The Institute for Advanced Biomedical Imaging offers cutting-edge technology in combination with some of the best chest radiologists in the world to provide advanced diagnostics that are central to personalized medicine. Learn about some of our imaging equipment:
CT (computerized tomography) uses X-rays and a computer to create images of bones, blood vessels and internal organs to allow the physician to see organs and soft tissue in greater detail than a standard X-ray. CT is used for detecting a variety of conditions and is widely considered the gold standard in detecting lung abnormalities. All examinations are performed with the lowest possible radiation dose to the patient.
Siemens Somatom Definition Dual Source 64 slice
- Cardiac Imaging - This scanner has two X-ray tubes that revolve around the patient's body, at the same time, thus reducing scan time considerably. This makes it possible for physicians to reliably image the heart including those patients with a faster heart rate.
- Enhanced Imaging Quality - With this scanner, two X-ray sources can be used at the same time. This ensures double the speed at twice the power.
Siemens Definition AS+ 128 Slice
- Reduced Scan Time - With its 128 slices/per rotation, this scanner has a high rotation speed of 300 milliseconds. Because of the high number of detectors, the scanner can acquire more images in a shorter period of time thus reducing the chance of blurriness due to patient movement.
- CTAs- Capable of performing CT angiography (a scan focusing on the blood vessels) in just 4 seconds
- RealTime Fluoroscopy - Can be used for performing fluoroscopy guided biopsies.
- Bariatric Imaging - This scanner also has a high capacity table for scanning heavier patients up to 600 lbs.
Siemens Biograph 40 Slice PET/CT Scanner
This is a CT scan fused with a PET (positron emission tomography) scan. The CT looks at anatomy within the body. A PET/CT scanner detects cells which are hypermetabolic (use more glucose than other cells). Since many diseased cells use glucose at a higher rate than normal cells, this can help determine the presence of cancer, infection or inflammatory conditions. The PET scanner uses crystals which recognize energy levels from certain radiopharmaceuticals, which gives PET its functional/cellular imaging property. These functional images can detect disease earlier than with just a CT scanner, which allows anatomic correlation of abnormal areas of hypermetabolic activity.
A PET scan combined with a CT scan correlates functioning tissue with detailed images, allowing for more accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for patients and is most helpful for detection of cancer, but can also be used in the setting of infection or sarcoidosis/inflammation.
- Enhanced Image Quality - It can provide high resolution, distortion-free images throughout the entire field of view. This improved resolution enables physicians to clearly visualize small lesions, from the center to the edges—a revolutionary benefit unique to Siemens' HD-PET technology.
- Reduced Scan Time - Four ring technology allows for faster acquisition.
- Available Options – Respiratory gating, radiation therapy planning and dual time point imaging can be used to improve image acquisition and diagnostic accuracy.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnet and radio transmitter to take images of internal structures such as the brain, spine, abdomen, heart, joints and blood vessels (MR Angiogram). It does this by interacting and detecting the signals from hydrogen atoms in the body.
Siemens Magnetom Avanto 1.5 Tesla MRI Scanner
- Patient Comfort - This scanner is based on a magnet design with a 60-cm wide ultra-short bore. This is wider and shorter than previously available and along with the unique setting of a full wall of windows, allows for a more comfortable scan for the claustrophobic patient. Acoustic noise has also been reduced by 30 decibels with the new innovative AudioComfort.
- Image Quality and Improved Speed - What makes the Avanto unique is the total imaging matrix technology (Tim) with 18 RF channels. Around the world, Tim has become the new standard in MRI, producing "pristine image quality" and acquisition speeds that break new records.
- Cardiac Imaging - This scanner uses ultrafast techniques to perform cardiovascular imaging of the highest quality, which is not available on most MRI scanners. A cardiac MRI is used to evaluate the structure and function of the heart, valves and major blood vessels.
Nuclear Medicine Cameras
Siemens INTEVO SPECT/CT Nuclear Medicine Scanner
Utilizing a system that combines SPECT and anatomical CT in one, we secure greater scanner capabilities, increase efficiency, and improve diagnostic confidence.
- Reduced Scan Time - This scanner allows images to be captured in half the prior time. A cardiac SPECT can be acquired in about four minutes.
- Enhanced Image Quality - The CT portion of our scanner can be used to perform attenuation correction of radionuclide emission data. Attenuation correction algorithms utilizing CT and iterative image reconstruction techniques have improved the image quality and diagnostic accuracy of SPECT.
- Increased Specificity- Through a more precise characterization of functional findings, we increase diagnostic confidence.
GE Millennium Nuclear Gamma Camera
Nuclear Medicine uses a camera capable of detecting energy levels from patients who have ingested, inhaled or received an injection of a radiopharmaceutical. Many different studies are performed on this camera, including: ventilation/perfusion lung scans, hepatobiliary studies (HIDA), resting gated blood pool studies (MUGA), bone scans, gastric emptying studies, and myocardial perfusion imaging.
Dexa Bone Density Scanner
This is a low dose x-ray machine used to measure the density (the amount of calcium and other minerals) in bones. A DEXA scanner is mainly used to detect and measure the degree of osteoporosis, which is a lack of bone density that makes people more susceptible to fractures.
GE Lunar Prodigy Advance
- Thorough Bone Density Studies - The unit provides for full capability of performing complete bone density studies on the forearm, lumbar spine and proximal femur (hip) as well as vertebral assessments and fracture risk.
Digital General X-Ray
Digital general x-ray can be used to evaluate the entire body: chest, abdomen, hands, legs, feet, spine etc. An x-ray is often the first test done to evaluate many different lung issues, broken bones, abdominal issues, or other problems. The results of an x-ray may indicate more advanced testing is needed such as Ultrasound, MR, or CT.
Konica Minolta Digital General X-ray
- Enhanced Image Quality - With high resolution, direct-capture digital technology, our two general x-ray rooms provide high quality radiographic images.
Digital Portable X-ray
When a patient’s condition does not allow them to be taken to an X-ray room, a portable x-ray machine can be brought to the patient.
- Improved Physician Access - High resolution digital portable x-ray allows the x-ray image to be seen instantly at the bedside. Images are then transmitted wirelessly to allow physician access anywhere in the hospital.
Siemens Luminos Agile Max and Arcadis Avantic Gen 2
Fluoroscopy produces moving x-ray images. It is used to detect gastric reflux, swallowing problems, aspiration, ulcers, bowel obstructions and other conditions
- Optimal Performance - These units provide high quality images for many different types of fluoroscopic studies. For studies such as Tailored Barium Swallows, which show swallowing motion in real time, our TIMS digital recording systems capture detailed video images. Images are obtained at the high frame-rate needed to diagnose subtle swallowing problems which might otherwise be missed.
Siemens Arcadis Avantic Mobile C-arm and GE/OEC 9800 Mobile C-arm
C-arms are mobile fluoroscopic machines, and produce moving x-ray images. They are used to assist physicians performing bronchoscopies in the Minimally Invasive Diagnostic Center (MIDC). Fluoroscopic guidance helps in moving fiberoptic scopes to the correct location in the lungs in order to perform a biopsy.
- Portable and Flexible - These portable units can be moved to any part of the hospital as needed. C-arms also twist and articulate along multiple axes, so they can position the fluoroscopic tube where it’s needed without needing to move the patient.
Ultrasound, or sonography, uses high frequency sound waves to produce gray scale images on a computer screen. It is used to assist physicians in diagnosing a wide variety of diseases effecting soft tissues, internal organs and the vascular system.
Siemens Acuson S2000
Ultrasound at National Jewish Health is most commonly used to examine the liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidney and vascular anatomy. It can be used to evaluate for deep vein thrombosis in the upper or lower extremities, assess the thyroid for nodules and scan the carotid arteries for atherosclerosis.
- Non-invasive imaging – ultrasounds do not rely on radiation to evaluate soft tissues, organs and blood vessels.
- Real-time – evaluation of blood flow, to and from organs and in the blood vessels of the arms and legs is evaluated as it is viewed.