Radiology Department

Welcome to the Department of Radiology

Saint Barnabas hosts the most active radiology and imaging services in the state. In the year 2000 over 200,000 radiology and imaging studies were performed at our two facilities while simultaneously achieving remarkable scores in both patient and physician satisfaction.

Most of the credit for our success should go to those dedicated people on the front lines, the 94 technologists, 13 nurses and 69 clerical staff that make up the heart of the department.

Credit is also due to our 20 subspecialist radiologists who have joined Saint Barnabas from the finest programs in the country. We are very proud of the tradition of quality in our department and very excited about the newest members of our physician team who will carry on that tradition. (To read about their credentials, please click on Our Staff.) The department also manages a highly respected radiology residency program that places residents in excellent fellowships throughout the country.

Thanks to a firm commitment from the Saint Barnabas leadership, the Department of Radiology has had the opportunity to acquire new, state-of-the-art technology that has kept our range of capabilities equal to any major university. In 2000, we saw the addition of new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scanners. This is one of many steps taken to ensure Saint Barnabas’ place in the forefront of radiologic technology.

Other initiatives include being one of the first community hospitals to embrace PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) as a way to store and distribute images, as well as the only New Jersey hospital that has completely converted to voice recognition technology. Voice recognition eliminates the time lag caused by typing in order to get results to the referring doctor within hours rather than days. We are also presently testing a Web-based system that will allow physicians to see their patient’s images immediately in their office or home.

The modern radiologist is very active in patient care. From evaluation of breast disease to performance of biopsies, drainages and placement of central venous access lines, our radiologic specialists contribute toward improved medical care as well as decreased length of stay for the hospitalized patient. With technology that grows more sophisticated and powerful each year, we have the ability to diagnose and treat more diseases than ever before.

We will continuously work on developing our web site to encompass all of the areas of radiology offered at Saint Barnabas. For now, if you do not see a service listed but would like additional information, please forward your query to info@barnabashealth.org. Thank you and good health to you and your loved ones.

Sincerely,

Alan J. Garten, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Radiology

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