3D Mammography / Tomosynthesis Now Available
Radiology Associates of Ridgewood is pleased to offer our patients a breakthrough technology that revolutionizes how breast cancer is detected today – 3D Mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis. 3D Mammography is the most exciting advancement in breast cancer detection in more than 30 years and Radiology Associates of Ridgewood is the first free-standing imaging center in northern New Jersey to provide this technology.
A 3D mammogram consists of multiple breast images taken in just seconds to produce a 3D image. The radiologist looks through the tissue one millimeter at a time seeing detail inside the breast in a way never before possible making breast abnormalities easier to see, even in dense tissue. It improves the radiologist's ability to detect potential breast cancers by helping to pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities and also enables the radiologist to distinguish harmless structures from tumors, leading to fewer false positives, fewer call-backs and less anxiety for women.
The 3D mammogram is currently performed at the same time as the standard 2D digital mammography and does involve a minimal amount of additional radiation. The additional radiation is well within FDA’s recommended guideline limits for mammography.
Since this new technology has only recently received FDA approval, 3D tomosynthesis is currently not covered by insurance. Patients choosing to have a 3D Mammography will be charged a nominal fee to help offset the costs of offering this new technology. Patients will be required to sign a waiver and pay for this additional exam prior to imaging.
We are pleased to have the continued opportunity to offer our patients the latest innovations in high tech digital imaging and breast cancer detection and proud to be designated as a Breast Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology..
"Ultra Low Dose High Definition CT" At Radiology Associates Of Ridgewood
Radiology Associates of Ridgewood is pleased to announce the first commercial installation of the new GE "Veo" Ultra Low Dose High Definition CT Scanner in the United States. This equipment, recently FDA approved, allows us to perform some CT scans with up to 90% less radiation to the patient. At the same time, it improves image clarity, significantly enhancing our ability to accurately diagnose disease and life-threatening illnesses.
Radiology Associates is now a completely "low-dose" CT facility. Our two CT scanners use between 20 and 90% less radiation than other state-of-the-art scanners, depending on the examination type and the clinical indication. Lowering the radiation dose is especially important for:
- Younger patients, who may be more susceptible to radiation induced injury;
- Patients with medical conditions that are expected to require multiple follow up CT scans, such as cancer, lung nodules, kidney stones, aortic aneurysms, and Crohn's Disease.
Our NJ Radiologists are board certified and have significant formal subspecialization within the field of diagnostic radiology providing the expertise needed to fully take advantage of ongoing innovations in modern diagnostic imaging. This approach achieves the highest standard of care to meet the demands of our special-interest referring physicians, and leads to the delivery of exceptional quality services for our patients.
From left to right: Glenn Krinsky, M.D., Elliot J. Lerner, M.D., Lauren Levy, M.D.,Jaclyn Calem-Grunat, M.D., Louis E. Rambler, M.D., Not Present: Jonathan Smith, M.D., Edward Lubat, M.D. Ronald Arams, M.D., Howard Seigerman, Dawn Lazarus, M.D., Kyung-Hwa Rhee, M.D., Jill Zimmerman, M.D., Karen J. Rybak, M.D., Joseph Platnick, M.D., Stephen W. Chang, M.D., Scott D. DeGregorio, M.D., Keith F. Dockery, M.D.
Radiology Associates has long been heralded as a forerunner in their field. Their breakthrough technology is matched only by their renowned staff of 17 board certified physicians. Dr. Howard Seigerman, a Diplomate in Diagnostic Radiology, explains, "Because each member of our radiology team is a recognized authority in their respective subspecialty, we are able to render the best possible diagnosis and, as a result, the best treatment options." Radiology Associates' equipment rivals that of leading academic institutions across the nation. Their free-standing imaging facility is the first in northern New Jersey to offer recently FDA-approved Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D Mammography. It enables the radiologist to look through the breast tissue one millimeter at a time, thus helping to pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. The center also boasts the first commercial installation of the new GE "Veo" Ultra Low Dose High Definition CT Scanner which reduces radiation exposure by up to 90 percent, depending on the examination type and the clinical indication. Other services include MRI, Ultrasound, Digital X-rays, Bone Densitometry, Digital Fluoroscopy, Digital Mammography and Breast Ultrasound, plus Stereotactic, Ultrasound and MRI Guided Breast Biopsy. The results are usually forwarded to the patient's doctor the very same day. Radiology Associates has also earned their outstanding reputation because of a strong emphasis on patient care and compassion. This is clearly evident from the first welcoming smile at the reception desk and continues throughout the entire process. Dr. Seigerman says, "We firmly believe in a team approach."
Congratulations to our 2012 Castle Connelly Top Doctors
From left to right: Glenn Krinsky, M.D., Elliot J. Lerner, M.D., Lauren Levy, M.D.,Jaclyn Calem-Grunat, M.D., Louis E. Rambler, M.D., Not present: Edward Lubat, M.D.
- Radiologists with Subspecialized Expertise
- Breakthrough technology including Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D Mammography – which makes abnormalities easier to see, even in dense breasts
- Cutting Edge Equipment including the GE "Veo" Ultra Low Dose CT Scanner – which reduces radiation emission up to 90 percent depending on the examination and clinical indication
- Compassionate, Knowledgeable Staff
Radiology Associates of Ridgewood provides a full range of outpatient imaging services including: MRI, Low Dose CT, Radiology (X-ray), Fluoroscopy, Digital Mammography with Computer Aided Detection and Breast Tomosynthesis, Interventional Breast Biopsy, Ultrasound and Bone Density.
The patient is always the main focus at Radiology Associates of Ridgewood. That is why the practice invests steadily in breakthrough technology and in recruiting the very best physicians and staff available.
"The medical field has become so specialized that we take the time and effort to handpick radiologists who can render optimal interpretations and care in each of the sub-specialties," states Dr. Howard Seigerman, who is also Director of Diagnostic Imaging at The Valley Hospital. Each of our 17 physicians is a recognized authority in their respective radiology subspecialty.
Radiology Associates is also innovative in its approach towards patients. From a welcoming smile at the reception desk to interaction with the technologist, there's a prevailing feeling of understanding and caring. Dr. Seigerman, who specializes in neuroradiology, concurs: "We firmly believe in a team approach."
Radiology Associates' equipment rivals that found at leading academic institutions across the tri-state area. It is the first freestanding facility in northern New Jersey to offer 3D Mammography that is capable of taking multiple breast images within seconds. It is also the site of the first commercial installation of the GE "Veo" Ultra Low Dose CT scanner that reduces the level of radiation by up to 90 percent. Other services include MRI, Ultrasound, Digital X-rays, Bone Densitometry, Digital Fluoroscopy, Digital Mammography, Breast Ultrasound, and Stereotactic, Ultrasound and MRI Guided Breast Biopsy.
Taking full advantage of the latest innovations, Radiology Associates of Ridgewood recently became the first commercial installation in the United States of the "VEO" Computed Tomography (CT) scanner. This FDA approved scanner and reconstruction algorithm system boasts a reduction of up to 90 percent in the CT radiation dose, while improving image quality.
Although half of the radiation tallies to the general population are derived from natural sources like the sun and the soil, the vast remainder arises from medical use, primarily imaging equipment, with CT scanning accounting for roughly 50 percent.
Addressing the concerns that have surfaced in both lay and medical circles regarding the potential dangers of radiation, Radiology Associates has become a completely "low dose" CT facility, taking the final step by implementing the latest "VEO" technology to ensure the added safety of its clients.
Reducing radiation dose is particularly beneficial to younger patients, and those individuals requiring multiple follow-up CT studies. This includes patients suffering from cancer, lung nodules, urinary stone disease and aortic aneurysms, according to Dr. Edward Lubat, managing partner of Radiology Associates for the past 11 years. In addition, the "VEO" technology is applied to CT studies that typically involve higher radiation doses such as CT angiography and CT Urography.
A forerunner in the field, Radiology Associates boasts cutting-edge technology such as digital mammography, breast ultrasound, stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI guided breast biopsy, MRI, general ultrasound, digital X-ray, bone densitometry, and digital fluoroscopy, in addition to the low dose CT scanners that are capable of capturing images of the heart and coronary arteries within five heartbeats.
"We are continually striving to keep abreast with the latest technology, and were already in negotiations when GE informed us that the FDA had approved the 'VEO.' Naturally, we jumped at the opportunity. To get the word out to area doctors, we hosted a series of open houses and will be happy to field any further requests for more detailed information," Lubat says.
"Aside from the equipment, our most important asset, however, is our board certified staff of 17 physicians, who work out of both The Valley Hospital and our Waldwick office. Each is a recognized authority in their respective Radiology subspecialty."
Dr. Lubat, who completed his Radiology residency at New York University School of Medicine with additional training in Nuclear and Abdominal Radiology, continues, "Radiology has made such tremendous strides in recent years, that it's virtually impossible for any one person to keep up with all the various developments and advancements. Having a staff of doctors with the full spectrum of training in so many subspecialties enables us to render an expert opinion thus insuring the best possible care, treatment, and outcome for each patient."
Now Offering Digital Mammography in NJ
Women who undergo mammograms at Radiology Associates of Ridgewood New Jersey now have the latest generation of diagnostic technology available to them -- digital mammography.
Digital mammography allows high resolution images of the breast to be viewed by radiologists and also offers a unique ability to enhance certain areas of the breast. On a computer following the mammogram, a radiologist can magnify the image, increase or decrease contrasting shades, and invert black and white values while reading the images. These image enhancements improve diagnostic potential and limit radiation exposure.
To supplement this technology, we have incorporated digital Computer-Aided Detection (CAD). Digital CAD highlights characteristics commonly associated with breast cancer. When activated, it flags abnormalities to help a radiologist detect early breast cancer.
The cutting-edge digital technology is called the Selenia™ digital mammography system from Hologic, Inc. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 201-445-8822.
Radiology Associates of Ridgewood has been designated as an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This designation is given to Centers that demonstrate excellence in all phases of breast imaging,including mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, and ultrasound guided breast biopsy. We are very proud to be one of the few centers in Northern New Jersey to achieve this designation. This designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence is a tribute to our outstanding mammography staff, who continue to maintain high standards, combined with a caring, personal and compassionate approach towards your patients’ needs.
Radiology Associates has recently acquired Siemen's Axiom Luminos dRF fluoroscopy system. We are proud to be one of the first imaging centers in North America to offer a remarkably convenient and efficient system designed for the complete spectrum of patient profiles. The system combines digital fluoroscopy, a dynamic way to evaluate body function such as the esophagus during swallowing ,with digital plain radiographs, the equivalent of the modern day x-rays. Ease of use, Image quality, Radiation reduction and DICOM capability make this system a perfect match for our patients.