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Patient death leads to recall of nuclear imaging system

GE Healthcare is recalling several of its Nuclear Medicine Systems after a patient at a VA Medical Center died from injuries received while being scanned by an Infinia Hawkeye 4 Nuclear Medicine System. GE Healthcare acknowledged that serious injuries or deaths could occur due to the failure mode associated with this recall. In nuclear medicine imaging, radiopharmaceuticals are taken internally, either intravenously or orally. Then, external detectors capture and form images from the radiation emitted by the radiopharmaceuticals. Nuclear Medicine Systems are used to perform general nuclear medicine imaging procedures to detect radioisotope tracer absorption in the patient’s body, using ... Read More

SPECT brain scans help Army doctors “see” traumatic brain injuries

When Spc. James Saylor, a 31-year-old father of two, returned home from Afghanistan, he didn’t believe at first that his short temper, vivid nightmares, and short-term memory loss could be the result of a concussion he suffered after a mortar exploded near him. After all, traditional CT scans and MRIs showed a normal brain unaffected by contusions, bruises, and other physical injuries. But such is the nature of concussions, which are mild forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can have severe and lasting effects if ignored, repeated, or not properly treated. Concussions and many other forms of TBI usually ... Read More