St. Luke’s has acquired an advanced nuclear cardiology imaging system
that provides highly detailed pictures of the heart that enable physicians
to assess the location, extent and severity of heart disease quickly and
accurately. This is the first imaging system of its kind north of the
The Discovery™ NM 530 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 15 to 20 minutes each.
With the Discovery NM 530c, the scanning time is reduced to three to five
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 uncomfortable positioning or anxiety. The new shorter,
more comfortable scan has the opportunity to improve image quality, allowing
medical providers to be even more confident in their diagnosis.
“Our Discovery NM 530c system greatly improves the level of care
that our physicians can provide for heart patients,” said Scott
Studden, St. Luke’s director of diagnostic imaging. “We selected
this system because of the quality of images and the speed of results.”
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.
“It allows us to diagnose heart disease quickly and with confidence
– so we can get patients the appropriate treatment that much sooner,”
said Dr. James Mohn, St. Luke’s cardiologist. “With the Discovery
NM 530c system, we continue to raise the level of excellence in healthcare
for St. Luke’s patients and we are proud to be on the leading edge
of advancing the quality of heart care for the community.”
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 one in three deaths are attributed to CVD and as
the baby boomer generation ages, it is expected that these statistics
will continue to rise.
BELOW: Cardiologist Dr. James Mohn and CNMT Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Caroline Edland stand by the Discovery™ NM 530 nuclear imaging system