Our D-SPECT gamma camera has globally improved our nuclear stress testing performed here at Franciscan Health Lafayette. Our Cardiologists prefer that we solely utilize the D-SPECT for cardiac i...Read More
Our D-SPECT gamma camera has globally improved our nuclear stress testing performed here at Franciscan Health Lafayette. Our Cardiologists prefer that we solely utilize the D-SPECT for cardiac imaging because the “image quality is far superior” over our other conventional dual head gamma camera systems. The 9 detector D-SPECT has reduced imaging time by at least 50%, allowing for the throughput of two conventional dual head systems in one small footprint. Patients appreciate the comfortable imaging chair design, and the fact that they are now not required to raise their arms fully above their head for imaging, rather arms are now resting on the detector head at shoulder height. The D-SPECT imaging chair configuration is also less claustrophobic for patients compared to conventional gamma camera set-up. The D-SPECT 542lb weight limit has also allowed us to accommodate some larger patients that we otherwise would not have been able to scan and produce diagnostic images for review. I would recommend the D-SPECT cardiac camera to my colleagues with-out hesitation.Read Less
We have been using the D-Spect camera for a little over a year now at a very busy nuclear cardiology lab. Most importantly, it allows us to provide our patients the highest quality care through ...Read More
We have been using the D-Spect camera for a little over a year now at a very busy nuclear cardiology lab. Most importantly, it allows us to provide our patients the highest quality care through unsurpassed diagnostic capabilities. However, there are so many other features that have allowed us to improve our service. The patients love the recliner design of the chair, as well as, the scan times that have decreased from 18 minutes per scan down to 4. From a business stand point, we are able to process more patients each day in less time, while not just maintaining the same quality…but improving it beyond our expectations! I would recommend the D-Spect camera to anyone considering opening a lab or upgrading outdated equipment.Read Less
Optimal patient imaging includes shorter acquisition time, short waiting period, improved comfort and patient compliance, lower radiation exposure, lower medical cost and higher diagnostic perfo...Read More
Optimal patient imaging includes shorter acquisition time, short waiting period, improved comfort and patient compliance, lower radiation exposure, lower medical cost and higher diagnostic performance. We believe that most of those improvements are accomplished with the D-SPECT.
At Nihon University, we developed a new protocol with the D-SPECT: simultaneous dual-isotope imaging (SDI) for MPI which was based on a protocol developed by Dr. Berman’s group at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. They performed a sequential acquisition dual-isotope imaging using 201Tl and 99mTc-sestamibi in the past. Our earlier study showed that D-SPECT had 5.03- and 6.31-fold higher photon counts・s–1・MBq–1 for the 99mTc and 201Tl sources than A-SPECT, respectively. Therefore, we thought that higher sensitivity of semiconductor detectors should contribute to reduce radiation exposure. Interestingly, sensitivity of semiconductor detectors is excellent with 201Tl. 201Tl imaging would be ideal to visualize myocardial blood flow in the area of hyperemic condition with its higher extraction fraction (85%). Moreover, 201Tl may be slightly more effective in identifying mild coronary stenosis. 99mTc-labelled tracers such as Sestamibi and Tetrofosmin have a little bit lower extraction fraction (54–62%), potentially causing a mild myocardial perfusion defect that could be missed. We also took into account higher energy-spectrum resolution of semiconductor detectors, which allowed a simultaneous acquisition of dual-isotope imaging.
From March 2015, we started this new SDI protocol; a simultaneous acquisition rest 99mTc-tetrofosmin/stress 201Tl and documented its clinical feasibility. Ninety-four patients were enrolled. Patients were injected with 99mTc-tetrofosmin 6.91 mCi (296 MBq) for rest imaging, followed by 201Tl 2 mCi (74 MBq) injection during a 6 min of adenosine stress test. Immediately after the stress test, the patients underwent the electrocardiogram-gated simultaneous acquisition rest (99mTc-tetrofosmin) and stress (201Tl) MPI. Coronary angiography to detect ≥ 75% stenosis was performed in all subjects within 3 months of SPECT imaging. AUC was 0.908 on a per patient basis; and with regard to the coronary arteries, it was 0.848 in the left anterior descending artery; 0.835 in the left circumflex artery; and 0.813 in the right coronary artery. Usually total examination time is less than 30 minutes. Moreover, sensitivity to detect significant coronary stenosis in 36 patients with multi-vessel disease was 97%. We clearly showed the diagnostic performance of D-SPECT with SDI protocol and its clinical feasibility.Read Less
In our experience, the D-SPECT® camera is revolutionary for the field of nuclear cardiology since it reduces the number of false-positive studies and increases the confidence of the reader. The ...Read More
In our experience, the D-SPECT® camera is revolutionary for the field of nuclear cardiology since it reduces the number of false-positive studies and increases the confidence of the reader. The short imaging times and the comfortable imaging position are an added bonus for the patients, especially those with claustrophobia and difficulty lying flat on the table.Read Less
“My jaw dropped. The D-SPECT image is simply breathtaking!”
We are a cardiovascular specialty hospital and perform about 2500 MPI cases a year. It has been 4 years since the D-SPECT was...Read More
“My jaw dropped. The D-SPECT image is simply breathtaking!”
We are a cardiovascular specialty hospital and perform about 2500 MPI cases a year. It has been 4 years since the D-SPECT was installed.
The D-SPECT ‘s high system sensitivity and spatial resolution has allowed us to perform procedures (Myocardial Flow Reserve measurement by Dynamic SPECT, Left atrium ganglion plexus imaging by I-123 mIBG, Simultaneous Dual isotope imaging & ultra low dose imaging) that were impossible by conventional SPECT. The system has also allowed for increased patient comfort, again not possible with the previous conventional SPECT camera.
We are appreciative of the quick and accurate correspondence from the applications, service & software teams, whenever we have questions or there is a system issue.
Our physicians want to provide the best diagnostics procedures and treatment to their patients. With the D-SPECT, they have their high speed SPECT.Read Less
After finding ourselves with the challenge of replacing an outdated camera just about the time the new regulations were coming down to reduce patient exposure, we set our sites towards the Spect...Read More
After finding ourselves with the challenge of replacing an outdated camera just about the time the new regulations were coming down to reduce patient exposure, we set our sites towards the Spectrum D-SPECT® camera. Admittedly, we were skeptical. After all, how could something that simple and that small have big results.
After much research and a few site visits we committed to the D-SPECT camera and have had no regrets since. We experienced excellent sales service followed by very professional and fast installation as well as thorough on-site training and support.
Outside of the obvious reduced dosage (we use a BMI short scale), reduced image time and superior image quality, we have increased our department efficiency and have gone from a 2-camera department (one anger camera), to a one camera department as we use the D-SPECT exclusively.
Image quality of larger patients (up to 500 lbs.) have been nothing short of incredible. With the shorter imaging time, we find repeat imaging due to motion a thing of the past and patients whom have had earlier imaging experience with us are elated.
After purchase, support and maintenance have been excellent. We did experience a few bugs in the first couple months but am happy to say they were promptly addressed and issues did not re-occur. Up time for the camera over the last year has been at 99% which I have never experienced in my 30 years in the field.
We have 6 cameras within our practice and are looking forward to adding more D-SPECT units as existing cameras reach end of life. We are also looking forward to transitioning to the CFR software in the very near future.Read Less
The Spectrum Dynamics’ D-SPECT® Cardiac Imaging System has been instrumental in helping the Washington Hospital Center’s Nuclear Medicine department survive the 99mTc shortage.<...Read More
The Spectrum Dynamics’ D-SPECT® Cardiac Imaging System has been instrumental in helping the Washington Hospital Center’s Nuclear Medicine department survive the 99mTc shortage.
The system has allowed us to reduce our 99mTc doses by one-third. There was no compromise in image quality with scan times of less than 6 minutes. We get excellent quality images even with obese patients (300+), by increasing the acquisition time by 3 minutes per study.
The system has become the choice for returning elderly outpatients. The patients rave about the comfortable non-tortuous imaging position, short scan times, and non-claustrophobic environment. The comfortable positioning and decreased scan times have been helpful in reducing motion problems thereby decreasing re-imaging by 50%.
The camera has proved to be very reliable- with a 12-month uptime around 98%. On average, we do 36 studies daily (Monday-Friday) and 12 studies on Saturday.
I would recommend the D-SPECT to any hospital or private office who is interested in improving their throughput and patient satisfaction.Read Less
Our experience with the D-SPECT® has been overwhelmingly positive. Our throughput has increased but we have also decreased the exposure to our patients because our camera allows us to...Read More
Our experience with the D-SPECT® has been overwhelmingly positive. Our throughput has increased but we have also decreased the exposure to our patients because our camera allows us to use much smaller doses. The image quality is superlative. The recent technetium shortage forced us to switch to thallium yet we still gate our patients and with excellent results. However, the best result has been the response to the camera from our clientele. The speed of the study combined with the comfort of the equipment and its non-threatening, non-claustrophobic design have brought smiles and effuse praise from our patients, particularly those who in the past have had to deal with slower, less patient-friendly systems.
The D-SPECT never ceases to surprise and please me. The camera produces images of outstanding quality, even on large or petite patients. The stability of our system has given us peace of mind, knowing that we can count on our camera to perform when we need it. On those occasions when a problem has popped up, field service has been brilliant, diagnosing the cause quickly and returning our camera to service with blinding speed.
Spectrum Dynamics has been very proactive about improving their product. They have elicited feedback from us frequently and then acted on it, making an already excellent instrument better.
I have been in nuclear medicine for 27 years and have used nearly every brand of camera at one point or another in my career. Bar none, the D-SPECT is the finest camera I have ever used. In the D-SPECT, I have a powerful, stable, user-friendly platform backed by a superior service, customer-friendly, and proactive vendor dedicated to making their product better and easier to use. It has increased our productivity without lengthening my workday, thus satisfying the needs of my physicians, our management, and most importantly our patients.Read Less
We are a cardiovascular practice in South Carolina consisting of four cardiologists (three interventional, one invasive & non-interventional) and two cardiovascular surgeons. We have owned n...Read More
We are a cardiovascular practice in South Carolina consisting of four cardiologists (three interventional, one invasive & non-interventional) and two cardiovascular surgeons. We have owned nuclear imaging equipment since 1991. Prior to acquiring the Spectrum-Dynamics, we were using an Elscint Cardial purchased in 1998. We were obtaining about ten studies per day with the Elscint, but our back-log of patients spanned over several weeks; obviously not a good situation for a cardiology practice. In addition to badly needing more through-put, we had struggled with service issues with the Elscint over a period of a couple of years. As you may know, GE service is not ideal for the Elscint equipment.
After reviewing each manufacturer, we realized that there was nothing really “new” on the market except for the solid state camera. Increasing through-put appeared to be easy with this technology. It is also capable of so much more, including functional data that has never been acquired with a gamma camera. The possibilities of future developments with this technology are also endless.
We decided to “bite the bullet”, take the plunge, or whatever you prefer to call it, in spite of all the negative comments made by the competitors, i.e.,
- It’s more expensive
- Questionable stability of the company
- Who performs the service?
- Too difficult of a transition for the technologists, etc.
- The easiest installation we have ever experienced in 35 years of practice
- Our technologists transitioned well within a week
- Our patients are in love with the chair and the much shorter scan time - we can also scan heavier patients than ever before with terrific image quality
- Images are outstanding on everyone
- We have easily added three patients per day after only six weeks of use – we are experimenting with our protocols in order to do more
- The foot-print of the camera is very small
- We have had no service or application issues.
My aim is to share with you our experience of integrating the D-SPECT® into a busy hospital’s Nuclear Medicine Department in a 450-bed regional medical center with a very active heart...Read More
My aim is to share with you our experience of integrating the D-SPECT® into a busy hospital’s Nuclear Medicine Department in a 450-bed regional medical center with a very active heart and vascular institute. Our daily volume is 25-30 patient studies of which 40% are myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). Approximately 75% of our studies, including nuclear cardiology, are performed on outpatients.
The D-SPECT was installed and operational in early December 2009. Initially, we were involved with technologist and physician training and optimizing procedures. A comparison study of patients imaged by both standard cameras with attenuation correction and the DSPECT uniformly demonstrated superior quality of the D-SPECT images and confirmed its diagnostic accuracy. It was also noted that D-SPECT images in very large patients (BMI >45) maintained excellent quality as compared to the degraded quality noted in many such patients with our standard cameras. Determination of global systolic function (LVEF) was more accurate in patients with significant arrhythmias due to the ability to exclude irregular heartbeats with the D-SPECT. During January 2010, we transitioned our MPI to the D-SPECT--including the reporting of results. Using a radiopharmaceutical dose and imaging time schedule based on BMI and imaging the stress study in upright and supine positions, our routine scheduling easily allowed for 10 patient studies per workshift. We found that a majority of large patients (BMI >50) can be imaged using a same day rest/stress protocol without loss of quality.
The shortage of 99mTc required the use of 201Thallium (201Tl) for some of our studies. Using a rest 201Tl/stress 99mTc Sestamibi D-SPECT protocol, we found that the high quality and appearance of the 201Tl images were quite similar to the 99mTc Sestamibi images enhancing the comparison of the rest/stress images. As it has been noted that the high quality of the 201Tl images can be obtained up to 48 hours, we have extended our 201Tl myocardial viability protocol in an attempt to increase the sensitivity of this technique to detect viable hibernating myocardium.
Taking advantage of the short imaging time and high image quality, we plan to move toward more flexible scheduling to speed up the diagnostic process of patients in the Emergency Department and hospital. In order to help achieve this flexibility and enhance patient throughput, we have begun to use initial stress imaging in selected patients and performing rest imaging only if the stress study is abnormal. Such stress-only protocols, as well as appropriately adjusting the radiotracer dose and duration of imaging, will be evaluated in order to decrease patient radiation exposure and maintain image quality.
Taking advantage of the current intrinsic capabilities of the D-SPECT, there are studies underway involving: 1) A single simultaneous dual radionuclide (201Tl and 99mTc) rest/stress imaging protocol; 2) Quantitative tomographic blood pool ventricular function; and 3) Quantitation of regional coronary flow reserve as an adjunct to myocardial perfusion imaging.Read Less
We were excited to be able to install a Spectrum Dynamics Medical D-SPECT® system at Royal Brompton Hospital in London recently. We are a specialist teaching hospital for the heart an...Read More
We were excited to be able to install a Spectrum Dynamics Medical D-SPECT® system at Royal Brompton Hospital in London recently. We are a specialist teaching hospital for the heart and lungs and have a major interest in nuclear cardiology with an important record of research and teaching as well as clinical practice in this area. The D-SPECT camera complements our existing facilities perfectly and we have been able to take advantage of its high sensitivity and resolution. The images are very high quality compared with conventional cameras and the relatively open gantry makes imaging much easier for our patients. We are also excited about the possibility of quantitative myocardial perfusion and simultaneous dual-isotope acquisition combining MPS and mIBG to provide guidance in patients undergoing electrophysiology ablations.
We have found Spectrum Dynamics Medical to be an excellent partner in this new venture. They are a company with a vision for the future of nuclear cardiology and we look forward to a continuing and productive relationship with them for the benefit of our patients.Read Less
Our department received the D-SPECT® camera in October 2013. Right from the beginning everything went perfect. The system was set up and ready to use in no time. Training of our staff...Read More
Our department received the D-SPECT® camera in October 2013. Right from the beginning everything went perfect. The system was set up and ready to use in no time. Training of our staff took only three days. At the end of that period, the whole load of our myocardial perfusion scans was immediately shifted to the new camera system.
Our experiences with the D-SPECT camera are unanimously positive. We were able to increase the number of examinations done per month by more than 25%. The system is easy to use, fast, and highly reliable. Patient handling is exceptionally easy. However, without doubt the most important aspect is the increase in image quality. Working with the D-SPECT system is like removing a veil from the scans. The precision of our reports improved significantly leading to an increase in requests for myocardial perfusion scintigraphy, as we have never experienced before. Patients accept a waiting time of two weeks and more just to be examined in our department although other clinics offer open slots. Adipose patients, claustrophobic patients - not a problem at all.
Innovations in the field of Nuclear Medicine have become rare over the last years. Doubtlessly, the D-SPECT camera is such an innovation with the potential to improve and rejuvenate the method. We are very happy for the opportunity to use this new technique. Our experience: Once you have used the D-SPECT system, you do not want to go back to conventional SPECT cameras.Read Less