Myocardial perfusion scan service starts at Barts Heart Centre

Barts Heart Centre clinical director imaging Professor James Moon, receptionist Sandy VanLitsenborgh, centre managing director Professor Charles Knight, head of nuclear medicine Dr Neil Hartman, patient Dr Caroline Deys, acting lead in nuclear cardiology Dr Leon Menezes, lead technologist Karla Giraud, receptionist Shanaaz Billimoria and receptionist Miranda Meme.

Last year London’s Heart Hospital, part of UCLH, moved to Barts Health NHS Trust to form Europe’s biggest cardiac centre – the Barts Heart Centre (BHC).  As a result, the already active myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) services at Barts Health’s nuclear medicine sites started regular MPS lists at the BHC site.

In December, the first full MPS list was performed at the St Bartholomew’s nuclear medicine site and coincidentally the first patient was Dr Caroline Deys, was one of the first women to study medicine at the Barts Medical School.  She started there in 1957 and qualified in 1962.

Head of department Dr Neil Hartman said: “It is not easy to run a large nuclear medicine department over four sites, but we can now offer a quality service to our cardiac patients whether in the City, Whitechapel, Newham or Leytonstone.”

See the full report on page 20 of the March 2016 issue of RAD Magazine.

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