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New Heart Imaging Offered at Michigan Heart
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New Heart Imaging Offered at Michigan Heart
New technology reduces procedure time, radiation exposure and enhances patient comfort

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Patients who require a nuclear medicine study to detect heart disease now have a faster, more comfortable option.  Michigan Heart, a part of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, is the first facility in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana to implement this revolutionary new technology system for nuclear cardiac imaging, called the D-SPECT™ Cardiac Imaging System.

 Traditional imaging requires a patient to lie still with his or her arms overhead for up to 20 minutes. The new technology can capture sharper images in less than five minutes. 

 “This is a truly revolutionary technology which enhances patient comfort with markedly shortened imaging time in a reclining position and without a need to raise arms above the head,” says Tauqir Goraya, MD, PhD, director of nuclear cardiology at Michigan Heart. “It also has the potential to drastically reduce radiation dose exposure and allows excellent image quality, even in patients weighing up to 540 pounds.”

The new system, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006, features a series of specialized detectors that capture images of the heart from multiple angles. The procedure allows doctors to determine whether blood is flowing adequately to the heart.

“We are very pleased to offer this new technology to our patients. Since its installation at Michigan Heart, the patients who have received a D-SPECT Cardiac Imaging System procedure, have been very satisfied with the length of time and ease of the procedure,” shares Dr. Goraya.  

For more information on D-SPECT Cardiac Imaging System, or to make an appointment at Michigan Heart, please call 734-712-8000.

D-SPECT Facts at a Glance:

  • Up to 10x faster imaging in as little as 2-4 minutes due to increased sensitivity of new detector technology.
  • 2x improved resolution.
  • Ability to reduce radiation dose to less than 1/4th of conventional nuclear studies.
  • Open reclining chair design with no need to raise arms above the head.
  • Markedly improved high-resolution images in patients weighing up to 540 lbs.