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Published on July 17, 2014

Detecting Disease at the Molecular Level
Nuclear Medicine Now Available at MidMichigan Health Park – Mt. Pleasant

Siemens Symbia® S nuclear medicine imaging system MidMichigan Health has installed a Siemens Symbia® S nuclear medicine imaging system at MidMichigan Health Park - Mt. Pleasant, located at 4851 E. Pickard Road. The new system is ideal for the early detection and staging of cancer, heart disease, and other hard-to-diagnose disorders.

The system uses single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) to perform a variety of imaging and nuclear medicine procedures. Its high definition detectors offer exceptional image quality, and its open design is more comfortable and less claustrophobic for patients. While anyone can benefit from an open design, it is especially ideal for larger patients and those who need to communicate with caregivers during their exam, such as children or elderly patients. It also enables technologists to perform highly accurate organ and tissue-specific studies while accommodating stretchers and wheelchairs.

Nuclear medicine measures activity on a molecular level, so it can often detect diseases before they have progressed enough to be identified by other means, such as X-ray or MRI. Patients are injected with a small amount of a targeted radioisotope based on the clinical need. Once injected, the isotope is attracted to a specific organ or region of the body, highlighting the area of concern.

Nuclear medicine exams are available with a signed physician order Monday through Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and may be scheduled by calling (888) 367-2778.