LEED Gives PET/CT Scan Suite Relaxed Feeling

A new diagnostic facility in Abington Health’s Schilling campus in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, was designed to create “a relaxing atmosphere for patients who may potentially have cancer,” designed and built to LEED standards.

The 2,000 square foot PET/CT scan suite, designed by AHAdams&Company, opened last month and features “state-of-the-art” diagnostic imaging technology–i.e., Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT), tools that allow physicians to pinpoint the location of cancer in the body.

LEED Diagnostic Suite

image via AHAdams&Co.

“We want our new suite to be a tangible example to patients of the care they will receive. We want to convey a feeling of state-of-the-art medicine, in a humane, affirming, uplifting environment,” states Dr. Paul O’Moore, CEO of Montgomery County Advanced Medical Imaging, in a statement.

The design of the suite built upon an existing, smaller area, and worked to optimize natural lighting by situating all of the building’s most occupied spaces near existing windows. The architects took this concept further by introduing natural daylighting into the PET/CT scan room and main corridor via a new “window wall,” allowing for full daylight in all patient areas. The interior finishes in the building are LOW-VOC, benefitting the health of the building’s occupants at a time when they are caring for the potentially fragile health of others.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.