HUMC acquires new, safer CT scanner

8/15/2009:

HUMC delivers safer way to diagnose conditions

Only one in Hudson County, NJ!

Hoboken University Medical Center has acquired a revolutionary new technology called the Somatom Definition CT scanner that produces high quality medical images, safely. Unlike other scanners, Hoboken UMC’s CT actively manages the radiation doses in 100% of examinations, blocking unnecessary doses for that particular patient, making it the safest CT scanner in Hudson County. “It’s pretty simple,” remarks Spiros Hatiras, Chief Executive Officer of Hoboken UMC. “Great images. An absolute minimum amount of radiation. Fast. Safe. Accurate.”

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Medical staff members say the Somatom Definition CT will further improve patient care. “It provides a level of flexibility for CT scanning that we have never had before. The technology can be utilized for nearly any kind of exam or condition from stroke, internal organ assessment, to cancer staging, and on any type of patient, according to the needs of the individual,” explains Dr. Kozel, President of Hoboken UMC’s Medical Staff.

READ MORE ABOUT IT – AND SEE VIDEO AFTER THE JUMP!

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Hoboken UMC’s CT scanner’s patient-friendly design has the largest opening and field of view of any scanner on the market, giving even the most claustrophobic patients a quick, reliable diagnosis. When children need a CT scan, this technology delivers high quality imaging with the most minimal exposure to radiation for a prompt diagnosis with a greater degree of protection.

With many CT scanners, physicians can see the structure, size, shape and location of clinical details, but these images can’t answer all diagnostic questions. The Somatom Definition CT has 2D, 3D, and 4D imaging, and provides detailed images and advanced diagnostic capabilities. “Hoboken UMC’s new CT provides additional information that enables doctors to differentiate, characterize, isolate and distinguish the tissue, making it easier to determine the disease,” offers Dr. Bahramipour, Hoboken UMC’s Radiology Medical Director. “The new technology we have adopted in 4D imaging adapts to each patient’s clinical needs and covers the exact area the patient requires. “

Hoboken UMC is committed to improving quality everyday. To schedule a CT exam, or for any further questions patients should call the Imaging Department at (201) 418-3085.

About Hoboken University Medical Center

Hoboken University Medical Center is a 328-bed facility located in the heart of Hoboken. Hoboken UMC recently unveiled a new state-of-the art Emergency Department that delivers more efficient, better care to Hudson area patients. It is the oldest continuing hospital in New Jersey, with some of the area’s best doctors and nurses, the latest in medical technology, and a host of medical specialties to treat people of all ages and ailments. Hoboken UMC holds a Gold Seal of Approval for high quality patient care and safety from the Joint Commission on Health Care, and is a member of the New Jersey Hospital Association.

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9 Comments on "HUMC acquires new, safer CT scanner"

strand tramp
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strand tramp

Q-if the US govt taakes over health care in this country do you think hospitals will make more money or less money? since the taxpayers of Hoboken own this hospital perhaps a few of you mighht want to consider the impact on your taxes if the hospital goes bankrupt.
and BTW, there is a “health-insurance-reform-now” bus that will be traveling the country to visit 11 cities to stage rallies in support of government take over of our health care choices. these events are financed by the DNC and by HCAN. some would call this political party propaganda to push their agenda. but then again others call individual citizens showing up to town hall meetings to ask their politicians about their healthcare “Nazi’s.”
so tell me…who are the Brown Shirts? who are the Nazi’s? the citizens asking for answers from their elected officials, or the party propaganda organizations staging “rallies” across the country to try to nationalize health care against the wishes of the American People?
CAN A SINGLE PERSON SEE THE DIFFERENCE HERE? ANYONE?
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0809/26409.html

matt_72
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Do you remember how many times the US Gvmnt has bankrupted significant portions of the nursing home industry when they arbitrarily decided to cut reimbursement rates? We go through that cycle every few years. It will be the same w/ hospitals (not to mention doctors, lab companies, etc…….)

In response to strand tramp who said:
Q-if the US govt taakes over health care in this country do you think hospitals will make more money or less money? since the taxpayers of Hoboken own this hospital perhaps a few of you mighht want to consider the impact on your taxes if the hospital goes bankrupt.
and BTW, there is a “health-insurance-reform-now” bus that will be traveling the country to visit 11 cities to stage rallies in support of government take over of our health care choices. these events are financed by the DNC and by HCAN. some would call this political party propaganda to push their agenda. but then again others call individual citizens showing up to town hall meetings to ask their politicians about their healthcare “Nazi’s.”
so tell me…who are the Brown Shirts? who are the Nazi’s? the citizens asking for answers from their elected officials, or the party propaganda organizations staging “rallies” across the country to try to nationalize health care against the wishes of the American People?
CAN A SINGLE PERSON SEE THE DIFFERENCE HERE? ANYONE?
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0809/26409.html

rag246
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rag246

They should also buy a helicopter so they can more efficiently transport the medicaid recipients from junion city to their CT appointments.

CalGard
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CalGard

Yes – I like it. That would be another fine decision after a similarly rigorous cost/benefit analysis of the required expenditure. Seriously, what recourse does a hoboken citizen have in holding the unelected rulers of HUMC’s feet to the fire. When the place goes bankrupt so will Hoboken.

In response to rag246 who said:
They should also buy a helicopter so they can more efficiently transport the medicaid recipients from junion city to their CT appointments.

strand tramp
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strand tramp

perhaps we should find out how the decision to buy this machine was voted, and by who? did it go out to cvompetative bid? was the bidding process advertised? which company won? who are the players at this company? who got paid on this contract? what was the criteria for this contract being awarded? how much did the thing cost? considering all the hospitals that have closed in NJ in the last couple years…did you look at a used machine? and finally…ARE YOU PEOPLE OUT OF YOU’RE F#CKING MINDS? WHOMEVER DECIDED TO BUY THIS SHOULD BE PUT AGAINST A WALL AND SHOT IN THE HEAD.

CalGard
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CalGard

Again right on strand tramp. I might not support your actual proposed punishment but the imagery delights. The arrogance of the political hacks running this hospital making such a stupid financial decision putting at risk more of Hoboken taxpayer’s money. The stupidity of the Dr in charge to invite us to sign up for a CT at HUMC. With my dying breath only if they can’t get me to NYC in time.

In response to strand tramp who said:
perhaps we should find out how the decision to buy this machine was voted, and by who? did it go out to cvompetative bid? was the bidding process advertised? which company won? who are the players at this company? who got paid on this contract? what was the criteria for this contract being awarded? how much did the thing cost? considering all the hospitals that have closed in NJ in the last couple years…did you look at a used machine? and finally…ARE YOU PEOPLE OUT OF YOU’RE F#CKING MINDS? WHOMEVER DECIDED TO BUY THIS SHOULD BE PUT AGAINST A WALL AND SHOT IN THE HEAD.

CalGard
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CalGard

I’m a great proponent of new medical technology. But this begs the question – especially considering the financial state of HUMC and Hoboken: Is this a wise use of scarce resources? SOMATOM offers marginal medical improvements and is more suited to leading edge hospitals with good balance sheets of which unfortunately HUMC is not one. These devices are available in NYC.

This development looks like more of the same poor decision making followed by sensationalistic claims we have been used to seeing in Hoboken and Hudson county politics. HUMC is run by retread Hudson county politicians who have never demonstated any true talent except to continue the scam. At the same time Hoboken taxpayers are on the hook, now for a medical device that will not benefit a single one of them.

timetes
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timetes

my first comment would be is it a “Hole /tube” or is it open. My second question is: are the doctors on staff during an emergency able to read the scan? Or do they need a technician to read it.
Most peoples life is in the hands of doctors, Especially in an emergency room, and half of them dont know how to read an exray. Its scary to think that our life in is the hands of a tech.

But other than that, I was really impressed with the lay out of the new emergency room.

In response to CalGard who said:
I’m a great proponent of new medical technology. But this begs the question – especially considering the financial state of HUMC and Hoboken: Is this a wise use of scarce resources? SOMATOM offers marginal medical improvements and is more suited to leading edge hospitals with good balance sheets of which unfortunately HUMC is not one. These devices are available in NYC.

This development looks like more of the same poor decision making followed by sensationalistic claims we have been used to seeing in Hoboken and Hudson county politics. HUMC is run by retread Hudson county politicians who have never demonstated any true talent except to continue the scam. At the same time Hoboken taxpayers are on the hook, now for a medical device that will not benefit a single one of them.

CalGard
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CalGard

It looks like a convention CT scan on which a patient on a bed passes through a donut hole. It has great advantage in imaging parts of the body, especially the heart, which move. Some excellent examples of images here:

health.siemens.com/ct_applications/.../issue_21/download/05_01Science.pdf

The CEO and Hoboken UMC’s Radiology Medical Director present an underwhelming case for the new machine. Their quotes in the article betray their scant knowledge of its capabilities and advantages for patients. I’ll decline their invitation: “To schedule a CT exam, or for any further questions patients should call the Imaging Department at (201) 418-3085.”

I’ll also pray I’m not in Hoboken if my heart starts acting up.

In response to timetes who said:
my first comment would be is it a “Hole /tube” or is it open. My second question is: are the doctors on staff during an emergency able to read the scan? Or do they need a technician to read it.
Most peoples life is in the hands of doctors, Especially in an emergency room, and half of them dont know how to read an exray. Its scary to think that our life in is the hands of a tech.

But other than that, I was really impressed with the lay out of the new emergency room.

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