Expanding Diagnostic Capabilities with SPECT/CT
Since mid 2006, Adventist Medical Center’s Nuclear Medicine Department has been pleased to offer new technology and capabilities to Portland and the Northwest Region. Cutting edge molecular technologies such as SPECT/CT (Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography/Computed Tomography CAT scan) help to provide improved detection, diagnosis, and therapy planning for cardiac, oncology, and neurology diseases as well as many other disease problems.
The Symbia T® SPECT/CT system is the most sophisticated of its kind in the Northwest and first SPECT/CT scanner in Portland. This technology combines the important technologies of SPECT and CT to create an important new diagnostic imaging system.
The anatomical information from a CT scan is merged with biological function recorded by a SPECT scanner to produce an image that records the shape and functional processes of living tissues. By bringing together a CT scan’s anatomical detail that helps to pinpoint the location of abnormal tissue with SPECT technology’s ability to detect changes in patients’ molecular activity, SPECT/CT systems improve image clarity and detail and help physicians make earlier more accurate diagnoses.
Patient benefits include earlier diagnosis, accurate staging and localization, more precise treatment and patient monitoring. With the state-of-the-art images that SPECT/CT provides, patient outcomes are enhanced and unnecessary procedures are avoided. Additionally, the system features a comfortable patient opening and is designed to be very accessible, flexible and comfortable while also providing exceptional image quality and accuracy of diagnostic information.
A versatile system, the SPECT/CT scanner is used to image patients with a variety of diseases including cardiac disease, cancer and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, one of the key advantages of the SPECT/CT, is the ability to use a multitude of FDA- approved tracers to target various tumors at their source and detect metastatic cancer -sometimes too small to see otherwise- that has spread to other parts of the body. The precise anatomic localization of cancers and infections that the SPECT/CT systems provide enable physicians to enhance therapy planning for individual patients and accurately assess treatment.
Adventist Medical Center has provided comprehensive nuclear medicine healthcare services to the Portland community for more than 40 years. Expanding our diagnostic capabilities with the addition of the Siemens Symbia T® SPECT/CT will ensure our ability to continue to serve the community with high-quality services and cost-effective care to our patients.null