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Outpatient Services Guide
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The Valley Hospital
223 N. Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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The Diagnostic Imaging Department is committed to providing the highest quality inpatient and outpatient clinical imaging services. The department is staffed by ten radiologists, all of whom are board certified by the American College of Radiology. The department also employs highly skilled, licensed and/or certified technologists.

The Department is located on the second floor of the Cheel wing and consists of the following sections:

  • Cardiac MRI: The Valley Hospital has acquired a breakthrough diagnostic screening tool for patients with heart failure symptoms. The tool, known as the MARISATM Analysis and Assessment System, utilizes images from cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI). Cardiac MRI utilizing the MARISA Technology is designed to help physicians more accurately determine the most optimal treatment for their cardiac and heart failure patients. Cardiac MRI utilizing the MARISA Technology allows physicians to visualize and assess the health of a patient's heart with great detail and precision, previously unavailable. The unique design of MARISA allows a physician to determine if the patient has had a previous heart attack, the degree of damage and the exact size and location of scar tissue. The blood flow through the patient's heart muscle can be seen and if surgery will be effective in returning blood flow. Following a CMRI scan, physicians will be better able to assess heart failure patients and provide the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): MRI is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create cross-sectional images of your head and body. Your physician can use these detailed, clear images to identify and diagnose a wide range of conditions. Please click here to learn about our MRI Center in Paramus.

  • Computed Axial Tomography (CT Scanning): Computerized tomography (CT, CT scan, CAT scan) is an X-ray technique that produces more detailed images of your internal organs than do conventional X-ray studies. Using CT, your doctor can distinguish between adjacent tissues of similar composition that are indistinct on conventional X-ray images. For example, a plain X-ray of your abdomen will show bones and at best subtle outlines of the liver, stomach, intestines, kidney and spleen. But a CT scan reveals with clarity and precision not only these structures but also the pancreas, adrenal glands, ureters and blood vessels.

  • Radiographic and Fluoroscopic Services (X-ray): X-rays (radiographs) are a form of radiation that can make images of your bones and internal organs. Doctors use X-ray images to help diagnose injury or illness and to monitor conditions such as osteoarthritis and pneumonia. Fluoroscopy uses a continuous or pulsed X-ray beam to create moving images of a working body structure. For this exam, you may consume or be injected with a contrast medium. Doctors can use fluoroscopy to watch the flow of blood through the arteries (angiography) or the movement of the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Barium Enema: The barium enema, or colon X-ray, is used to detect changes or abnormalities in your colon. During the exam, liquid barium, and in some cases air, is inserted into your colon through the rectum. This is done to improve the view of your colon by an X-ray machine. This test allows your doctor to examine your colon for: ulcers, narrowed areas (strictures), polyps, small pouches in the wall (diverticula), cancer, or other abnormalities.

  • Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP): This special X-ray allows your doctor to see an image of your kidneys and lower urinary tract, including your bladder. You'll be given an injection of a special dye (contrast agent) through a vein in your arm. Your bloodstream delivers the dye to your kidneys and ureters as well as to your bladder. The contrast agent makes it easier for your doctor to see any abnormalities or tumors on a series of X-rays.

  • GI Series: The upper gastrointestinal (GI) series uses x-rays to diagnose problems in the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). It may also be used to examine the small intestine. The upper GI series can show a blockage, abnormal growth, ulcer, or a problem with the way an organ is working. Similar procedures performed at Valley include: GI with Air Contrast Series, GI/Small Bowel with Air Contrast Series, and GI/Small Bowel Series.

  • Ultrasound: This technology works by bouncing high-frequency sound waves off of body tissue to form images on a small monitor. Special crystals inside a small plastic device known as a transducer direct these waves (pulses) of sound into the area that's being imaged. During an ultrasound exam, gel is applied over the area being imaged. The gel helps conduct the sound waves and eliminates air between the transducer and the skin. The resulting black and white images can be somewhat hard for the untrained observer to decipher. However, radiologists and ultrasonographers are skilled in reading ultrasound scans and interpreting them to help diagnose certain conditions.

  • Nuclear Medicine: These procedures use tiny amounts of radioactive materials called tracers (radiopharmaceuticals). Tracers are composed of radioactive atoms (radionuclides) attached to specific biological molecules, which are attracted to and accumulate in certain organs and tissues, such as bones. These tracers emit waves of radiation that are detected by a special gamma camera. This camera produces images that are interpreted by radiologists or nuclear medicine specialists.

The Breast Center is located on the first floor of the Cheel wing:

  • Mammography: Mammography is an X-ray of the breasts performed to detect breast lumps when they are too small to be detected by physical examination. These small lumps can be the first finding of early-stage breast cancer.

  • Bone Densitometry: Bone density testing is a procedure conducted to measure the density (mass) of your bones. Other names for this test include bone densitometry and bone mineral density (BMD) test. It is often used to diagnose osteoporosis. If your bone mass is found to be very low, you and your physician can decide on appropriate treatment to prevent fractures before they occur. Bone density measurements also can help monitor the effects of treatment.

The PET Department is located on the first floor of Luckow Pavilion in Paramus.

PET: Also known as Positron Emission Tomography, PET is lifesaving molecular imaging technology that is unsurpassed in the diagnosis and staging of some cancers, as well in the diagnosis of heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological diseases. Unlike MRIs and CT scans, which produce still images of physical structures in the body, PET is revolutionary because it tracks actual metabolic processes and body function, which dramatically distinguish cancerous and other diseased tissue from normal functioning cells.

Please click here for more information on our PET Scanning Services.

For more information on Valley's Diagnostic Imaging Services, please call 201-447-8200 or e-mail us at webinfo@valleyhealth.com.

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