nHawkeye ® SPECT/CT Changing the Course of Treatment
The Hawkeye ® SPECT/CT is changing the course of treatment for patients every day. "It is the first and only technology that combines the precise anatomical detail of a CT scan with the functional data obtained from a SPECT study in a single diagnostic imaging procedure," said Imaging Director, Larry Harris. "What this means to the patient is that a precise image is produced, which can pinpoint the exact location of the lesion in question."
"A Diagnostic Radiologist on staff at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts gave an account of a patient who benefited from this new technology," explained Harris. " He said that a recent thyroid cancer patient who had rising TBG's was scanned and the test revealed foci in the pelvis. Both turned out to be bony metastases. He was able to determine this because he could see the bony erosion and the soft tissue mass in the iliac bone. Because of the Hawkeye's results, the patient's course of treatment dramatically changed."
"As a healthcare provider, we seek to provide our physicians and staff with the necessary technology to treat our patients effectively," said Citizens marketing director, Roxiann Ramsey. "From lab procedures to surgery, patients are entrusting us with their lives. In healthcare today, it's more than just obtaining the latest "toy" it is about obtaining the right technology that offers patients the most accurate results and improves outcomes. For Citizens, it is a standard of practice to continually evaluate and upgrade technology that is beneficial to both the patient and physician.
In addition to the Hawkeye ® SPECT/CT, the hospital recently purchased an OEC 9800 Plus or most often referred to as a C-Arm. The C-Arm addresses a vast range of clinical, surgical and vascular applications; it is a mobile digital imaging system that produces high quality fluror images in the ER, OR, ICU, and in the Pain Management Clinic. "This versatile unit is the gold standard in mobile fluoroscopy applications and innovative X-ray imaging technology," said Harris.
"Our acquisition of both the C-Arm and SPECT/CT will provide physicians with improved diagnostic capabilities. With a combined total of more than $700,000 for both units, we see this as an investment in our communities' health," said Ramsey.