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Radiology2023-08-17T14:59:10-04:00

Radiology is a branch of medicine that uses electromagnetic radiation (X-rays), radioactive substances, and sound waves in a safe, controlled way to explore inside the body to help detect, diagnose, and treat a wide range of health problems. Radiology images can also reveal how effectively your internal organs and structures are functioning. CentraState’s Radiology Department, designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology, uses the most advanced imaging tools to ensure quality care for our patients and reliable, rapid results for referring physicians.

Radiology is a branch of medicine that uses electromagnetic radiation (X-rays), radioactive substances, and sound waves in a safe, controlled way to explore inside the body to help detect, diagnose, and treat a wide range of health problems. Radiology images can also reveal how effectively your internal organs and structures are functioning. CentraState’s Radiology Department, designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology, uses the most advanced imaging tools to ensure quality care for our patients and reliable, rapid results for referring physicians.

RADIOLOGY SERVICES

WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTER

The Star and Barry Tobias Women’s Health Center is a special place for women—combining technical expertise and customized health education and counseling services. The comfortable, private environment at the Women’s Health Center helps ease anxiety women may have when dealing with their health, and uncertainties regarding mammograms and diagnostic procedures for detecting early signs of breast cancer. Services include:

  • Bone density scans
  • Mammography
  • Breast needle localization
  • Stereotactic needle localization/biopsy

For more information about treatments and services available The Star and Barry Tobias Women’s Health Center call 732-294-2626. To make an appointment at the Women’s Health Center, please call 732-294-2778.

womens health center

RADIATION DOSE SAFETY AND AWARENESS

CentraState is committed to providing the lowest radiation dose possible for children and adults while maintaining the highest quality in radiology imaging. As part of these efforts, we are involved in the following initiatives:

  • We have a Radiation Dose Management Committee focused solely on this goal. We work with technologists and physicians to provide tools to assist in this process, while also educating and empowering patients.
  • As the second hospital in the state to earn DICOE accreditation, we use the ACR Dose Index Registry to benchmark data alongside the ACR national database and consistently demonstrate lower radiation doses.
  • We have incorporated the GE University of Wisconsin protocols, which were developed to reduce radiation dose even lower than our already approved ACR dose protocols.
  • Children are more sensitive to radiation, and while long-term risks are minimal, they are possible. We were among the first in our area to commit to the “Image Gently” pledge of The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging to promote the use of the lowest possible radiation dose in pediatric imaging. We also participate in Image Wisely, a similar initiative for adults.
  • For pediatric head CTs, we have participated in the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) Institute for Quality and Patient Safety Safe Imaging Collaborative, where we are using evidence-based parameters to help us predict the likelihood of a clinically significant traumatic brain injury. This allows us to better ascertain when a head CT scan is necessary. Since joining that initiative, we’ve reduced our head CT rate by approximately 25 percent—avoiding situations in which the radiation risk is greater than the minor head injury.

TOP QUALITY ACCREDITATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

CentraState has been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology. This accreditation is voluntary and ensures that the physicians supervising and interpreting your medical imaging meet stringent education and training standards and that the technologists administering the imaging tests are certified. It also signifies that the imaging equipment is surveyed regularly by a qualified medical physicist to ensure proper functioning.

CentraState is also accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) —a national standards-setting organization—in:

  • Computed Tomography
  • gynecological, obstetrical and vascular ultrasound services
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Mammography

Our CT capabilities helped CentraState earn licensed certification as a Primary Stroke Center from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. CT scans can provide vital information quickly, and time is of the essence in accurately diagnosing and treating stroke to prevent or limit damage to brain tissue.

In addition, our radiology technologists are certified by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and our board-certified radiologists are additionally certified in subspecialties of:

  • Neuroradiology
  • Vascular radiology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Breast imaging
  • Interventional radiology

The Radiology Department has clinical affiliations with several leading training programs for radiology technologists. These relationships help us maintain the highest levels of quality by fostering an academic base for advanced care, professionalism and continuing education. Our affiliations include:

  • Sanford and Brown Institute (Ultrasound)
  • Healthcare Training Institute (Ultrasound)
  • Muhlenberg Medical Center (Ultrasound)
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Ultrasound)
  • Mercer County Community College (X-ray)
  • Brookdale Community College (X-ray, CT)

RADIOLOGISTS

Carlo Rondina, MD

Carlo Rondina, MD

Radiology

John Ghazi, MD JG

John Ghazi, MD

Radiology

Stanley Rich, MD

Stanley Rich, MD

Interventional Radiology, Radiology

Peter Kouveliotes, MD

Peter Kouveliotes, MD

Radiology

Kenneth Tomkovich, MD

Kenneth Tomkovich, MD

Endovascular Intervention, Radiology

Kenneth Romano, MD KR

Kenneth Romano, MD

Radiology

Jeffrey Friedenberg, MD JF

Jeffrey Friedenberg, MD

Radiology

Janet Spector, MD

Janet Spector, MD

Radiology

Ann Hughes, MD AH

Ann Hughes, MD

Radiology

Peter Mezzacappa, MD PM

Peter Mezzacappa, MD

Interventional Radiology, Radiology

Samuel Greene, MD SG

Samuel Greene, MD

Interventional Radiology

Barry Perlman, MD BP

Barry Perlman, MD

Radiology

Gerard Compito, MD GC

Gerard Compito, MD

Radiology

David Youmans, MD DY

David Youmans, MD

Interventional Radiology

Kirsten Rubbert-Slawek, MD KR

Kirsten Rubbert-Slawek, MD

Radiology

Christopher Ananian, MD CA

Christopher Ananian, MD

Radiology

Rik Sen, MD RS

Rik Sen, MD

Radiology

Dennis Balgowan, MD DB

Dennis Balgowan, MD

Radiology

Jiyoon Kim, DO JK

Jiyoon Kim, DO

Radiology

Michael  D'Angelo, MD

Michael D'Angelo, MD

Interventional Radiology

C. Stephen Keklak, MD

C. Stephen Keklak, MD

Radiology

Ryan England, MD

Ryan England, MD

Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology

Matthew Difazio, MD MD

Matthew Difazio, MD

Radiology

Gregory Kaufmann, MD GK

Gregory Kaufmann, MD

Radiology

Fred Schlesinger, MD FS

Fred Schlesinger, MD

Radiology

Timothy Howard, MD TH

Timothy Howard, MD

Radiology

Kevin Chu, MD KC

Kevin Chu, MD

Radiology

Seth Stein, MD SS

Seth Stein, MD

Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology

RADIOLOGY RESOURCES

This website was established by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) to educate the public about radiologic procedures and the role of radiologists in health care.

MedlinePlus is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It brings together authoritative information from NLM, NIH, and other government agencies and health-related organizations. At this site, you can learn more about tests such as:

American College of Radiology: The nation’s leading organization representing radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, and medical physicists.

Radiological Society of North America: An association of more than 38,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, and related scientists committed to promoting excellence in radiology through education and by fostering research, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.

RADIOLOGY FAQs

No appointment is needed for routine X-ray procedures, such as chest X-rays. You simply need a prescription for the X-ray from your physician. Bring the prescription and your insurance information to CentraState’s Outpatient Registration department to register, and then proceed to the Radiology reception area nearby to await your procedure.

Specialized X-ray procedures require an appointment. To make an appointment for a specialized X-ray procedure, please call Centralized Scheduling at 732-294-2778.

Appointment is needed for the following tests:

  • Specialized X-rays, CT scans, nuclear medicine tests, ultrasounds, and interventional radiology procedures: please call Centralized Scheduling at 732-294-2778 to schedule an appointment.
  • MRI or PET scans: please call 732-462-3716 to schedule an appointment.

Our flexible hours are designed to accommodate work schedules and other demands of a busy lifestyle. Outpatient Radiology is open for routine X-ray procedures Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Outpatient Registration is open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you have any questions, please call the Radiology Department at 732-294-2934.

We participate in a wide range of medical insurance plans, but we encourage you to check with your insurer to verify that the specific imaging service prescribed will be covered, and whether any co-pays or deductibles may apply.

For general information about radiology services at CentraState, please call 732-294-2934. If you are seeking a copy of X-ray results, please call the X-ray file room at 732-294-2929. Hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Attesting to this commitment, we participate in these initiatives:

  • We were among the first in our area to commit to the “Image Gently” pledge of The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging to promote the use of the lowest possible radiation dose in pediatric imaging. We also participate in Image Wisely, a similar initiative for adults.
  • We have incorporated the GE University of Wisconsin protocols, which were developed to reduce radiation dose even lower than our already approved ACR dose protocols.
  • For pediatric head CTs, we have participated in the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) Institute for Quality and Patient Safety Safe Imaging Collaborative, where we are using evidence-based parameters to help us predict the likelihood of a clinically significant traumatic brain injury. This allows us to better ascertain when a head CT scan is necessary. Since joining that initiative, we’ve reduced our head CT rate by approximately 25 percent—avoiding situations in which the radiation risk is greater than the minor head injury.

To streamline and expedite care and communication, CentraState offers digital picture archiving and communications system (PACS) capabilities. This advanced technology eliminates the need for film and the time required to process it. PACS gives physicians instant, secure, 24/7 access to digital radiology images that can be viewed from any location with computer access—which means faster results. CentraState was among the first hospitals to provide PACS technology.

PACS also facilitates consultations and second opinions, as digital images can be viewed simultaneously by multiple physicians in multiple locations. Timely communication between all involved—patients, physicians, specialists, radiologists, and other members of the health care team—is a key element in safe, high-quality care.

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