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Expanded imaging center brings added convenience and new services for patients

By ThisIsReno

SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE

High-resolution PET/CT and Nuclear Medicine Camera bring innovative practices to Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, in partnership with its radiologists, announces the opening of a new Molecular Imaging Suite.  Designed to enhance patient experiences, the new suite will offer convenience, flexibility and the latest in imaging technology.  The new suite is an expansion of Saint Mary’s Outpatient Imaging Center located at the Center for Health, 645 N. Arlington Ave., Suite 250 in downtown Reno.

“Our patients rely on precise imaging technology to produce meaningful results and we are excited to offer the most advanced diagnostic tools,” said Dr. Mark McAllister, medical director of Radiology at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.  “The new PET/CT offers the highest resolution and shortest scan times available in northern Nevada.  Additionally, the suite will allow patients to access complete imaging and diagnostic services in one convenient location.”

Patients rely on accurate and timely imaging results, which is why Saint Mary’s has expanded its current Outpatient Imaging Center.  Included in the newly designed center are a Philips Gemini Positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET/CT) and a Philips Forte Nuclear Medicine Camera.  Both technologies have significantly advanced medical diagnoses by providing high-resolution images in less time.

PET/CT scans combine two standard imaging procedures, positron emission tomography and computed tomography, into one scan that pinpoints the location of abnormal metabolic activity within the body.  This type of imaging is commonly used to detect malignancies, assess the effectiveness of a treatment plan, and can also be used to evaluate blood flow to heart muscle.  The Nuclear Medicine camera is a dual-head, variable angle camera, which supports the diagnosis of conditions related to oncology, cardiology, gastrointestinal disorders and endocrinology.

Saint Mary’s Outpatient Imaging works closely with Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer to offer a wide variety of diagnostic tools including mammography, ultrasound and MRI which are used for tumor detection.  Additionally, the Center for Cancer offers the latest in radiation therapy techniques including stereotactic radiosurgery through the use of CyberKnife, a non-invasive and highly-accurate approach to treating cancerous and benign tumors.

The newly designed Molecular Imaging Suite is now accepting new patients and is located at the Center for Health, 645 N. Arlington Ave., Suite 250.  Patients will have access to ample parking in the Ralston Street garage.  For more information or to make an appointment, call Saint Mary’s Radiology Scheduling at 770-3187 or visit www.saintmarysreno.org.

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About Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s Network is a fully-integrated, faith-based health system in Reno, Nev. founded in 1908 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.  The network is comprised of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, an acute-care hospital, providing inpatient, outpatient and wellness services; Saint Mary’s Health Plans, a statewide insurance provider with more than 40,000 members; and Saint Mary’s Medical Group, a network of physicians and other health professionals offering primary and urgent care, retail clinics and specialty healthcare.  A member of Catholic Healthcare West, Saint Mary’s is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of our community. For more information, visit our website at www.saintmarysreno.org.

About Catholic Healthcare West

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 40 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest private hospital system in California. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. The CHW network of nearly 10,000 physicians and approximately 54,000 employees provides health care services to more than five million people annually. In 2010, CHW provided more than $1.3 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.chwHEALTH.org.