Saint Louis University

Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics Workstation at Saint Louis University

The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics (MIRT) received a syngo® Molecular Imaging Workplace from Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program.

The syngo® Molecular Imaging Workplace is a computer workstation where diagnostic images are processed into actionable information for physicians. The system includes the newest generation of sophisticated and intuitive imaging software for Nuclear Medicine, and it can accommodate images from other modalities such as X-ray, MRI, and CT.

This gift brings real-life experience into the classroom. According to William Hubble, MIRT Department Chair and Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Director, "These workstations reflect the level of technology being used in the clinical setting right now. Typically, students receive theoretical training in the classroom, followed by hands-on training once they begin their clinical rotations. Now that we have this system, we have the opportunity to provide enhanced education and training for students in the classroom prior to their clinical placements, making them ready to go from day one.”

The workstation also provides students with the opportunity to practice on real patient data rather than simulated data. Images from local hospitals are anonymized and converted into digital teaching files for student learning.

For Ross Frye, adjunct instructor in the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program, this workstation will have a major impact on course design and content. "The Nuclear Medicine Information Systems course will now be able to move away from theory-based PowerPoint style lectures to become a new state-of-the-art, interactive applications class. As an instructor with Siemens syngo® training, I will be able to integrate this system into the classroom and teach the students the nuclear medicine applications they will need to be proficient before they go into the clinic."

This gift is the culmination of extensive collaboration between Siemens and department faculty. Following initial efforts from Mr. Hubble and Mr. Frye, the workstation was ultimately secured thanks to diligent efforts from Steve Sievers, Development Director for Doisy College of Health Sciences.