Nuclear Cardiology is one of the important specialties in non-invasive imaging in cardiology practice. Its contribution to patient care and management is substantial and continuously improving over time. We started our Nuclear Cardiology service in 1992 and since 2001 we have been performing more than 1500 procedures annually. We cater for our own institution as well as those requests from other hospitals in malaysia. Essentially, this non-invasive imaging is using a radioisotope with short half-life (Technetium99m) which is introduced intravenously for the stress and rest scans.
Multiple pictures or images – Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) are taken at different angles over a period of time. The software will enable us to compile, process and produce cine images that will be read by our Cardiologist or Visiting Radiologist. Nuclear Cardiology is currently one of the gold standards to safely evaluate patients with suspected coronary artery disease. It is a functional assessment to check adequacy of coronary blood flow. This study has a 90% Sensitivity and 85% Specificity in identifying underlying coronary artery disease.
IIn June 2007 Institut Jantung Negara has upgraded and installed a new Dual Detector Gamma Camera, GE VENTRI SW VERSION: 1.004.040.0 which is a dedicated cardiac system with upgraded software’s that will enable us to acquire images faster and provide additional data that will further assist in this non-invasive cardiac assessment. Institut Jantung Negara is proud to acquire this system in the Asia region thus demonstrating our seriousness in striving to live up to the expectation of being a centre of excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and commitment to offer the very best in cardiac imaging to our patients.