Welcome to Stony Brook Medicine Imaging Services. As Suffolk County’s only academic medical center, one of Stony Brook Medicine’s most important missions is to support the community hospitals and local physicians. Nowhere is this more evident than with imaging, which relies on expensive equipment, ongoing technological updates and highly specialized medical staff. We have invested – and continue to invest – in our community so that everyone in Suffolk County has access to the type of sophisticated imaging modalities typically only found in large urban centers.
For example, Stony Brook was the second hospital in the country to install a 320-Slice CT scanner in the Emergency Room in order to accurately diagnose potential heart attacks. Most recently, we have added a simultaneous PET/MRI machine to our imaging capabilities, and we are among the first sites in the U.S. to offer this technology for clinical use. It is the first PET/MRI on Long Island and only the 10th in North America. With exceptional image quality and diagnostic capabilities, the technology will be used for diagnosing conditions such as cancer and neurodegenerative disease, surgical planning and research. In turn, this will drive us to becoming one of the preeminent molecular imaging facilities in the country.
In addition, we are in the process of building an expanded imaging center dedicated to neurosciences, which will be located in the new Bed Tower adjacent to the Medical and Research Translation (MART) Building.
Most recently, and have opened a new MRI Suite at Stony Brook University Hospital. This $6.3 million project involved installation of a Siemens Magnetom Skyra 3T MRI scanner and a Siemens Magnetom Aera 1.5T scanner. Both are top-of-the-line, open bore machines, which are ideal for patients who have claustrophobia or may be too large for more traditional scanners. Plus, having these scanners right in the hospital offers patients an additional level of convenience and efficiency.
We have also opened the Dalio Cardiovascular Wellness and Preventive Research Center. This Center is dedicated to finding innovative treatment options for patients with and at risk of coronary artery disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, the Center will focus on non-invasive, non-surgical options.
As we grow our program, Stony Brook’s position as an academic medical center will continue to drive the changes. Because imaging is so integral to the three disciplines at the foundation of an academic medical center – research, education and clinical care – we are in a unique position in which one can influence the other. This collaborative approach, along with the cross-pollination of ideas that occurs in a university setting, is how innovation typically happens. Our goal is to make the latest innovations and pioneering technology available to patients sooner, so that we can make a difference in the lives and health of the people of Suffolk County.
It’s an exciting time to be at Stony Brook, and we look forward to providing you with the best medicine has to offer now, and in the future.