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Nuclear Imaging Camera Added

Diagnostic Imaging capabilities have again been expanded at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

In a continuing effort to provide accurate diagnostic imaging and quality patient care, the Medical Center has purchased for its Radiology Department a Symbia S nuclear medicine imaging system from Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. The new system is ideal for the early detection and staging of cancer, heart disease, and other hard-to-diagnose disorders. Peninsula Regional is the only health care facility in the region to offer its patients the Symbia S nuclear medicine 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, including bariatric patients, with its imaging table capacity of 500 pounds. Its high definition digital detectors offer unsurpassed imaging performance and expanded clinical capabilities. Its open gantry design and ultra-thin pallet enhance patient comfort and enable technicians to perform highly accurate organ and tissue-specific studies while accommodating stretcher, wheelchair or ambulatory patients of all sizes and body types.

“With its unique combination of image quality, patient versatility and unsurpassed functionality, we expect our new Symbia S nuclear imaging system to significantly reduce examination time and costs while improving patient outcomes,” said Milt Williams, CNMT, RT(N), chief nuclear medicine technologist at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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 emissions from a radioisotope given to a patient after it has localized in 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, a nuclear medicine scan can detect things like cancerous lesions in the lungs well before they are large enough to be identified by other means.

The Department of Radiology at Peninsula Regional Medical Center is the largest, oldest and most experienced imaging department on the Eastern Shore and offers full service, comprehensive and state of the art imaging totaling over 165,000 examinations per year. It has provided comprehensive nuclear medicine health care services to the community for almost 40 years.