Ultra-Low Dose Imaging Prepares SD User for What's Next

The need to reduce radiation exposure to patients and medical personnel has always been Spectrum's goal since its introduction of the D-SPECT. This next generation solid-state-digital detector technology has the unique capability to count up to 10X the speed of a conventional Anger camera. This can drastically reducing imaging time for a Gated SPECT study down to 2- 3 minutes or one can significantly reduce the injected dose and acquire slightly longer (6-10 minutes).

“Today many Spectrum sites using as little as 5 mCi of 99mTc and getting exceptional image quality with a 6-8 minute Gated Spect scan," says Josh Gurewitz, VP of Sales and Marketing. These protocols use significantly less 99mTc and/or 201Tl than conventional gamma cameras while maintaining excellent image quality, even with morbidly obese patients. This in turn not only reduces the radiation dose to the patient, but also to the staff.

"Another important benefit of the ultra-low dose protocol is being prepared for the possibility of another 99mTc shortage," Gurewitz added. While we all hope this does not happen, being prepared with the technology that enables ultra low dose imaging can potentially make a big difference in getting through a high patient volume day.


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