Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Opened Cardiac Imaging Center in Jasper

Piedmont Mountainside Hospital (PMH) recently opened a Cardiac Imaging Center in Jasper! The PMH Cardiac Imaging Center offers cardiac imaging methods such as nuclear medicine and echo services to Jasper and the surrounding communities. Both of these methods allow physicians to take a closer look at the heart and blood vessels with little risk to the patient.

“We are proud to be introducing the latest cardiac technology to the Jasper community,” said Mike Robertson, interim CEO of Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. “The idea is to be able to offer diagnostic services, consultations and interpretations nearby, so patients don’t have to travel too far for their cardiac needs.”

Nuclear medicine is a subspecialty within the field of radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat disease and other abnormalities within the body. Nuclear medicine imaging procedures are noninvasive and usually painless medical tests that help physicians diagnose medical conditions. These imaging scans use radioactive materials called a radiopharmaceutical or radiotracer.

An echocardiogram is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart. It is noninvasive and entirely safe, and when interpreted by well-trained cardiologists, is very accurate. In addition to providing single-dimension images, known as M-mode echo that allows accurate measurement of the heart chambers, the echocardiogram also offers far more sophisticated and advanced imaging. This is known as two-dimensional (2-D) Echo and is capable of displaying a cross-sectional "slice" of the beating heart, including the chambers, valves and the major blood vessels that exit from the left and right ventricle.

The new Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Cardiac Imaging Center is located on the hospital campus at 220 J.L. White Drive in Jasper. For more information on the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Cardiac Imaging Center, call 706-301-5401 or visit www.piedmontmountainsidehospital.org.
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