Nuclear Medicine Imaging System is latest addition to Morrow County Hospital Radiology Services
In a continuing effort to provide accurate diagnostic imaging and quality patient care, Morrow County Hospital is proud to announce a new service line within Radiology Services starting in mid-July, with the purchase of a GE Millennium MG nuclear medicine camera imaging system. Radiology Director Russ Merrin, BS, RT®, (N), CNMT, NCT noted, “This system is ideal for the early detection and staging of cancer, heart disease, and other hard-to-diagnose disorders. We are very pleased to have this state-of-the-art technology at Morrow County Hospital and available for our physicians and patients.”
This new imaging system performs all of the latest single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging studies, plus all of the more routine planar exams. 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.
Nuclear medicine differs from other diagnostic tests because it determines the presence of disease based upon biological changes rather than changes in anatomy. The GE Millennium MG 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 such as 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 coronary artery disease and measure the heart’s function.
This new technology will facilitate diagnoses by combining patient comfort, speed, and superb images that will be interpreted by the board-certified cardiologists and board-certified radiologists of Riverside Radiology Interventional Associates., Inc.
To schedule nuclear medicine appointments, please call MCH Radiology – (419) 949‑3090.