Long Island Jewish Hospital First in Country to Use New Imaging Technology | Herald Community Newspapers
Earlier this year, Valley Stream Long Island Jewish Hospital, a Northwell healthcare facility, became the first in the country to use new imaging technology that provides improved patient care and streamlines the imaging process. diagnoses with better outcomes for patients, according to hospital officials. The LUMINOS Lotus Max is a remote controlled two-in-one x-ray and fluoroscopy imaging system that allows medical staff to perform two traditionally separate imaging tests with a single machine and quickly switch between them in a truly integrative fashion.
The machine’s x-ray component provides still x-ray images of structural damage to the body such as fractures, while the fluoroscopy component provides something like x-ray film, presenting a moving two-dimensional image of the body’s internal systems to work for. help determine when and where to stop working, such as gastrointestinal and esophageal problems, including swallowing and speech problems.
“So, for example, you drink an x-ray visualized liquid called barium, and we’re actually able to see it go through your whole system. It’s usually to see if you’re having trouble swallowing, ”said Sean Maraj, director of imaging services.
But the technology goes beyond saving patients on imaging appointments and improving the speed and image quality of their test results. The system is an innovation in “patient-centered” care, according to Maraj, in its ability to “reduce radiation without compromising any clinical outcome” while preserving excellent imaging quality through its advanced software. “In older technologies, if you reduce the radiation of a procedure, you sacrifice the quality of the imagination; that compensates for that.
“Plus, because the machine works remotely, medical staff no longer need to be in the room and be exposed to unnecessary radiation,” Maraj said. “They can stand outside in a control room and navigate the machine using the remote controls, looking at the monitor, whereas traditionally in the past they had to put on a lead suit and be there with the patient,” this is no longer the case.”
The improvements go even further. Accommodations previously not possible for bariatric surgery patients – those being treated for obesity – are now made possible by seemingly simple, but overall important changes. “The LOTUS machine has the ability to open more than most. Since bariatric patients usually have a large patient bed or stretcher, they can fit perfectly into this machine without any discomfort, ”said Maraj. Now, aside from the hospital’s weight loss wound care program, “our weight loss patients can do their x-rays here, rather than going elsewhere, better serve them through a one-stop shop, so to speak.”
The x-ray table option can also “go much lower than most tables, which is a great choice for older patients with injuries or vertical issues who are unable to jump to the table.” This table can actually drop down to the floor, so they can easily swivel, turn around and sit down.
Because the machine covers such a wide range of examinations and diverse patient types, it has quickly become the reference room for technologists and medical staff and has served the health needs of an equally diverse community well. Valley Stream. and the surrounding area. “We serve patients of all ages, all demographics and a variety of underlying clinical issues. The hospital has reached a record number in terms of the volume of patients treated for x-ray imaging. “Maraj said:” … with the hospital doing an average of 750 exams per month on this machine alone. ”
As to how the hospital could have been the first to acquire this machine, Maraj added: “We were already in talks with Siemens to obtain a new one. [radiology] piece here… Under the guidance and direction of our Executive Director, David Seligman, and a representative from Siemens as well as myself… we negotiated for their new machine, and at that time they recently got [the LUMINOS Lotus Max] FDA approval for this, so the stars aligned and we became the first. ”
The machine became usable at the hospital in July and has been serving patients ever since. “It’s not often that you hear about a community hospital being the first to get something in the country, so the fact that we were and the fact that Siemens was more than happy to oblige and have us as a first installation, we are really grateful for this, ”said Maraj.