New MRI Technology at Trinitas Regional Medical Center Increases Treatment Options and Screening Capabilities
Trinitas Regional Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health Facility, said it recently increased treatment options and screening capabilities with the addition of new state-of-the-art imaging technology.
The medical center said the new Nadine Brechner interventional radiology suite and a new magnetic resonance imaging machine will increase access to comprehensive care while significantly reducing screening and procedure times for residents of Elizabeth and surrounding communities.
Funded in part by the JC Kellogg Family Foundation and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, the Nadine Brechner Interventional Radiology Suite includes the Siemens Artis Zee, which expands the interventional radiology services offered at Trinitas, providing experts with extreme precision to perform procedures minimally invasive drugs that can diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, including cancer, liver disease, cardiovascular disorders and gynecological conditions.
The new equipment allows radiologists to perform procedures such as angiography, chemoembolization and stent placement, which were difficult with previous technology.
Trinitas radiologists now have the ability to identify blood clots and administer anti-clot drugs to open a blood vessel, saving a limb or even a person’s life. The new technology is also used to identify blood flow to cancerous tumors, allowing radiologists to directly add chemotherapy to destroy the tumor without damaging surrounding organs or tissues. Additionally, doctors can use the new equipment to drain fluid from the lungs or an abscess using stents or tubes to help patients recover faster.
The newly installed Siemens Sola MRI system also extends the hospital’s diagnostic and procedural capabilities and provides radiologists with real-time analysis tools.
Faster exam capabilities reduce routine musculoskeletal exam times by up to 46%, so patients in pain can have their MRI in 15 minutes or less. Additionally, breast exam time is reduced to 30 minutes from an hour, allowing bilateral breast biopsies to be performed in a single visit, instead of two, and reducing wait times for pathology results.
“Recent expansions to our imaging capabilities allow our clinical team to diagnose and treat more conditions by providing patients with high-quality care close to home,” said Gary S. Horan, CEO and President of Trinitas. . “The new technology prioritizes patient comfort and safety with advanced features that significantly reduce procedure time and significantly reduce patient and staff radiation exposure while enabling optimal images.”