Hawkins County Memorial Elevates Care With Advanced Nuclear Medicine Camera
County Memorial Hospital’s commitment to enhancing the community’s
health continues to grow with the installation of a new nuclear medicine camera
that will deliver care even faster to patients.
The hospital has obtained the Siemens E Cam nuclear medicine
camera, which has reduced scan times by about 50 percent in all of its
applications. For example, a whole body bone scan now takes 25 minutes instead
of the 45 to 60 minutes the previous nuclear medicine camera required.
“This camera, with its dual head, allows both sides of the
patient to be scanned simultaneously, which provide a shorter scan time and
more comfort for the patient.” said Darlene Lee, Hawkins County Memorial’s
radiology director. “The nuclear camera is not only faster but offers greater
accuracy in imagery, which further allows scan times to be reduced
The availability of nuclear medicine services ensures
Hawkins County residents receive high-quality care close to home.
“A patient does not need to consider leaving Hawkins County
for nuclear medicine studies such as a whole body bone scan, a heart scan or a
thyroid scan,” said Ann Hubbard, lead nuclear medical technician. “Expert
patient care and comfort are available at our hospital.”
The new camera’s installation represents the latest example
of good news for Hawkins County Memorial. CareChex, a national ratings agency,
named the hospital among the top 10 percent in the nation in overall hospital
care, medical care and surgical care in its patient satisfaction category and
overall medical care in its medical excellence category.
“Hawkins County Memorial is focused on delivering superior
health care with compassion and enhancing the experience for our patients,”
said Greg Neal, the hospital’s president. “The installation of this machine
keeps our technology on the cutting edge and demonstrates how our patients
receive innovative care at their community hospital.”