NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Performs First Pyrophosphate Scan

Mar 1, 2019

Bronxville, NY

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital’s clinical staff performed the first Pyrophosphate Scan at the Bronxville Community Hospital. The scan is a non-invasive imaging technique used to take clear pictures of the heart.  Using a Gamma Camera, the Nuclear Medicine team initiated the procedure to determine if a patient had cardiac amyloidosis, a disorder caused by deposits of amyloid, an abnormal protein that invades and damages the heart resulting in it not working properly.

“This is a very serious condition and historically there wasn’t much we could to for a patient once amyloidosis was found”, says Dr. Albert DeLuca, a board-certified cardiologist from Columbia, who practices at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. “But, with our research, technological advances, and new drugs on the market to treat this disease, we have elevated patient care and can now save more lives, and give people a new lease on life,” adds Dr. DeLuca.

Columbia researchers received a grant to study cardiac amyloidosis, which helped them pioneer a way to image the heart in search of this abnormal protein.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Founded in 1909, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital has a long and well-established history of providing superior healthcare to the residents of southern Westchester County and its surrounding communities. The 288-bed hospital joined the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network in 2014 and offers a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, a renovated Maternity Department and an Emergency Department providing emergency care to approximately 42,000 people annually. A new, state-of-the-art comprehensive cancer center, accredited by the American College of Surgeons with Commendation, offers infusion, radiation therapy and support services. NYP Lawrence Hospital provides additional support and care to area residents through NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester, a multispecialty physician practice, as well as ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of Columbia University Medical Center. For more information, visit or call 914-787-1000.


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