first PET/CT scanner, the GE Discovery 610, is now in operation at 3030
Westchester Avenue, Purchase. The
combination of a PET scanner and computed tomography (CT) in a single device
with 64-slice technology improves diagnostic accuracy and helps with staging
and treatment planning for cancer patients,” said Dr. Barney Newman, WESTMED’s
oncologists to modify treatment strategies without waiting for physical
results,” added Dr. Newman. “More
effective therapy may improve our patients’ quality of life and overall outcome
as well as reduce the cost burden of ineffective treatment.”
addition, the CT scanner is used for calcium scoring scans. This test measures the quantity of calcium
deposits in the heart, especially deposits in the coronary arteries, which increase
a patient’s risk for a heart attack. Calcium
score testing is considered a more accurate predictor of coronary artery
disease than standard cholesterol screening tests.
imaging technology will primarily be used by oncologists and cardiologists, but
WESTMED primary care physicians will be able to order scans using the GE
Discovery 610 as well.
none of WESTMED’s other full-service sites have this equipment.