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Facilities and Equipment

PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System)

Our radiology PACS has been online since 1999 and we have been nearly filmless for over 6 years. BIDMC PACS is built on the GE Centricity system. Our widespread PACS access allows us to review studies and make comparisons more quickly, makes distance collaboration with colleagues possible from different sites, and facilitates more advanced computer image analysis. As an educational bonus, the availability of studies via PACS allows for easy exportation of electronic images for creation of electronic teaching files and Powerpoint presentations.

CT (Computed Tomography)

The medical center currently has 7 volumetric CT scanners. These include:

  • 1 x Toshiba A1 with cardiac package (320 detector)
  • 1 x Toshiba Aquilion with cardiac package (64 detector)
  • 2 x GE VCT XT with cardiac package (64 detector)
  • 2 x GE VCT (64 detector)
  • 1 x GE VCT RT wide bore (16 detector)

Our affiliated facilities also utilize two additional scanners (GE Lightspeed 8 and 16), and we will soon be installing a third 64-detector VCT. These multidetector and volume CTs allow optimal scanning conditions for cardiac imaging, virtual colonoscopy, and CTAs.

Ultrasound

Our department utilizes approximately 20 ultrasound machines, including the newest 3D and 4D ultrasound technology. The predominant workforce of the department is currently composed of Philips HDI 5000 and iU22 scanners.

MR (Magnetic Resonance)

Clinical facilities consist of a 8 clinical magnets on site:

  • 2 x Siemens Symphony with Quantum gradients (1.5 Tesla)
  • 1 x Siemens Espree (1.5 Tesla)
  • 2 x GE Signa Excite HDx (1.5 Tesla)
  • 1 x GE Signa Excite Twinspeed (1.5 Tesla)
  • 2 x GE Signa Excite (3.0 Tesla)

Operated in conjunction with the Cardiology department there is also a 1.5 Tesla whole body Philips MRI system, dedicated to cardiac imaging.

One of our 1.5T GE systems is dedicated to clinical and basic research and has the world's first 32 channel receiver system with 32 element coils. An additional 3.0 Tesla GE system is dedicated to research.

Interventional Angiography & Interventional Neuroradiology

  • INR - State of the art new Siemens Artis biplane system with Leonardo work station, 3D and DynaCT capabilities.
  • State of the art Siemens Artis single plane system with Leonardo work station, built-in ultrasound unit, 3D and DynaCT capabilities.
  • Siemens Multistar single plane system
  • Siemens Polystar multipurpose system
  • New Zonare Portable Ultrasound unit
  • Sonosite Portable Ultrasound unit
  • Titan portable Ultrasound unit
  • dedicated IR/INR recovery room
  • dedicated IR and INR outpatient clinic rooms

Nuclear Medicine

The Division of Nuclear medicine has been at the cutting edge of image transfer and data storage technologies since the 1980's. We developed the first facility in the world to become "all-digital" and we have continued to improve and refine our data storage and display technologies. All studies since the late 1987 are online and available for viewing within seconds. We view studies on 52" and 65" LCD panels in a spacious reading room to facilitate group conferences and case discussions.

Equipment in the Division includes a busy GE Discovery PET/CT camera, the first PET-CT in Massachusetts; a Philips SPECT/CT camera, the first in New England; 11 gamma cameras, all with SPECT capability; 10 are dual-headed cameras.

Mammography

Our mammography department utilizes both film-screen and digital mammography, with both GE and Fisher SenoScan Full Field Digital Mammography. Computer aided detection is also utilized on all screening mammograms. Our breast imaging section also performs ultrasound core and stereotactic core breast biopsies.

Radiography

Virtually all radiography is now performed using either CR (computed radiography) or DR (digital radiography), and only the occasional radiograph is now read from film, freeing radiologists from the confines of film alternators.

3D Image Processing

Our department has a dedicated 3D image processing lab, providing analysis and volumetric image processing for clinical examinations. This lab also performs 3D volumetric CT research for the department. Postprocessing of CT and MR data is performed using GE Advantage Workstations as well as the Vital Images Vitrea 2 software. We are also utilizing GE AW Extends Workstation software and are integrating Vital Images ViTAL Connect as well as TeraRecon ("thin client") with our PACS to allow both radiologists and nonradiologist clinicians to analyze and segment volumes from routine desktop computers (rather than dedicated workstations).