HackensackUMC Mountainside Celebrates New Radiology Upgrades

December 4, 2015 03:54 PM

Staying up-to-date with imaging technology is an important part of HackensackUMC Mountainside’s mission of providing the best possible care to the community, which is why the hospital recently purchased several pieces of next-generation radiology equipment.  These recent upgrades have enhanced the convenience and comfort of imaging exams for patients specifically for nuclear medicine, radiography and fluoroscopy and MRI. 

On Thursday, December 10th at noon, HackensackUMC Mountainside will celebrate these new radiology advancements with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the Harries Pavilion.  Members of the media interested in covering this event are asked to contact Megan Voytus in the HackensackUMC Mountainside Marketing and Public Relations Department, at (973) 429-6964 or megan.voytus@mountainsidehosp.com.

Nuclear Medicine
HackensackUMC Mountainside installed a new Siemens nuclear medicine camera in late summer.  Nuclear medicine introduces small amounts of radioactive material into the body to identify abnormalities in organs and body systems – often used to look for evidence of cancer and heart disease.  “Ours is the latest iteration of the Siemens machine,” says Cathleen Maloney, RT(R), ARRT, MHA, CRA, Director of Radiology and Pain Management at HackensackUMC Mountainside.  “This unit can reveal details of function and structure that other imaging equipment often can’t, possibly preventing patients from needing to have exploratory surgery.”

Radiography and Fluoroscopy
In operation since the end of September, the hospital’s new dual-purpose radiography and fluoroscopy unit is available for fluoroscopy – a test that allows physicians to see organs and body systems in real time on a monitor – during the day and x-rays around the clock.  The spacious design of the new unit can accommodate prospective bariatric surgery patients, and the vertical maneuverability of the table makes it easier for patients with limited mobility to get in position for exams. 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
HackensackUMC Mountainside staff began serving patients using the new Siemens MRI unit in November.  People who tend to feel claustrophobic during MRI exams prefer the new unit – it has a wider, roomier bore than its predecessor.  “Patients also appreciate the speed of this machine, which reduces exam times and allows us to accommodate more appointments,” says Frank Yuppa, MD, RVT, RPVI, Chair of the Department of Radiology at HackensackUMC Mountainside.  “With this unit’s software package, we can perform state-of-the-art cardiac and prostate MRI, two exams that have become much more important in medicine in recent years.” 

About HackensackUMC Mountainside
HackensackUMC Mountainside has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital, part of the Hackensack University Health Network, provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease.  HackensackUMC Mountainside is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about HackensackUMC Mountainside visit www.mountainsidehosp.com



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