Vernon Hospital has one of the latest and most advanced diagnostic cameras available.
A new gamma camera in the nuclear medicine department of Vernon Jubilee Hospital was recently installed to replace a 20-year-old camera.
“The new camera comes with more sophisticated and updated technology for more accurate and comprehensive patient diagnosis and management,” said Dr. Curtis Mohamed, medical director of nuclear medicine.
In nuclear medicine procedures, according to information provided by the VJH Hospital Foundation, an energy source is introduced into the body in the form of a radioactive tracer. This tracer then accumulates in a specific tissue, organ or process and is then detected by the gamma camera to provide information on organ function and cellular activity.
“Because the disease begins with microscopic cell changes, our team has the potential to identify the disease at an earlier and more treatable stage,” said Mohamed.
“Many of the people who will be analyzed will be cancer patients,” said Janell Thorpe, head of professional practice and responsible for radiation protection in the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the HJV.
“Newly diagnosed patients go to the nuclear medicine department at the start of their diagnosis to be scanned before detecting lymph nodes. Follow-up exams will then take place every 2-3 months throughout their treatment in the first year of their diagnosis.
“Nuclear medicine tests will help determine the spread of the disease, the effectiveness of treatment, and monitor any side effects of chemotherapy drugs on the heart.”