VINELAND, NJ (January 27, 2017) – The Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Cumberland County’s leading privately-owned radiology facility, has signed an affiliation agreement with the Department of Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, bringing the skill of Jefferson’s expert radiologists to Cumberland County residents for the first time. The agreement begins on January 30th, 2017.
Under the agreement, radiologic images will be read by Jefferson specialists in such areas as
neurology, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health, among others. The Radiology Department at Jefferson is chaired by Vijay M. Rao, M.D., who specializes in neurologic, ear, nose and throat radiology, and who has been named one of Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Docs for the past seven years.
“We’re excited to be working with some of the world’s best radiologists at Jefferson, including doctors who are sought across the country for their expertise,” said Satish Shah, M.D. of the Center for Diagnostic Imaging. “Our patients now have access to an unprecedented level of specialization right here in Cumberland County.”
“CDI’s state-of-the-art imaging technology and commitment to patient satisfaction makes it a perfect counterpart for Jefferson’s specialists,” said Dr. Rao. “Together, we will offer a formidable health care delivery system unlike any other in the region.”
About Thomas Jefferson University Hospital:
Jefferson University Hospitals and Thomas Jefferson University are partners in providing excellent clinical and compassionate care for patients in the Philadelphia region, educating the health professionals of tomorrow in a variety of disciplines and discovering new knowledge that will define the future of clinical care. Jefferson has topped the list of hospitals in Pennsylvania (3rd) and the Philadelphia metro area (2nd) in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of the best hospitals and specialties. Jefferson’s Sports Medicine Center treats public and private school athletes and numerous collegiate and professional sports teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Philadelphia Flyers, the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team, St. Joseph’s University and several Division II and III universities and colleges. Services are provided at five primary locations: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (the main hospital facility, established in 1825) and Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, both in Center City Philadelphia; Jefferson’s Methodist Hospital and Jefferson at the Navy Yard, both in South Philadelphia; and Jefferson at Voorhees in South Jersey.
VINELAND, NJ (December 28, 2016) – Under a new agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) in Vineland and Upper Deerfield is now approved as a community-based care provider for veterans.
The Veterans Choice Program was created in 2014 to provide community care to veterans when VA services are not available or timely, and to reduce the distances veterans travel to VA facilities. Earlier in 2016, local VA facilities were given the ability to establish local provider agreements with private health care organizations.
“CDI is committed to providing the highest possible level of care to our clients, and we’re proud to serve veterans locally through the Choice program,” said Dr. Satish Shah, Board Certified Radiologist.
Currently, the Wilmington VA has established 36 agreements with community-based providers in the southern New Jersey area, with an additional six agreements being finalized.
“With a renewed purpose, VA is working hard to seek out, establish and expand a robust community network of providers to improve care for veterans,” said Robert Callahan, acting director of the Wilmington VA Medical Center. “VA can’t do this alone; it takes an entire community working together.”read more
VINELAND, NJ (June 30, 2016) – The Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Cumberland County’s leading privately-owned radiology facility, is participating in a new, nation-wide study for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, which could have major impact for Medicare beneficiaries in the future.
The IDEAS study, which stands for Imaging Dementia – Evidence for Amyloid Scanning, began approving dementia specialists in February 2016 and is currently enrolling eligible patients. More than 18,000 Medicare beneficiaries age 65 or older from about 200 locations across the U.S. will be chosen to participate in the next two years by approved neurologists.
The study will use brain positron emission tomography (PET) to scan the brains of patients with mild cognitive impairment or dementia of uncertain cause. Dr. Vipin Gupta in Vineland has been approved as a participating neurologist in the study, and will refer eligible patients to the Center for Diagnostic Imaging in Vineland for scans.
“Neuroscience researchers are working hard to find new treatments and hopefully a cure for Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Ajay Munjal, Board-Certified Radiologist at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging. “We’re eager to help the IDEAS study conduct this vital research and help patients with early detection.”
In 2013, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services decided not to provide coverage for PET scans in patients with dementia, due to the lack of evidence that these scans could diagnose, treat or improve brain function. The IDEAS study could establish that PET scans are useful in detecting amyloid plaques, which are a core feature of Alzheimer’s disease. The IDEAS study is Medicare-approved, and the cost of PET scans will be covered for study participants.
A PET scan involves injecting a small amount of a radioactive isotope, called a tracer, that is absorbed into the body and helps the activity of organs and tissues show up in scans. The radiation only lasts for a short time, and is about the same radiation exposure as a CT scan. Radiologists then examine the brain images for evidence of amyloid plaques, or abnormal clusters of protein fragments, which is the hallmark sign of Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is the most frequent cause of dementia, making up 60 to 80 percent of all cases of cognitive impairment. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease affects about 170,000 people in New Jersey, and that number could rise to 210,000 by 2025.
IDEAS is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and managed by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN). For more information, visit www.ideas-study.org.read more