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Englewood Hospital Expands Imaging Capabilities with New Magnetic Resonance System

Patients Benefit from Latest in Scanning Technology

(Englewood, NJ, May 17, 2012) - Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is now equipped with a new Magnetic Resonance (MR) system, one of the most advanced and powerful diagnostic tools of its kind. Its state-of-the-art-scanning capabilities are designed to improve patient safety and comfort while delivering the highest level of image quality.

“Our new MR scanner offers patients many benefits that were not available before,” said Mark Shapiro, MD, Chief of Radiology at Englewood Hospital. “The larger internal bore of the scanner provides a more comfortable environment, which is very effective for claustrophobic patients. It also reduces acoustic noise, further contributing to patient comfort.”

This ground-breaking technology also expands the range of screening services offered at Englewood Hospital. For the first time, the Medical Center’s highly-trained imaging experts can now perform advanced non-contrast Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Non-Contrast MRA:

A traditional MRA typically requires contrast, or dye, through injection. However, evidence suggests contrast agents can adversely affect patients. The contrast-free option eliminates those risk factors, which is critical in scanning patients with diabetes or compromised kidney function.

“The non-contrast MRA applications are most beneficial to patients with chronic renal failure who previously would have had to receive a potentially dangerous contrast injection to obtain diagnostic results,” explained Dr. Shapiro.

Without the use of contrast, Englewood Hospital can now provide patients with a less invasive exam that is safer, more efficient and more detailed.

A wide range of clinical applications are included in the full suite of non-contrast MRA:

Fresh Blood Imaging (FBI): FBI makes it possible to image the arteries and veins at the same time, but displays them separately, which allows physicians to more accurately diagnose diseases that may have both arterial and venous components.

Contrast-Free Improved Angiography (CIA): CIA is an extension of the FBI technique and produces imaging of small vessels, making it possible to diagnose disease before it manifests in larger vessels. A patient’s prognosis improves when the disease process is identified early.

Time-SLIP: This unique method allows for non-invasive imaging of blood vessels in an organ, especially the arteries to the kidneys. Time-SLIP can be applied to multiple regions of the body and is useful in evaluating the speed and direction of blood flow.

Time Space Angiography (TSA): TSA delivers high resolution images in real-time, showing blood flow in motion. This is especially beneficial for patients whose blood supply to the kidneys is compromised, as well as patients with circulation problems.

Cardiac MRI:

This new capability enhances Englewood Hospital’s top-rated cardiac program, which has been recognized on both state and national levels for medical excellence.

"There is a growing trend for physician preference for using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging to help diagnose challenging heart disease," noted Jeffrey Matican, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Englewood Hospital. “Sometimes only cardiac MRI can give us the answers we need.”

The heart is typically difficult to image, but the advanced system is able to capture clear, detailed images of the heart while it is beating.

The superior quality of the images deliver comprehensive information needed to better evaluate a patient’s heart health, including:

  • Assessment of viable heart muscle after heart attack

  • Diagnosis of suspected inflammation or diseases of the heart muscle

  • Evaluation of tumors inside the heart or diseases of the heart lining

This data allows Englewood Hospital’s medical experts to determine the optimal treatment plan for a patient or assess a patient’s candidacy for certain cardiac procedures, such as bypass surgery.

To learn more about Englewood Hospital’s MR system and other radiologic and diagnostic services, contact Dr. Mark Shapiro at (201)894-3480 or Mark.Shapiro@ehmc.com.

 

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.