WESTMINSTER - Carroll County General Hospital has began construction on a three-phase project to improve its nuclear medicine services.
Nuclear medicine is an important part of the hospital's Imaging Department, which provides diagnostic testing.
In addition to providing more efficient use of space for both new and current diagnostic equipment, the new design separates patients visiting for brief tests from the hospitalized patients requiring nuclear medicine testing.
The new access corridors and waiting areas will change traffic patterns through the area.
Phase I includes work on Camera Room I in preparation for a new state-of-the-art SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography) Imaging System. Like a CT scan for nuclear medicine, the system is capable of producing detailed images of the whole body.
The difference between CT scans, which use X-rays, and the SPECT Imaging System, which uses isotopes injected into the circulatory system is that the nuclear medicine tests show how organs function.
Included in Phase I is construction of a new non-invasive vascular laboratory for use in diagnosing circulatory problems and diseases.
Renovations to Camera Room II, which will continue to house diagnostic equipment currently in use, are under way as well.
Phase II will involve construction on the hospital's Ultrasound Rooms I and II, which are heavily used for testing, such as in imaging of the female reproductive system and of the neck arteries, as well as the gall bladder, liver, spleen, thyroid and more.
Phase III of construction will complete the redesign of corridors, patient waiting areas and patient dressing rooms.
The project, scheduled for completion in mid-February 1991, is being accomplished in three phases so that diagnostic testing can continue with as little inconvenience and disruption of service to patients as possible.
"When completed, I anticipate a very positive response from patients, who will encounter a much more pleasant and comfortable environment while having diagnostic studies done," said Ken Geiger, CCGH director of radiology.