Nuclear Medicine

Ashley Regional Medical Center has the latest in nuclear medicine technology, the Infinia Hawkeye 4.

The Infinia Hawkeye 4 is the latest in hybrid single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) scanners and the first to offer the speed and high-resolution images of 4 slice CT.

The system enables confident diagnoses by providing fully registered functional and anatomical information in a single image and with a single exam that is quick and comfortable for patients. The system has the power to deliver quality images even in bariatric patients, and yet patients receive optimized radiation dose.

Infinia Hawkeye 4 is a versatile imaging system that helps physicians determine both the nature and precise location of disease. It is a powerful diagnostic tool for many types of nuclear studies. For instance the Hawkeye can be used for thyroid studies to determine function, gallbladder studies to determine function, cardiac perfusion studies to show how the heart is pumping, and scans to identify cancerous tissue. It is ideal for functions such as disease monitoring, treatment monitoring, and pre-surgery planning, and it has applications in trauma studies, as well. A typical exam takes as little as 10 minutes.

Relevance to disease diagnosis

With the Infinia Hawkeye 4, physicians can accurately detect disease that may not be detected by other means, such as with CT scans alone. Physicians can pinpoint where disease is located, distinguish it from normal tissue and physiological activity, and predict where it will go next. By allowing physicians to assess the aggressiveness of disease, the system helps eliminate guesswork and potentially avoid unnecessary surgery, while enabling an appropriate treatment plan for the patient.

Ashley Regional is proud to be one of only a handful of hospitals in the state of Utah to provide this amazing new technology.