Northside Among First in Atlanta to Use New 5-Minute Nuclear Scanner

Posted on: August 14, 2014


Northside’s Heart & Vascular Institute is one of the first sites in Georgia to install the advanced GE Discovery NM 530c nuclear medicine camera.  The highly sensitive camera reduces time, discomfort and radiation exposure for patients.

While a traditional cardiac scan requires patients to raise their hands above their heads for two cycles of 15-20 minutes, the new camera is more sensitive and able to gather image data much faster, reducing scan times to as short as 3 minutes.  Patients experience a shorter exam, less discomfort and a smaller dose of radiation.

The device also offers better image quality.  Combined with the increased speed, doctors get the information they need more quickly and can more accurately assess the location, extent, and severity of heart disease and determine course of treatment.

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