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When it comes to imaging, Stony Brook Medicine has a long history of being a leader and an innovator – and making advanced imaging technology accessible to the community months, sometimes years, before it is widely available elsewhere.

In fact, the birthplace for MRI technology was right here on the Stony Brook University campus in the 1970s, an innovation for which our researcher later received a Nobel Prize. And while today the MRI is one of the most widely used imaging techniques in the world, we walk in the steps of our own history by continuing to bring the most advanced imaging technology to Suffolk County.

This includes being the first hospital in the country to install a 320-slice CT scanner in the Emergency Department in order to quickly and accurately diagnose potential heart attacks. Most recently, we have become one of the first sites in the world to offer the recently FDA-approved simultaneous PET/MRI technology for clinical use. Stony Brook becomes the first site on Long Island to have the simultaneous PET/MRI machine, and the 10th in North America – and most are being used for research purposes. Ours, located in the Lisa and Robert Lourie Imaging Suite, will also be used for imaging and diagnosis of cancer, neurodegenerative disease and psychiatric disorders.

This patient-centered approach to research and technology is a hallmark of Stony Brook Medicine. We are committed to taking innovations “from bench to bedside” as quickly as possible so that patients receive the benefits sooner. At our new Dalio Center for Cardiovascular Wellness and Preventive Research, for example, we are studying breakthrough non-invasive diagnosis and treatment techniques for patients who have or are at risk for heart failure, coronary artery disease and Alzheimer’s disease. During the course of studying it, thousands of patients from Suffolk County participating in this research will have access to this FDA-approved technology.

The other major benefit for patients is how our fluency with the most advanced technology trickles down to even routine x-ray, ultrasound and mammogram screenings. The baseline of Stony Brook’s imaging program is excellence, which translates into more precise images, more accurate diagnoses, early detection of disease and better overall outcomes for patients.