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SRMC Foundation Launches Annual Appeal Supporting Breakthrough Imaging Technology

December 8, 2017

The Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) Foundation is announcing the launch of its Annual Appeal, which will benefit the region's patients with the highest clinical quality in medical imaging.

"We are inviting community members to help make a difference in the lives of area patients facing cancer, heart disease, dementia, stroke or other conditions of the brain and nervous system through a gift to this year's appeal, which will support the purchase of a new 3-D PET/CT technology," explained Amy Reed-Manolio, SRMC Director of Development.

Breakthrough in Medical Imaging

The new 3-D PET/CT Scanner was developed by the Siemens Corporation using industry-changing technology, and SRMC has been selected as a national showcase site and the first hospital within a multi-state region to demonstrate its benefits to healthcare providers across the country. Combined PET/CT uses two imaging methods, computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET), to create a 3-D image, enabling physicians to more accurately detect and pinpoint disease in less time and with a lower radiation dose.

"Salem Regional Medical Center has a long-standing reputation for offering the latest breakthroughs in medical imaging, including our state-of-the-art 3-D Mammography, 3-D CT, High-definition Ultrasound and 3T MRI technologies to help diagnose and treat diseases in their earliest stages," said Peter Apicella, M.D., SRMC Chief Radiologist. "The clarity and detail of the new 3-D PET/CT Scanner with leading-edge technology will benefit patients of our region with the most advanced medical imaging available."

At a cost of approximately $2 million, the new scanner will be located in SRMC's Medical Imaging Department in the Fall of 2018. In preparation, facility renovations are planned to house this state-of-the-art equipment, which will replace the hospital's 16-detector CT scanner originally purchased in 2004.

Supporting World-Class Cancer Care

Amy noted that one of the primary uses for the new 3-D PET/CT Scanner will be to support the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients seeking medical oncology and radiation therapy services at the new University Hospitals (UH) Seidman Cancer Center at Salem Regional Medical Center.

"SRMC's strategic partnership with the UH Seidman Cancer Center brings local access to national expertise and the availability of clinical trials, so that patients can remain in their communities and receive support and encouragement from their families and friends, without having to travel a great distance to receive world-class cancer care," she said.

How to Make an Impact

According to Amy, community support of the new 3-D PET/CT technology will significantly expand SRMC's ability to advance excellence in medical care for its patients, especially those seeking diagnosis and treatment for cancer, Alzheimer's disease or other types of conditions related to brain function.

"SRMC's team of specially-trained radiologists and medical imaging staff are well-known among healthcare industry leaders for achieving high quality care through the use of innovative technologies, and our goal is to continue to provide our patients with the best opportunity for positive outcomes," she added.

For information on making a gift to the SRMC Foundation's Annual Appeal supporting the new 3-D PET/CT technology, contact SRMC's Development Department at 330-337-2883 or email foundation@salemregional.com
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