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NEWTON, NJ, APRIL 2012 – Newton Medical Center has recently opened a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner and is now accepting outpatient appointments in addition to providing diagnostic scanning for hospital inpatients.
The new wide-bore MRI delivers both remarkable image quality and high productivity. Its 1.5T field strength is the industry’s best known and most-used. With patient comfort in mind, Newton Medical Center’s MRI has a 70cm bore diameter, the widest bore opening available, and a 50cm field of view, the longest image range for taller patients.
MRI diagnostic scanning uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI gives more detailed information about structures in the body than can be seen with an X-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT) scan. Doctors may order MRI scans to help diagnose multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, torn ligaments, tendonitis, cancer and strokes, for example.
“The new MRI Suite is part of the 2012-2013 facility investment and improvement plan for Newton Medical Center,” said Joe DiPaolo, Director of Operations at Newton Medical Center. “The new Suite provides a calming patient environment with leading edge technology.”
The MRI Suite at Newton Medical Center is a 1,350 foot, two-story addition that includes a Family Waiting Area, MRI Control Room, MRI Equipment Room, Patient Interview Room, Outpatient Holding Room, Inpatient Holding Room and Medical Prep Room. The MRI Room, itself, includes exterior windows so that patients will see natural light from outside while undergoing the diagnostic scan. Also, patients may listen to their own iPod or MP3 player while in the MRI.
The Newton Medical Center MRI Suite is open 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Patients with a prescription for MRI from their personal physician may schedule an MRI outpatient appointment by calling 973-579-8700.
Newton Medical Center was recently named the #1 hospital in New Jersey among hospitals with 350 beds or fewer, by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., one of the nation’s most respected health care research and information companies.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.
Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.
Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.