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First ECAT Scintron Installed in Texas

HOUSTON, Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Nuclear Imaging Services, LLC (NIS) has completed the first US-based ECAT Scintron installation into an outpatient cardiology facility with tremendous results. Gulf Coast Cardiology Group, P.L.L.C in Port Arthur, Texas is the first to upgrade its Siemens ECAT system to Medical Imaging Electronics' (MiE) ECAT Scintron.

The scan times for the rest and stress cardiac PET imaging protocol reduced from approximately 45 minutes to just over 20 minutes per patient. The transfer and processing times were eliminated thereby creating more productivity within the department while maximizing the comfort of the patient. Reducing the amount of time the patient remained under the camera not only improved efficiency but also image quality.

Elated with the system upgrade, Gulf Coast Cardiology Group Chief Physician Dr. Pradip J. Morbia remarked, "The Scintron has dramatically raised our level of patient care. Its efficiency allows my clinic to provide maximum patient care with reduced scan times and superior image quality." 

Gulf Coast Cardiology Group PET Technologist Deena Varnado added, "The efficiency of the Scintron is great for our patients!  It allows them to be scheduled on a timelier basis since we can now increase our daily patient volume. Our patients can also better tolerate the time they have to lay flat on the table due to the time being cut down to perform the scan."

The ECAT Scintron is the only upgrade path to the Siemens ECAT 47, ECAT HR+, and ECAT Accel PET systems. This upgrade eliminates the need for the ACSII along with the SUN workstation. Both units are replaced with new PC technology that will provide for faster scan times, improved reliability, and longevity in the ECAT family of dedicated PET systems. Hardware and software configurations include whole body, gating and list mode data acquisition.

M. Hewitt, NIS President & Chief Executive Officer states, "The initial response to the ECAT Scintron is absolutely incredible.  With improved efficiency and results, the Scintron outperforms our initial expectations and has dramatically changed the way our customers schedule, scan, and perform nuclear and PET studies."  

T. Kuehl, MiE President & Chief Executive Officer adds, "The Scintron upgrade provides enhanced patient care, modern technologies and economic efficiency. This includes 3D Myocardial Reconstruction with special scatter correction as well as the realignment of stress-rest miss-registration and list-mode protocols for simultaneous dynamic and gated studies to perform CFR analysis."

Expanding on its 2D and 3D imaging platform, the ECAT Scintron continues to develop its capabilities. NIS and MiE demonstrated its new acquisition protocols at the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL September 26-28, 2013.

MiE, based in Germany, is a manufacturer and remanufacturer of gamma camera and PET systems. The Scintron unit is always a part of a MiE system and can also be upgraded to any existing system. It takes on all processes of the scanner - data acquiring, processing, viewing as well as gantry controlling, calibrating and servicing.

NIS is a leader in providing refurbished Cardiac PET equipment and has established itself as an innovator in the industry.  NIS also offers a full range of quality products and services such as refurbished gamma cameras, nuclear staffing, radiopharmaceuticals, service agreements, discounted parts, accessories, and accreditation services.

Media Contact: M. Hewitt, Nuclear Imaging Services, LLC, 832-467-4404,

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