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  • Faxton-St. Luke’s installs new nuclear medicine technology

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  • UTICA — Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare is the first hospital in the area to install a new nuclear medicine and interventional radiology technology that assists providers in detecting disease in its early stages in addition to performing life saving treatments, according to a news release.
    The Siemen’s Symbia S imaging system is ideal for the early detection and staging of cancer, heart disease and other hard-to-diagnose disorders, according to the release. The systems offer high-definition digital detectors for 3D imaging and expanded clinical capabilities. The open design enhances comfort for a variety of patients including pediatric, geriatric and bariatric patients, as well as those on stretchers and in wheelchairs.
    “FSLH is the only health care organization between Buffalo and Albany to have this technology,” said Sean Whip, administrative director of medical imaging at FSLH, in the release. “With this unique combination of image quality, patient versatility and exceptional functionality, we expect our new nuclear medicine systems to significantly reduce examination time and enhance the patient’s images.”
    Nuclear medicine scans can detect diseases before they progress. The small amount of radioisotope injected into patients is specific to what organ or area of the body needs to be viewed and is most commonly used for cardiac studies, bone, renal, liver, gall bladder and bile duct scans as well as gastrointestinal scans, according to the news release.
    The Siemen’s Artis zee angiography system provides physicians with highly detailed images of patients’ blood vessels during diagnostic and treatment procedures, according to the release. A full color, 56 inch flat-panel medical-grade screen enables providers to obtain 3D images in high resolution as well as see multiple views simultaneously. The screen also enables users to visualize the smallest of blood vessels and also helps guide interventional devices, such as catheters, in precise detail and from almost any angle, according to the release.
    “Keeping up with new technology is critical because better images lead to faster, more accurate diagnoses and more importantly, enhanced advanced treatment options for patients,” said Kenneth Murphy, MD, interventional radiologist with Radiology Associates of New Hartford, in the release. “For example, this new system enables us to fuse CT and MRI images together on the screen for more accurate treatment of tumors and vascular problems. We are one of only a handful of centers in the country with this platform. It is very exciting.”
    The system is designed to provide patients with the lowest possible radiation dose and also eliminates time consuming and uncomfortable repositioning of the patient in the exam room, making the procedure faster and less stressful for patients, according to the release. This technology is used most commonly to see inside of blood vessels and veins in the body as well as uterine fibroids, dialysis catheters and abdominal aortic aneurysm endografts.
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