MONTCLAIR, NJ - HackensackUMC Mountainside celebrated new radiology advancements Dec. 10 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Harries Pavilion. The hospital has recently installed a Siemens nuclear medicine camera, a new dual-purpose radiography and fluoroscopy unit, and in November, a Siemens MRI unit was acquired.

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. 

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.”

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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. 

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.” 

Editor's Note: Hackensack UMC Mountainside Hospital is an advertiser with TAP into Montclair.