Glasgow Royal sees major benefits to patient throughput after installation of cardio system

Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s department of nuclear cardiology has increased patient throughput since receiving a D-SPECT Cardio system from Link Medical, distributor for the Spectrum Dynamics range of gamma cameras.

D-SPECT Cardio is equipped with dynamic SPECT imaging that is capable of performing coronary flow reserve and is said to produce high resolution MPI images at a fraction of the time of conventional technologies.

Head of nuclear cardiology Dr Craig Paterson said: “As one of the country’s busiest nuclear cardiology departments we have greatly benefited from the flexibility that the digital CZT technology in the D-SPECT offers us. In particular, the increased sensitivity of the system has had a major impact on increasing patient throughput in the department, allowing us to reduce waiting times and continue to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

“We look forward to being able to exploit the opportunities provided by the system’s native planar and dynamic imaging capabilities. We have also found the training and support provided by Spectrum Dynamics to be of the highest standard, especially given the current challenges we are all facing.”

Senior clinical technologist Robin McDade added: “The sitting position maximises patient comfort, reduces the moving and handling burden to our staff and is helping reduce our rescan rate for MPI.”

Picture: Head of nuclear cardiology Dr Craig Paterson, senior clinical technologists Robin McDade and Gayle McMaster with Link Medical ceo Peter Dobson (behind).

Published on page 15 of the May 2021 issue of RAD Magazine.

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