Cardiac Gamma Camera
Nuclear cardiology is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose heart diseases, and is often paired with stress testing procedures. An integral part of this diagnostic process is the ultra fast nuclear cardiac gamma camera, a major advance in nuclear cardiac imaging. With this technology, imaging time is reduced by 50 to 75 percent compared to older cameras, making the procedure more comfortable for patients. In selected patients, radiation exposure can be reduced by up to half. This is the first camera of its type in Rhode Island and one of the first in New England.
This innovative technology improves patient comfort, decreases imaging time, and maintains a very high level of diagnostic accuracy. Additionally, the new camera provides our specialized staff of physicians, nurses and technologists with the flexibility to use a variety of imaging protocols that can be tailored to the specific patient in order to provide the best possible nuclear cardiac stress test with the lowest possible risk.
“This gamma camera's unique ability to acquire high quality cardiac images, while at the same time improving patient comfort and keeping radiation exposure to a minimum, is a tremendous benefit to patients,” said James A. Arrighi, MD, director of nuclear cardiology at Rhode Island Hospital. “A great deal has been said in recent months about the risks of radiation exposure. While the risk from such exposure is relatively small in comparison to the benefit of performing these studies, this camera technology allows us to keep the radiation dose as low as possible while providing patients with state-of-the-art stress cardiac nuclear imaging in a patient-friendly, comfortable environment.”