DMH has acquired an advanced nuclear cardiology imaging system that provides highly detailed pictures of the heart that enable doctors to assess the location, extent and severity of heart disease quickly and
accurately. The Discovery™ NM 530c nuclear imaging system from GE Healthcare uses revolutionary Alcyone technology to improve scanning speed and diagnostic accuracy. With conventional nuclear cardiac imaging, a patient must hold his arms above his head for two scans that take 15—20 minutes each. With the Discovery NM 530c, the scanning time is reduced to three to five minutes for each scan. A shorter, more comfortable scan can improve image quality, allowing clinicians to be more confident in their diagnosis.
Nuclear cardiology studies are an important diagnostic test for detecting the presence of cardiovascular disease, the single leading cause of death in the US today.
“Our Discovery NM 530c system greatly improves the level of care that our physicians can provide for heart patients,” says Timothy D. Stone Jr., DMH President and CEO. “We selected this system because of the quality of images and the speed of results. It allows us to diagnose heart disease quickly and with confidence—so we can get patients the appropriate treatment that much sooner.”
For many patients, nuclear cardiology studies can be a trying experience. However, this non-invasive test is a safe, painless and cost-effective method for gathering functional information of a patient’s heart to help physicians determine the right diagnosis and treatment. It can help postpone or reduce the need for surgical procedures or more expensive and invasive diagnostic tests.