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Hadassah Scientists in Israel Use New Methods on Heart Disease

Dr. Jack Karpas, deputy director general of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel, revealed today that Hadassah scientists in Israel have developed a new technique for diagnosing coronary thrombosis, using radioactive iodine and a geiger counter to locate heart artery clots. He spoke at the Hadassah mid-winter conference here.

Dr. Karpas declared that while it is known that inflammatory tissues and abcesses attract radioactive iodine, “this is the first time that radioactive iodine has been used on necrotic (damaged) heart muscle. ” He said that while first studies made on “nine heart cases and nine control cases not affected by coronary heart disease have been 100 percent successful, work on this technique is continuing for more extensive confirmation of the initial findings and refinement of the method.”

Special reports on the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center were made to the conference by Dr. Eugene Rosenfeld, consultant to the national board of Hadassah for planning, equipping and activating the $24,000,000 project, and Saul Horowitz, special consultant on the Medical Center to Hadassah, who has just returned from Israel, where he evaluated its building progress. The conference was told that present progress in construction, the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center should be completed before the end of 1960.

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