In the Department of Radiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, board-certified radiologists and nationally registered/licensed technologists provide diagnostic imaging services on both an outpatient and inpatient basis. In addition to having state-of-the-art equipment and extended hours of operation, the Department offers a wide range of imaging exams:
- X-Rays, including fluoroscopy, which we use to generate images of the chest, musculoskeletal system, gastrointestinal system, urinary tract, and other parts of the body. This is the most common diagnostic imaging method. As a spine hospital, we specialize in spine imaging, and we have an EOS unit to perform whole-body and whole-spine exams using low-dose radiation.
- Ultrasound (also called sonography or sono) uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of organs and systems within the body. Our physicians use ultrasound to view blood vessels, pelvic and abdominal organs, and the developing fetus. There is no x-ray radiation used for any of these exams.
- CAT scans (computerized tomography or CT) are cross-sectional images of specific areas of the body. CT generates three-dimensional reconstructions of organs and is used for imaging the brain, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, and the musculoskeletal system. CT angiography (CTA) is available to produce detailed pictures of blood vessels in key areas of the body, using a contrast agent. We perform CT using the 160-row Premium Multi-detector CT system, which delivers the highest image quality available.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and a magnetic field to visualize the structure and function of the body. MRI is particularly useful for imaging neurological conditions, disorders of muscles and joints, tumors, and abnormalities in the heart and blood vessels. The large and spacious imaging suite at Allen Hospital features a state-of-the-art MRI scanner with a large (75-inch) opening bore for the patient's comfort. There is no radiation used for MRI exams.
- Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive substances to examine organ function and structure. It enhances the assessment of the bones, liver, heart, lungs, brain, kidneys, and endocrine system. We use nuclear medicine mainly to clarify issues about organs that cannot be fully assessed using conventional x-ray images.
Radiologists at Allen Hospital are also on staff for NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, one of the country's major medical centers. In addition, each of our physicians is a member of the highly regarded ColumbiaDoctors faculty practice. This means that you can experience the level of exceptional care expected from NewYork-Presbyterian in a personal and accessible environment.