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HEADLINE NEWS: AMI Offices Closing Due to Snow - 1/7/17 [LEARN MORE]AMI Family Cookbook [LEARN MORE]Ella Health Is Now AMI [LEARN MORE]Introducing the MAGNETOM Aera MRI [LEARN MORE]8th Annual Tools For School Drive [LEARN MORE]

AMI Offices Closing Due to Snow - 1/7/17

All Atlantic Medical Imaging Offices will close at 1:00pm today, Saturday, January 7th, due to the snow storm. Have a safe weekend!

Published: 2017-01-07


AMI Family Cookbook

All of us here at AMI think of each other as members of one big family. So, for the first time ever, we created the AMI Family Cookbook! Filled with our employees' favorite family dishes, this cookbook has so many different recipes from soups to desserts and a whole lot of extras!

We'd love to share this book with you, so we're making it available for purchase! The books cost $8 each or 3 for $20. All profits will benefit the AMI Foundation.

If you'd like to purchase an AMI Family Cookbook, please contact Desirree Palumbo at 609-677-9442.

Published: 2016-11-30


Ella Health Is Now AMI

Ella Health is now AMI

Atlantic Medical Imaging is pleased to announce the expansion of our women’s imaging services.
TOMS RIVER WOMEN’S IMAGING CENTER
222 Oak Avenue, Suite 100, Toms River, NJ 08753


EXPERTISE.
AMI’s team of breast imaging specialists are all fellowship-trained and
committed to providing the most accurate and timely diagnostics.

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED.
AMI facilities are designated Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence
by the American College of Radiology.

CARING PROFESSIONALS.
Our team of experienced technologists are all certified and committed
to providing the highest level of compassion and care.

RESPONSIVENESS.
The results of your imaging study are reported to your physician within days. Should you need prior films and reports, let AMI obtain them for you. Just call us and we’ll do the rest.

CONVENIENCE.
AMI provides a comprehensive range of breast imaging services from screening mammography to minimally invasive breast biopsy. For your convenience, we offer evening and weekend appointments.


To schedule your appointment, please call (732) 223-XRAY (9729), or schedule online at ami.opendr.com

Published: 2016-11-09


Introducing the MAGNETOM Aera MRI

The 1.5T MAGNETOM Aera offers a more spacious exam for all  patients. The Open Bore design can help reduce anxiety and its speed means faster exams, resulting in a more comfortable experience for patients and faster results for your doctor.

 

GREATER DIAGNOSTIC CONFIDENCE

The MAGNETOM Aera provides diagnostic confidence with high-quality 1.5T images and a range of clinical applications that can help your doctor respond to treatment earlier than ever before.
 

FASTER EXAMS

Advanced technology provides patients with a faster and more efficient MRI exam.
 

QUIETER EXAMS

Whisper Mode advanced noise reduction technology contributes to a quieter MRI exam for patients.
 

ENHANCED PATIENT COMFORT

The MAGNETOM Aera has a 70cm Open Bore design which helps reduce the closed-in feeling of traditional MRIs. Accommodates patients up to 550lbs. Additionally, the short magnet allows for many exams to be performed with your head outside of the system.

 
For more information, please call (732) 223-XRAY (9729)

Published: 2016-11-07


8th Annual Tools For School Drive

July 25 - August 19

Many New Jersey children face the prospect of arriving at their first day of school this September without the most basic of school supplies. In order to address this, the AMI Foundation is launching its 8th Annual “Tools For School” supply drive, now through August 19th.
 
There are many children right here in our own communities who are not properly prepared for their return to school, simply because they lack the basic supplies like pencils and paper. We invite the community to join us in donating much-needed school supplies, and thus help provide these children with an equal opportunity at a quality education.
 
The AMI Foundation has placed blue collection baskets in the reception areas of all eleven AMI office locations in Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The list of requested school supplies includes pencils, erasers, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, crayons, colored markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, highlighters and soft pencil cases. Many of these supplies can be purchased at deep discounts at the area’s large retailers, such as WalMart and Target.
 
As in years past, the AMI Foundation has also purchased book bags to accompany the school supply donations. Once the drive is complete, the collected supplies and book bags will be delivered to elementary schools throughout the area in late August. To date, the AMI Foundation has donated nearly 2,000 book bags to area school children in need.

 

Published: 2016-08-29


AMI Begins Participation in World’s Largest Brain Amyloid Scanning Research Study

News Release (Click here to download Press Release)

 

May 12, 2016

For Immediate Release                                                                                 

Contacts: Rodger Gottlieb/RLG Associates • (609) 573-5815 • rodgergottlieb@yahoo.com

                 Carla Wyatt/AMI • (609) 652-8316 • cwyatt@atlanticmedicalimaging.com

                    

AMI Begins Participation in World’s Largest Brain Amyloid Scanning Research Study

Nation-wide IDEAS Study to determine clinical value of PET scans in Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.

Galloway, NJ – Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI) has been selected to participate in the world’s largest brain amyloid scanning research study. The IDEAS (Imaging Dementia – Evidence for Amyloid Scanning) Study will follow more than 18,000 Medicare patients nation-wide to evaluate the clinical value of a brain positron emission tomography (PET) scan to detect the hallmark brain amyloid accumulation of Alzheimer’s disease in diagnosing and managing treatment of patients age 65 and older with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia of uncertain cause. Information from this scan can help exclude underlying Alzheimer’s disease, and may help guide patient management.

“We are pleased to have been selected to participate in this important research study,” said Dr. David Levi, AMI President and CEO. “We believe this study could yield findings that will have a significant impact on the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

“Our participation in the study is consistent with our on-going commitment to be at the forefront of advances in medical imaging that can have a meaningful impact on the quality of people’s lives,” added Dr. Levi.

“The IDEAS Study will provide the evidence needed to demonstrate the utility of amyloid PET imaging in a clinical setting and for future decision making about insurance coverage for what we believe to be an important diagnostic tool,’ said Maria Carrillo, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association chief science officer and IDEAS Study co-chair. “A swift and accurate diagnosis has a huge impact on access to Alzheimer’s treatments, eligibility for research trials, plus much-needed support and information services.”

The IDEAS Study will not directly recruit patients. Participants must instead be referred into the study by neurologists who are dementia specialists. Dementia specialists will enroll patients who meet the study enrollment criteria and refer them for an amyloid PET scan. Amyloid PET scans will be performed and interpreted by AMI’s board certified, subspeciality radiologists with results provided to the ordering physician for disclosure to the patient and to support further diagnostic decisions. Scan results and diagnosis will be captured for the study.

Dementia specialists and other referring physicians may visit www.ideas-study.org to learn about the study protocols. The IDEAS Study is led by the Alzheimer’s Association and managed by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN).

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Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI) is a quality-driven medical imaging practice committed to clinical excellence by providing innovative service and compassionate care.  With 38 board certified radiologists, 450 staff members and 11 office locations in Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean and Monmouth Counties, AMI is the largest and most comprehensive provider of imaging services in central and southeastern New Jersey. For more information, call (732) 223-XRAY (9729), or visit www.AtlanticMedicalImaging.com.

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Published: 2016-05-13


AMI Supports National Wear Red Day

Heart disease, the #1 killer of women, does not discriminate; it affects women from all age groups, ethnicities, family histories and walks of life.  Awareness, education and research are the keys to change.  On Friday, February 5, 2016, millions of Americans will wear red to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease.
 
Atlantic Medical Imaging joins the American Heart Association to raise awareness and make a difference for women and families in our community, and our organization.

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Published: 2016-02-26


Image is Everything (NJ Lifestyle Magazine)

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HEALTH SPOTLIGHT By Felicia Lowenstein Niven

Local innovator Atlantic Medical Imaging has been serving the community for over 50 years with their cutting-edge healthcare technology.

You may take it for granted that you can pick up the phone to schedule an annual mammogram, an ultrasound to see your baby-to-be, or an x-ray to determine if you’ve broken a bone. It wasn’t that long ago that such procedures weren’t available, or if they were, you would go to the hospital. Fifty years ago, the hospital was the only place where imaging tests could be done. That changed in South Jersey because of a dedicated group of radiologists, who, quite literally, envisioned the future. They founded Atlantic Radiologists in 1964, and opened the first outpatient imaging center in Northfield, NJ in 1971. The rest is history.

Today, you know the group as Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI), and most likely you have been through their doors in any of their 11 offices in Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean, and Monmouth County. This full-service radiology practice
specializes in all of the latest imaging tests, including Open and Closed MRI, CT, PET/CT imaging, 3D Digital Mammography, Ultrasound, DEXA scans, Biopsies, Nuclear Medicine, and X-rays. In addition, you can find specialized services at AMI’s Centers of Excellence: the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and the Cardiac Imaging Center of Excellence. But it’s what AMI has brought to the community over the last half century, and to the practice of cutting-edge local medical imaging, that has really changed lives.

Dr. Alan J. Simpson joined the group in 1976, recruited from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York where he was chief resident in diagnostic radiology. He was one of a number of well trained radiologists recruited to join AMI. “Top
radiologists trained at Jefferson, Mt. Sinai, Duke and Harvard and Yale joined the practice,” he remembers. “This was a practice with a tremendous vision, and we were excited to be a part of it.”

As imaging evolved, so did the services at AMI. The group worked to stay on the cutting edge, acquiring its first Computed Tomography (CT) scan in 1986. A CT scan “combines a series of x-ray slices taken from different angles and uses computer processing to reconstruct cross-sectional images or ‘slices,’” according to the Mayo Clinic. “Initially, a single slice CT would take 45 seconds to do one slice,” noted Dr. Simpson, “which meant a brain CT could take up to 45-minutes. Today, we can scan the whole head in about 15 seconds.”

The acquisition of the CT machine was a major accomplishment at the time and provided the community with a safe, non-invasive test that helped physicians better diagnose and treat medical conditions Now, all CT scans at AMI are equipped with low dose CT technology which provided up tp 75% less radiation than standard CT imaging. The innovations kept coming. In 2001, AMI provided the first Coronary CTA for cardiac patients. There were so few sites that had access to this type of technology that AMI soon became one of the nation’s foremost authorities. “Radiologists from all over the world came to Galloway, NJ to learn about this breakthrough imaging technology,” said Dr. Simpson.“Every week for three to four years, we hosted physicians for seminars.”

In 2004, AMI introduced the first 3T MRI. The strength of the 3T MRI provided high quality images, faster and more accurate. This allowed for the diagnosis of problems even earlier, resulting in quicker treatment for patients. The group also offered outpatient image-guided biopsies and treatments, such as using catheters to treat disease internally. In 2007, AMI doctors were named in the nation’s top 10 cardiac imaging specialists. In 2008, they established the first dedicated women’s imaging center and converted all x-ray and mammography equipment from analog to digital. AMI was the first in Atlantic and Cape May counties to offer 3D Digital Mammography. This life saving technology provides earlier and more accurate diagnosis, leading to less false positive exams and reducing unnecessary stress and procedures for women. Now, any study done may be accessed on any computer in the AMI network and interpreted by the appropriate specialist. “We have radiologists who are musculoskeletal fellowship trained experts, for example,” said Dr. Simpson. “They are the ones that interpret the images that pertain to musculoskeletal disorders. They speak the same ‘language’ as the referring doctors which means better medical care for patients.”

Clinical excellence is paired with a compassionate patient experience designed to be second to none. “Patients are often apprehensive because they are concerned,” said Dr. Simpson. “We treat you as we would a family member, which means we won’t hesitate to walk you to your car if you need some additional support. We’ll interrupt our doctors to talk to a patient if we feel that will help ease fears. Many people who come in will ask for specific technologists, because they’ve developed that relationship. They are happy to see the same support staff”.

Another way AMI has chosen to make a difference in the communities they serve is with the AMI Foundation (www.amifoundation.net), established in 2003. The Foundation regularly gives back to the community with programs like the Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van, which provides free screenings to uninsured women, and the fight against lung cancer with free low-dose lung CT screenings. The Foundation has given over $1 million to various organizations including RNS, Gilda’s Club, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and made a positive impact through their annual Tools for Schools drive, Thanksgiving food drive, and December toy drive.

As for the future of AMI, it looks bright. “Because imaging has become such an integral part of medical diagnosis, and preventive care, we’re always looking at new tools,” said Dr. Simpson. “The healthcare delivery system is changing, but being a good physician, and providing good work, skilled medicine, compassionate care, and using advanced technology appropriately will always do well.”

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Published: 2016-02-08


AMI Holiday Toy Drive Yields Hundreds of Toys

Atlantic Medical Imaging’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive resulted in the donation of hundreds of toys to three worthy organizations: Toys for Tots and Toys for Kids, both of which serve Atlantic and Cape May counties, as well as the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department’s annual toy drive.

The AMI toy drive was conducted from November 30 – December 18, 2015, during which AMI employees, patients and community members were encouraged to drop off toys at all 11 AMI office locations in Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean and Monmouth counties.

“This is another meaningful way for us to give something back to the communities we serve,” said Dr. Robert M. Glassberg, President/CEO of AMI. “The programs, services and partnerships undertaken by AMI and the AMI Foundation are designed to enhance the quality of life and improve the health status of community residents.  We believe this Toy Drive is consistent with that mission and vision.”

The AMI Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the level of healthcare for community residents by collaborating with local community groups to support programs that address critical health needs. Since its inception in 2003, the Foundation has provided approximately $1 million to various charitable organizations throughout South Jersey and central New Jersey.

Published: 2016-01-08


Portable MRI named Top 10 Breakthrough of 2015 by Physics World magazine

Los Alamos National Laboratory's portable MRI was named one of the Top 10 Breakthroughs of the Year by Physics World. Portable MRI, also called Battlefield MRI (bMRI), uses ultra-low-field magnetic resonance imaging to create images of injured soft tissues, such as the brain.

"Hospital-based MRI devices are big and expensive," said Michelle Espy, the bMRI project leader. "And they require considerable infrastructure and a lot of energy. bMRI doesn't have those same requirements, making it a much lighter, less expensive and low-power alternative that can be deployed to hard-to-reach places like the battlefield and remote hospitals in poor countries."

Conventional MRI machines use very large magnetic fields that align the protons in water molecules to then create magnetic resonance signals, which are detected by the machine and turned into images. Espy and her team wanted to see if images of sufficient quality could be made with ultra-low-magnetic fields, similar in strength to the Earth's magnetic field. To achieve images at such low fields they use exquisitely sensitive detectors called Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices, or SQUIDs.

 "SQUIDs are so sensitive they'll respond to a truck driving by outside or a radio signal 50 miles away," said Al Urbaitis, a bMRI engineer. The team's first generation bMRI had to be built in a large metal housing in order to shield it from interference.

By the end of the internally funded project the Los Alamos team was also working in the open environment without the large metal housing using a lightweight series of wire coils that surround the bMRI system to compensate the Earth's magnetic field. In the future, the field compensation system will also function similar to noise-cancelling headphones to eradicate invading magnetic field signals on-the-fly.

To read the full article on phys.org, click HERE

Published: 2016-01-05