News from Catholic Health Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: April 14, 2010
West Islip – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has invested in an advanced diagnostic system that helps physicians reach confident diagnoses and provide a higher level of patient care. This state-of-the-art scanner provides a high level of diagnostic confidence and up to 40% lower radiation dose for the patient. Good Samaritan Hospital is the first on Long Island with this technology.
Computed Tomography Technology (CT) is the diagnostic exam of choice for people ill or injured, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable through conventional physical examination.
“The addition of this system complements and extends the range of quality diagnostic services that Good Samaritan offers the community,” said Good Samaritan’s Director of Radiology Ralph Corbino.
The system’s advanced image reconstruction technique makes it possible to dramatically reduce radiation dose to patients up to 40 percent without compromising the quality of the image.
“This is especially beneficial for children and young adults who are more susceptible to harm from excessive radiation exposures,” said Good Samaritan’s Chair of Radiology Matthew Rifkin, MD. “It also provides new, in-depth brain and cardiac techniques that make these tests more reliable and enable doctors to have more confidence in their diagnosis.”
For more information about CT services at Good Samaritan Hospital, please call 631-376-4444.
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The Medical Center, which has 4,400 employees and more than 800 physicians on staff, had 30,000 patient admissions and more than 95,000 emergency room visits in 2008. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit our website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provides approximately $30 million in community service and charity care each year. The Medical Center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.