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Decatur Memorial Hospital Adds Revolutionary Heart Imaging System

Wednesday February, 15th 2017

Advanced nuclear imaging technology gives physicians faster access to more detailed information to diagnose heart disease

Feb. 15, 2017…Decatur, Ill…Decatur Memorial Hospital 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 their arms above their head for two scans that take between 15-20 minutes each. With the Discovery NM 530c, the scanning time is reduced to 3-5 minutes for each scan. This reduction in time can be more comfortable for a patient, and possibly reduce artifacts in the scan caused by patient movement due to painful positioning or anxiety. A shorter, more comfortable scan has the opportunity to 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 (CVD), the single leading cause of death in the US today. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), approximately 1 in 3 deaths are attributed to CVD and as the baby boomer generation ages, it is expected that these statistics will continue to rise. Yet, CVD is a disease of all ages. In 2005, the AHA reported that approximately 151,000 Americans
under the age of 65 died from CVD.

“Our Discovery NM 530c system greatly improves the level of care that our physicians can provide for heart patients,” says Timothy D. Stone Jr., President & CEO, Decatur Memorial Hospital. “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.

“With the Discovery NM 530c system, we continue to raise the level of excellence in healthcare in our area,” adds Stone. “We are proud to be on the leading edge of advancing the quality of heart care for local residents.”

Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a 300 bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH has nearly 2,150 dedicated employees and 300 physicians. DMH encompasses 11 state-of-the-art centers of excellence.