New MRI Technology at Trinitas Regional Medical Center Increases Treatment Options and Screening Capabilities

Trinitas Regional Medical Center, a 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 newly opened Nadine Brechner Interventional Radiology Suite and a new MRI machine will increase access to comprehensive care and significantly reduce 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 is powered by Siemens Artis Zee, which expands the interventional radiology services offered at Trinitas, giving experts pinpoint accuracy to perform minimal procedures. invasive procedures 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, chemotherapy embolization and stent placement, which were difficult with previous technology.

Trinitas radiologists now have the ability to identify blood clots and administer blood-thinning medications to open a blood vessel, saving a person’s limb or even life. New technology is also being used to pinpoint blood flow to cancerous tumors, allowing radiologists to add chemotherapy directly to destroy the tumor without damaging any surrounding organs or tissue. Also, doctors can use the new equipment to drain fluid from the lungs or an abscess with the use of stents or tubes to help patients recover faster.

The recently installed Siemens Sola MRI system also expands the hospital’s diagnostic and procedural capabilities and provides radiologists with the tools for real-time analysis.

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Faster scanning capabilities reduce routine musculoskeletal scan times by up to 46%, so patients in pain can have an MRI in 15 minutes or less. In addition, breast examination time is reduced from one hour to 30 minutes, allowing bilateral breast biopsies to be performed in one visit instead of two, and reducing waiting times for pathology results.

“Recent expansions of our diagnostic imaging capabilities allow our clinical team to diagnose and treat more conditions, 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 dramatically reduce procedure time and significantly reduce patient and staff radiation exposure while enabling optimal imaging.”

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