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Poland Hospital Installs Eastern Europe’s First GE Healthcare Cardiac CZT Scanner

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Press conference in Warsaw at the Military Institute of Medicine – right to left – Jerzy Masiakowski (GE Healthcare), Grzegorz Gielerak (Military Institute of Medicine), Eugeniusz Dziuk (Military Institute of Medicine). 

A new generation cardiac scanner was recently unveiled to much media acclaim at the Military Institute of Medicine in Warsaw (WIM). The first GE Healthcare cardiac gamma camera scanner in Central and Eastern Europe, the Discovery* NM530c can help clinicians assess the status of the heart after heart failure or a heart attack in a much shorter time than previously possible with conventional nuclear medicine technology. With conventional nuclear cardiac imaging, patients must hold their arms above their heads for two scans of about 15minutes each. With the Discovery NM530c, a 3D image of the heart is possible with scans lasting just 3 to 5 minutes.

The press conference, marking the Discovery NM530c’s installation at one of the most prestigious and largest military hospitals in Poland, attracted 30 journalists who reported the news across Polish TV and radio news broadcasts throughout the day.

Professor Miroslaw Dziuk, Head of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Military Institute of Medicine explained that this was a revolutionary device in cardiology. He said, “Not only does it make the test shorter, from 15 to only 3-5 minutes, it also provides accurate imaging of the heart muscle"

The reduction in scan time can help reduce patient movement due to painful or uncomfortable positioning, which in turn can affect the quality of the resulting image.  So a shorter, more comfortable procedure may help improve the image quality and allow clinicians to be more confident in their diagnosis.  The time saved also means more patients can be scanned, potentially impacting the cost effectiveness of the procedure.

The nuclear medicine scanner uses new CZT (cadmium-zinc telluride) technology, a revolutionary step forward in nuclear medicine according to Jerzy Masiakowski, from GE Healthcare. “It transforms the high-energy gamma rays directly into electrical signals which are then reconstructed in the image of the heart muscle.

“Aside from cost effectiveness, this procedure it is non- invasive compared to invasive coronary angiography, considered the gold standard in cardiologyand helps enable examination of the cardiac function.” 

Professor Dziuk said that on the day of the media reports the hospital’s phone was already ringing with patients enquiring about the scanner.

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The GE Healthcare Discovery NM530c achieves a 3D image of the heart with scans lasting just 3 to 5 minutes.