Larchmont Imaging's Newest Technology and Location Featured in Local Newspaper

Larchmont Imaging is using new technology to make the patient's experience even better—read the article below, from the Burlington County Times (May 5, 2013).


New Imaging Devices Less Stressful for Patients

By Peg Quann

A slip. A fall. A fracture?

Sometimes it's not easy to tell, even with an X-ray.

Now the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help doctors diagnose tiny bone cracks and a host of other medical conditions more easily and more accurately.

But MRIs are noisy, tunnel-shaped machines that can stress some people as they are being examined.
Larchmont Medical Imaging recently acquired two new MRI machines as well as a new reduced radiation computerized tomography (CT) scanner at its Moorestown office that not only take great pictures but reduce anxiety for people being examined.

The Extremity MRI diagnoses conditions of the hand and arm up to the elbow and leg from the knee down to the foot. Instead of having his or her body in the tube of a regular MRI, a patient can relax in a chair while the limb being examined is placed in a small MRI tunnel.

"Patients love it," said Dr. Andrew Zeiberg, a Larchmont radiologist.

While the practice has regular 1.5 Tesla and an open MRI for head and body scans, it also recently acquired a new 3 Tesla Wide Bore MRI which has double the magnetic strength of a traditional 1.5 Tesla machine, Zeiberg said. A Tesla is a measurement of magnetism.

Zeiberg said the 3 Tesla machine by General Electric works twice as fast as a regular MRI machine and is wider, so it can accommodate a person up to 500 pounds. Most MRIs can only scan people up to 450 pounds, he said.

The stronger magnetic field allows the machine to takes scans in much less time, Zeiberg said. For example, an MRI procedure that usually takes a half hour is done in 13 minutes using the 3 Tesla machine. Plus the images are much sharper, especially when compared with a regular open MRI.

Since the tunnel is wider and the machine scans faster, "patients have fewer problems with claustrophobia," Zeiberg said, while the radiologist gets very sharp images of internal organs for use in making a medical diagnosis.

"It's state of the art. We have a variety of MRIs very few places have," said Dr. Ben Yang of Medford, another radiologist with the practice.

While MRIs don't use radiation, a test with an MRI is more expensive and takes much longer than an X-ray or computerized tomography (CT) scan. Also, people with some types of cardiac pacemakers and/or other metal devices in their body may not be able to get an MRI.

But when it comes to radiation, less is more.
"We have the newest products from GE," he said, as he showed another new device a computerized tomography (CT) scanner that uses less radiation than older models.

"The improvements on this scanner allow us to scan using much less radiation. It cuts radiation about 40 percent," Zeiberg said.

The machine is used for diagnosing a variety of medical conditions including blockages in cardiac arteries and gastrointestinal problems, he added.

The 26-physician practice has five CT scanners at its offices in Mount Laurel, Medford and Willingboro, in addition to the new Moorestown office in the Virtua complex on Young Avenue, where the new equipment is located.

Zeiberg, who graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a degree in biomedical engineering before attending Washington University School of Medical, is a senior member of the practice and directs the MRI section. He declined to say how much the new equipment cost.

Larchmont also has two ultrasound rooms, a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner used in body-function imaging as well as an extensive mammography unit using digital mammography. It doesn't offer digital tomosynthesis, a three-dimensional type of mammogram for dense breasts, but Zeiberg said it should have that within the next couple of years.

Zeiberg said the office can offer breast stereotactic biopsies using either ultrasound or a new mammography machine that allows the doctor to pinpoint where the biopsy needs to be taken. Ultrasound is used with soft tissue biopsies while the mammograms work when a calcification needs to be biopsied.

"We've been doing breast biopsies for 15 or 16 years," Zeiberg said.

As he reviewed scans taken with the practice's new equipment, Yang smiled at the images like a photographer seeing great camera shots.

"It's fantastic," he said.