Columbus Regional Health's new Nuclear Medicine Department opened in July and is located near the Emergency Department. The rooms feature new state-of-the-art equipment – the Siemens Evo, which is a SPECT camera, and an Intevo, which is a SPECT camera that has a CT scanner attached to it. SPECT stands for Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography.
Director of Imaging Services Bill Algee said that CRH has the only SPECT-CT in the region. This enables the team to take, when necessary, nuclear medicine images that look at functionality and overlay them on top of CT images, so they can get a more detailed, defined location of where a patient is having issues. Previously the team conducted nuclear medicine studies with a gamma camera. Both rooms feature programmable lighting and sound to enhance patient experience and reduce anxiety.