State-of-the-Art Radiological Equipment
At Saint Michael’s Medical Center, it is the combination of a well-trained,
experienced and proficient radiological team – including the skilled
professionals from University Radiology – along with the most accurate
and up-to-date medical devices that combine to provide the high level
of diagnostics and treatment for which the hospital is known.
Here are just a few of the top-of-the-line radiological systems now in
use at Saint Michael’s to help physicians provide the highest grade
of healthcare currently available in the region:
ZS3 Premium Ultrasound System
Saint Michael’s recently purchased two ZS3 systems from Zonare that
are used to perform both vascular and general sonograms. The high-frequency
imaging of the system provides expanded penetration, especially in the
abdomen region. This allows technicians to better visualize potential
abnormalities in such organs as the liver, spleen and bowel – even
in patients who are difficult to image. In addition, the ZS3’s enhanced
data acquisition and management software can collect images up to 10 times
faster than conventional ultrasound systems.
160-series Aquilion Prime Computed Tomography Scanner
Providing technicians with optimized images using minimum radiation dosages
and offering patients maximum comfort, this new CT scanner from Toshiba
was installed in the
Emergency Department at Saint Michael’s as part of the ED’s recent $30 million
renovation. The scanner takes 160 images – called slices –
per rotation and can display them almost instantly for immediate review
and diagnosis. Aquilion Prime employs dose-reduction and image-processing
software to produce the highest-quality images with the lowest-possible
levels of radiation. With a 660-pound weight capacity and a couch width
of 18½ inches, the scanner is ideal for hard-to-image bariatric
and emergency room patients.
ATEC Breast Biopsy and Excision System
Described as a “patient-focused, physician-inspired” device,
the ATEC system from Hologic allows the physicians and technicians at the
Connie Dwyer Breast Center to perform computer-guided breast biopsies safely and quickly with minimal
patient discomfort. The system can take a unique core – or tissue
sample – every 4½ seconds and can complete the acquisition
process in less than 30 seconds. As a fully closed system, contamination
risk is greatly reduced and all tubing used in sampling is disposable.
Also, the ATEC automatically delivers a dose of anesthesia as each core is taken.
Selenia Dimensions Breast Tomosynthesis System
Currently in use at the Breast Center, this state-of-the-art breast imaging
device – also from Hologic – allows technicians to shift between
standard two-dimensional mammography mode and higher-resolution, 3D tomosynthesis
imaging. The device also has a “combo-mode” in which both
types of images are created from the same breast compression. In tomosynthesis,
multiple images taken simultaneously from different angles are reconstructed
into a 3D image of the breast. The technology eliminates the effects of
tissue overlap, which can cause false positives or miss critical abnormalities.
To learn more about the Saint Michael’s Medical Center Medical Imaging
Department, please call (973) 877-5290. To schedule a procedure, call
(973) 465-2792. To obtain test results, call (973) 877-5191.