Keeping down the waiting list

With a Philips CardioMD gamma camera are (left to right) sales specialist nuclear medicine, Philips Healthcare Chris Wilson, staff grade cardiologist Dr Ganeson Kumar, consultant radionuclide radiologist Dr Charlotte Fowler and chief executive officer Mr Stephen Ramsden, OBE.    Lying on the couch is superintendent radiographer Tracey Lubbock, and seated beside her, is radiographer Ruth Cornwall.


In order to manage waiting list expectations, Luton and Dunstable Hospital recently acquired a Philips CardioMD dedicated gamma camera for nuclear cardiology.   The hospital, which started its cardiac service in 2005, had found that demands had increased considerably over the last three years, and therefore selected a dedicated cardiac gamma camera to cope with the extra volume and keep the waiting lists to within the six weeks timeframe.  The new camera complements a Philips Skylight NM system in the hospital’s nuclear medicine department.


Tracey Lubbock, superintendent radiographer, nuclear medicine, says, “We selected the Philips system because we have had excellent experience with our Philips Skylight gamma camera and it means that the CardioMD is compatible with the Skylight, which allows us to also use the Skylight camera as a backup when the cardiac camera is overloaded.”


Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, including A & E, for over 300,000 people in Luton, Bedfordfordshire, Hertfordshire and parts of Buckinghamshire.   The catchment population is projected to increase to 500,000 in the next ten years. 


The full story is published on page 9 of the January 2009 issue of RAD Magazine.

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