Breaking ground in winter 2013 at Stony Brook Medicine is the Medical and Research Translation Building (MART) and new Bed Tower, the latter of which will house our expanded Imaging Department, including the Center for Biomedical Imaging.
Biomedical imaging is key to the study and advancement of medicine, including basic, translational and clinical research. This Center will include collaboration with partner institutions Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The main focus will be on cancer, infectious disease, neurosciences and regenerative medicine — all areas critical to Stony Brook’s patient population.
In addition, an expanded imaging center will not only allow us to see a greater number of patients daily, but it also will help us work more efficiently and accommodate new technology as it becomes available. The new building will accommodate an additional procedure room, raising the total available for special procedures to five, with the pre- and post-procedure rooms adjacent to give patients better access. The MRI suite will also be housed at this location. It, too, will have an improved, more efficient layout. Highlights include shared control rooms and easy access to the radiology post-procedure room for patients who are sedated during MRI studies.
As the only academic medical center in Suffolk County, we continually invest in the latest equipment, technology, medical software and imaging systems and make them available to both our patients and the patients from local community hospitals who need access to advanced technology. We have developed a collaborative, consultative relationship with other physicians in the community, and our expanded center means we can continue to support these valuable partnerships. We also work closely with manufacturers of the latest imaging equipment, which allows us to obtain leading-edge technology six months to a year before other hospitals around the country typically have access to them. This also means that our physician-researchers become trained on the equipment faster, and become experienced in using the equipment before other doctors in the region.