First Epileptic Patient Undergoes PET Scan at Winthrop's PET Imaging Center

Vol. 12, No. 2
August, 2002

  • Winthrop�s New Radiation Oncology Center Offers Most Advanced Technology and Outpatient Treatment in Region Provides
    Patients with Quick, Targeted Treatment

  • Winthrop Surgeons Offer New Hope for People with Morbid Obesity

  • Winthrop�s Orthopedic Surgeons Provide Access to New Type of Relief for Knee Pain
    Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedure May Help Those Slowed Down by Osteoarthritis

  • Comprehensive Neurological Intensive Care Unit Opens at Winthrop
    New Unit Provides Patients with Advanced Monitoring Technology

  • Biofeedback Therapy Offers Patients at Winthrop Control Over Their Own Health

  • Allergy Sufferers - Prepared for Allergy Season?

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  • Winthrop�s $6.6 Million Emergency Department Renovation and Expansion Project Continues to Move Right Along

  • Plans for Multi-Faith Chapel in the Works as Winthrop�s Pastoral Care and Education Program Continues to Reach out to Patients

  • First Epileptic Patient Undergoes PET Scan at Winthrop�s PET Imaging Center

  • Latex Allergies a Big Concern
    Winthrop Requests, �Leave Latex Balloons Home�

  • Healthcare with a Smile - It�s the Personal Touch that Makes Winthrop Welcoming and World Class

  • Life and the Human Spirit Celebrated at Cancer Survivor�s Day

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  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals Donates $10,000 to Winthrop�s Emergency Services Program

  • Sleep Disorders Center at Winthrop Achieves AASM Reaccreditation

  • 78th Annual Meeting of Winthrop-University Hospital�s Auxiliary Recounts a Year of Many Successes

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  • At the age of two, Casey Timlin was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. Over the years, her seizures have grown in frequency and intensity. Now 10, Casey, who is under the care of Vijaya Atluru, MD, Director of Pediatric Neurology, was the first patient at Winthrop to undergo a PET scan of her brain to identify the source and cause of her seizures.

    Dr. Atluru and Ravikumar Johnson, Lead PET Technologist, prepare Casey for her PET scan.
    Dr. Atluru explained that after a number of EEG's and an MRI did not clearly pinpoint the abnormalities present in Casey's brain, she knew a PET scan was her best option.

    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a powerful imaging technology that, in this case, helped the neurologist localize the seizures. While the MRI detected an abnormality, the PET scan clearly marked the location in Casey's brain with increased activity (i.e. seizures).

    While PET technology has been used on few children in the past, Dr. Atluru says, "The PET scan, more than any other imaging technique, certainly helped us to understand Casey's condition. The scan enabled us to identify the "hotspots" in the brain that were the source of Casey's seizures, leading us toward new treatment options including further evaluation for surgery."

    For more information on PET, call the PET Imaging Center at Winthrop at 516-663-2300.

    For more information on Winthrop's Long Term Home Health Care Program, call (516) 663-8050.

    Latex Allergies a Big Concern
    Winthrop Requests, �Leave Latex Balloons Home'

    Latex allergies are a serious health risk for three to six percent of the general population, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and 10 to 17 percent of all U.S. health care workers have some level of sensitivity. So, the next time you visit a friend or family member in the Hospital, Winthrop requests that you leave the latex balloons at home.

    Winthrop's in-house Latex Task Force has been working proactively for over three years to ensure maximum Latex-safety for patients, medical practitioners and employees and has seen incidents of allergic reactions to latex increase significantly in recent years.

    Latex balloons are now prohibited anywhere in the Hospital to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff who may be allergic to latex. Winthrop asks that visitors substitute Mylar or foil balloons for latex balloons.

    "Latex balloons are dangerous because they contain large amounts of the allergen protein as well as powder which adsorbs latex protein," said Luz S. Fonacier, MD, Section Head, Division of Allergy and Immunology and chairperson of the Task Force. "The latex allergy can be airborne. If a latex-allergic individual inhales the powder, respiratory distress and/or anaphylactic shock can occur."

    The amount of latex exposure needed to produce symptoms is unknown, but the symptoms can begin within minutes or take hours after exposure. Mild reactions include skin rashes or itching. More severe reactions can include runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, scratchy throat and difficulty breathing, coughing spells and wheezing.

    Through the efforts of the Latex Task Force, non-sterile powdered Latex gloves were totally eliminated in 1999 at Winthrop, without compromising the Hospital's full compliance with the requirements of universal precautions. The Latex Task Force is a group formed under the domain of Winthrop's hospital-wide, ongoing Continuing Quality Improvement (CQI) project, which seeks to enhance the Hospital's superior quality and service.

    For more information about latex allergies, call 1-516-663-0333.

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