging modalities,” said Kim Turner, FMH Radiology Director. “Nuclear medicine imaging often identifies abnormalities very early in the progress of a disease, long before many medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests and improving the outcome for the patient.”
Franklin Memorial Hospital offers nuclear medicine services, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Light refreshments will be available during the open house and all attendees will be eligible for a door prize. For more information, contact the Community Relations department at 779-2555.
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