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Emory Johns Creek Hospital opens new nuclear medicine unit to better serve patients

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Alysia Satchel
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A new nuclear medicine department is now open to patients at Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH). Dozens gathered to celebrate the addition on Oct. 23.

"We’re delighted to add another nuclear medicine unit to our facility to offer patients the highest quality diagnostic imaging and provide the best possible care and convenience," says Marilyn Margolis, EJCH CEO.

Nuclear medicine uses radioactive material in the body to assess and treat conditions. The new unit includes a SPECT/CT, eight-slice scanner and nuclear medicine camera. Emory Healthcare radiologists say GE Healthcare’s Discovery 860 provides better quality, detail, and sensitivity.

"Unlike traditional imaging, nuclear medicine captures what’s happening in the body at the cellular level," says Howard Fleishon, MD, director of Community Radiology Specialists and EJCH’s chief of radiology services.

The technology allows clinicians to diagnose disease more precisely in a single imaging procedure. It assists physicians and clinicians in diagnosing disease at its earliest stage, including treatments for hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.

"The new camera offers finer resolution and contrast, which enhances pathology compared to our previous camera," says Chrystal Barnes, CRA, CT, RT, EJCH Director of Imaging. "It’s like moving from a Polaroid camera to a digital camera," says Barnes.

The new console also allows physicians to review scans remotely from their mobile devices. This offers quicker collaboration, improved productivity, and saves time for patients and staff.

For more information about radiology services at EJCH, call 678-474-7000 or visit

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