N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center announces the addition of the Siemens Symbia Intevo Bold camera to its nuclear medicine division. This SPECT/CT device allows clinicians to image parts of the body with high accuracy, while using a low dose of radiation.
“Combining [SPECT and CT] enables our imaging experts to generate scans with stunning clarity, accuracy, and safety,” says Ihor Sawczuk, MD, FACS, Hackensack Meridian Health regional president, Northern Market and chief research officer.
This advanced imaging technology will allow Hackensack University Medical Center to diagnose a wide range of diseases and disorders in the areas of cardiology, oncology, neurology, urology, and orthopedics. Most recently, clinicians performed a SPECT/CT scan on a patient receiving Lutathera—a radioactive targeted therapy for neuroendocrine tumors in the digestive tract—at John Theurer Cancer Center, which provided vital information to better plan the patient’s treatments.
Symbia Intevo Bold also shines in the area of bone imaging, Hackensack University Medical Center hospital officials say. Coupled with the higher image resolution achieved from xSPECT Bone technology, physicians can better characterize musculoskeletal conditions. And with the advent of metal artifact reduction software, iMAR, they can now also precisely image areas of the body near metallic implants or devices to a degree that was once not possible.
“This will prove to be a great benefit as patient populations continue to age and the number of patients with metal implants and pacemakers continues to increase,” says Sean Pierce, MD, chair of radiology for Hackensack University Medical Center.