Head_Nuclear Cardiology
Message from the Lab Director
The Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac Stress laboratories are committed to the improvement of life by the expert diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, by teaching and by research. The laboratory has 3 state-of-the-art SPECT camera, Siemens E.CAM, SPECT/CT (Phillips Precede, 16-slice CT) and a new cardiac nuclear imaging system (CZT GE Discovery 530) In addition the lab utilizes a PET camera ( Siemen's Biograph 40) for cardiac PET studies.

Columbia University Medical Center is one of six centers in the United States to use a new cardiac nuclear imaging system.  Rather than the two crystals used in older cameras, this high-speed, high resolution camera incorporates 19 solid-state cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) detectors to drastically reduce imaging time and radiation exposure while improving image quality compared to previously used technologies.  This new diagnostic tool, in conjunction with our state-of-the-art nuclear stress imaging center, is of tremendous benefit to all the patients we serve.  In addition the lab utilizes a PET camera (Siemen's Biograph 40) for cardiac PET studies.

We also have a state-of-the-art hybrid SPECT/CT system. This system provides us with the ability to perform CT-based attenuation correction, allowing us to correct artifacts such as those caused by breast, diaphragmatic, and soft-tissue attenuation. In many cases this can obviate the need for patients to undergo unnecessary further testing such as invasive angiography. SPECT/CT also allows us to perform coronary artery calcium scoring.

Our nationally recognized highly qualified team has years of experience in diagnosing patients using nuclear imaging. All of our physicians are board certified in nuclear cardiology and our facility is ICANL certified.

  Sabahat Bokhari, M.D
  Director of Nuclear Cardiology


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