New Nuclear Camera Improves Diagnosis of Cardiac Conditions Patients Benefit From More Accurate Diagnostic Imagery, Shorter Scan Times (Hudson, NY) Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) today announced the acquisition and installation of state of the art scanning technology that will significantly improve the diagnosis of numerous common and rare cardiac conditions. The scanner was purchased with the support of the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation, which relies on the generosity of community donors. The new scanning device, known as the Symbia Evo Excel, is a single-photon emission computerized tomography device -- commonly called a “nuclear camera” -- that provides real-time scans of patient heart function. According the Dr. Hiral N. Amin, MD, a cardiologist at CMH’s Twin County Cardiology practice, the new technology is instrumental in testing heart function via “stress tests.” The machine can accurately measure blood flow in the hearts of patients to diagnose any irregular circulatory activity. Importantly, the device can be used on patients who can exercise and on patients who, due to their cardiac condition, cannot exercise. “This new imaging technology significantly improves the quality of images we use to make a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan. It also [...]
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Ultrasound Devices Will Aid Diagnosis of COVID-19 and Other Ailments in CMH’s Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit and Rapid Care Centers in Valatie and Copake Hudson, N.Y. July 21, 2020 Columbia Memorial Health today announced it has received three ultrasound scanning devices donated by “Radiologists Without Borders.” Useful in many applications, the handheld devices are particularly well suited to be used at the bedside to generate chest scans of COVID-19 patients, eliminating the need to move patients to other areas where traditional scanning equipment is installed in fixed locations. The devices will be used in CMH’s Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit in Hudson, and at its Rapid Care Centers in Valatie and Copake, further enhancing CMH’s advanced diagnostic capabilities. Founded by Dr. Tariq Gill (who is also CMH’s Chief of Radiology), Radiologists Without Borders (RWB) is an American-based, non-profit organization committed to improving health and livelihood by supplying diagnostic imaging equipment, services, training, and support. “This technology is very helpful in the diagnosis of COVID-19 and can be employed in a manner that reduces patient movement and the potential exposure risks associated with that movement,” said Dr. Gill. This is not the [...]