Keeping Pace with Technological Advances in the Field
|Under the direction of Dr. Harvey Stern, Bronx-Lebanon’s
Department of Radiology has continually kept pace with the rapid
and ever changing technological advances in the field, delivering
a full range of diagnostic imaging services for adult, pediatric,
and ER patients.
The department’s team is utilizing “high-tech” diagnostic equipment, including a new PET scanner for improved
cancer detection and staging, as well as a 64 slice “light speed” CT scanner which allows non-invasive imaging of body organs, such
as the heart, lungs, and liver.
Another important accomplishment for the department is the
acquisition of direct diagnostic X-ray equipment and a digital
mammography system. The X-ray equipment offers increased
accuracy, as well as decreased radiation, especially beneficial to
the pediatric population. The digital mammography system allows
for improved imaging with faster results.
|“All details of a heart can now be
literally scanned in four heart beats and an entire body can be
read in 17 seconds.”
Dr. Harvey Stern, Chairman, Radiology.
| Conversion to a dictation
system, with speech recognition capabilities, has also provided
immediate access (by referring physicians) to images and reports.
Recently, the department put into place a state-of-the-art Radiology
Information System/Picture Archiving Communication System
(RIS/PACS) to electronically integrate its computer and tracking
networks. “Our fully digitized system is allowing for the rapid
reading and diagnosis necessary in the emergency medicine area,
as well as our BronxCare outpatient network,” stated Dr. Stern.
It is noteworthy that the Radiology Department was one of the first
in the New York metropolitan area to become totally “filmless.” In fact, the use of computer workstations to view “filmless” diagnostic studies represents a major breakthrough. Several
clinicians can now view and study radiologic images of a patient
at the hospital, or any of its ambulatory sites, thereby enhancing
quality and continuity of medical care.
“We, the Department of Radiology, consider our role in assisting
physicians in the diagnostic and treatment process essential to
quality health care, particularly in terms of identifying medical
problems at an earlier and more treatable stage,” stated Dr. Stern.