RIA Acquires New Nuclear Medicine Gamma Camera at Prince Frederick Facility

Posted on: 07/07/2014

Prince Frederick, MD – July 7, 2014 - Radiology Imaging Associates (RIA) is installing a new tool for patient care with the acquisition of a DSX/Xli SPECT Nuclear Medicine gamma camera. This until will replace the current system and will be available for patients beginning July 14th. The integration of digital detection and unique open gantry, dual camera design in the new unit, allows for the acquisition of simultaneous images and reduces scan times of most exams by 50% thereby improving patient comfort.

“We are proud to be the only provider in the area that offers Nuclear Medicine in the comfort of an outpatient setting. Normally this service is only available in hospital systems but we feel strongly in being able to care for our patients through any imaging they require,” says Joseph P. Finizio, MD, Medical Director, RIA.  Nuclear Medicine is a safe, painless, and cost-effective technique to image the body and treat disease. Nuclear medicine imaging is unique, because it provides doctors with information about both structure and metabolic function. It is a way to gather medical information that would otherwise be unavailable, require surgery, or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests. Nuclear medicine imaging procedures often identify abnormalities very early in the progress of a disease, long before many medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests.

The nuclear medicine test is performed with the introduction an isotope (radiopharmaceuticals) either by injection, oral ingestion or inhalation. The radiopharmaceuticals are detected by special types of cameras that work with computers to provide very precise pictures about the area of the body being imaged. In treatment, the radiopharmaceuticals go directly to the organ being treated. The amount of radiation in a typical nuclear imaging exam is comparable with that received during a diagnostic x-ray.

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