Albany Medical Center is the region’s only academic health sciences center in the 25 counties of eastern New York and western New England. The Center incorporates the 631-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital; one of upstate New York’s largest teaching hospitals, Albany Medical College, which was founded in 1839 as one of the nation’s first private medical schools; the Albany Medical Center Faculty Group Practice, and the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc. Recent changes include the construction of the 45,000 square foot Physicians Pavilion which houses most of the outpatient services. In addition, a Hilton Garden Inn has been completed across the street from the hospital which will serve patients and their families, as well as accommodate visiting professors and prospective students and residents.
In 2005, procedure volumes within Radiology included nuclear medicine 14,000, ultrasound 35,000, interventional/special procedures 34,000, computed tomography 90,000, magnetic resonance imaging 30,000, adult general diagnostic 148,000, and pediatric general diagnostic 41,000, totaling 392,000 procedures.
In recent years, Albany Medical Center has invested substantially in technical improvements for the Department of Diagnostic Radiology. A Stentor/iSite PACS system was installed within the medical center and web-based image distribution was made possible with a web-based image server from Stentor. All of our modalities except for mammography are fully integrated into the Stentor/iSite PACS system. With the introduction of PACS, the department is now filmless. The PACS system may be accessed remotely with an internet connection and password.
Six angiographic suites are devoted to interventional and neurointerventional procedures; one of these suites is located within an operating room. In addition, there is a state-of-the-art 12-bed recovery unit within the Department of Radiology that is fully staffed with nurses and available for patients to recover from all image-guided procedures. Two new digital radiography rooms have been acquired in the past year from GE Medical Systems. In addition, a third Lorad digital mammography unit was acquired recently for the Breast Imaging section.
Within the medical center, there are six CT scanners, one of which is virtually devoted to performance of interventional procedures. A 16-slice scanner has recently been moved upstairs in the hospital to accommodate ICU patients and minimize the need to transport them across the hospital for these imaging studies. The department has two 64-slice multidetector scanners, one of which is located within the main department and one within the Emergency Department. Both of these scanners have EKG-gated hardware and software to permit cardiac CT applications. MR equipment in the Division of Clinical Radiology is manufactured by the General Electric Corporation and consists of three 1.5 Tesla MR scanners, one of which is located at the South Clinical Campus. The other two units are housed in the main department. There is also a 3.0T research MR scanner used primarily for neuroimaging studies. Four Vitrea 3D workstations (Vital Images, Inc.) provide post processing and 3D support for CT and MR imaging studies.
At the present time, six ultrasound rooms support the department of Diagnostic Radiology. This does not include the two portable units serving the interventional radiology division for ultrasound-guided procedures. Pediatric radiology has dedicated space for fluoroscopy and diagnostic radiology.
The nuclear medicine department was relocated into new space within the Physician’s Pavillion in 2007. Within this space, there are four dual-head SPECT gamma cameras. In addition, a PET CT scanner is presently located within the Cancer Center.