2012-02-10 / Top Stories

SJEH Becomes Radiology Accredited


In St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s nuclear medicine suite, patients lie down and look up at the tranquil scene of blue skies and pink blossoms lit above them. In St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s nuclear medicine suite, patients lie down and look up at the tranquil scene of blue skies and pink blossoms lit above them. The Nuclear Medicine Department of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has been awarded a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology, making it the only accredited program in that field serving the Rockaways and Broad Channel.

St. John’s Chairman of Imaging Paul Dupont, MD, said, “The American College of Radiology accreditation is a peerreviewed, educationallyfocused evaluation process to help assure patients of the highest levels of imaging quality and safety. It documents that St. John’s meets accreditation requirements for equipment, continuing education and personnel. Successful accreditation is a clear indication of the quality of St. John’s Imaging services and demonstrates our commitment to delivering quality patient care. We are very proud of our staff’s accomplishment.” St. John’s Imaging Department also has American College of Radiology accreditations in Mammography (digital mammography), Obstetrical Ultrasound, General Ultrasound and Abdominal Ultrasound.

The Nuclear Medicine Department conducts diagnostic tests such as stress tests, three phase bone scans, “Hida scans,“ lung and gastric scans, as well as therapeutic applications such as nuclear ablations of the thyroid. In 2011, a state-of-the-art nuclear medicine suite was constructed with an advanced GE dual-head camera and Quinton Stress testing equipment. “The pleasant environment, with the luminous ceiling, as well as our exceptionally kind and compassionate staff, puts all our patients at ease,” said Patricia Gillespie, Administrative Director. The Nuclear Medicine suite is staffed by board-certified nuclear medicine radiologists, nuclear medicine cardiologists and by certified nuclear medicine technologists.

St. John’s Imaging Department offers some of the most advanced equipment on the peninsula including digital mammography, a CAD wireless (computerized) system for quicker results and interfacing with physicians, and the newest bone densitometry technology available. According to a spokesperson, “In keeping with our commitment to offering the community quality diagnostics, an advanced magnetic resonance imaging system (MRI) is currently being installed. Anticipated opening will be this spring.”

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