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.”