The New York University Hospitals Center consists of several closely related clinical service organizations – these include the Tisch Hospital, the NYU Downtown Hospital, and the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. Its primary clinical service area, which includes lower Manhattan, and the adjacent areas of the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, has a projected population base of nearly 2.5 million. The School of Medicine also has academic and clinical responsibility for New York City’s Bellevue Hospital which is immediately adjacent to the School.
The Bellevue Hospital serves the indigent, largely minority population of New York. The School also has a close relationship with the Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospital, immediately adjacent to Bellevue.
The NYU Medical Center is a large urban-based facility with both inpatient and outpatient units on the premises. The hospital has more than 700 beds and house staff in every specialty. In addition to a full complement of technologists, two full time clinical nurses in the unit ensure quality care of our patients. MRI studies are currently performed in the MRI unit of the Department of Radiology, NYU Medical Center. This facility has a full range of facilities for patients and staff and a large capacity that allows patients to be scanned on short notice. A new research imaging center (see above) was recently constructed to house three dedicated research scanners. This site includes appropriate facilities for staff and patients. Standard facilities are available for pathological evaluation of samples.
NYU Hospitals Center has embarked upon a major modernization and expansion of its clinical facilities. NYU’s plans for the future call for renovation of inpatient units within Tisch Hospital, the 704-bed centerpiece of clinical care at the Medical Center, as well as construction of a new clinical facilities building. The new facility will feature new inpatient units, operating rooms, recovery rooms, intensive care units, radiologic services, reception areas, patient holding rooms, family waiting areas, a Cardiac and Vascular Institute, and an expanded Emergency Services department. The clinical facilities building will also serve as the new home of Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, an internationally renowned facility for the treatment of adults and children with disabilities.
The MR facility occupies over 8500 sq ft of the Cooperative Care Building at NYU Medical Center. It consists of four separate scanner areas with separate operator and computer rooms, patient waiting area, three reading rooms, a laboratory for on-site engineering support, and offices for professional and technical staff. Full-time nursing staff is available to monitor all patients. An MR compatible monitoring device is available for all systems which provide blood pressure and pulse monitoring. For all patients, an MR-compatible power injector will be used to administer gadolinium contrast.
The CT outpatient facility occupies 2000 sq ft of the Cooperative Care Building at NYU Medical Center and has been completely renovated. Currently, there are 2 Siemens Sensation 16 multidetector-row CT scanners operating in operation. One of these units is a Sensation 64 multidetector-row CT scanner. In Tisch Hospital, clinical CT imaging is performed on the second floor (1500 sq ft). Currently a Siemens Sensation 16 multidetector-row scanner has been operating since Spring of 2005. A Siemens Sensation 40 multidetector row CT was installed in June 2006. Additional capacity is present in the recently renovated dedicated emergency room imaging suite. A Sensation 16 multidetector row scanner has been operating at this site since winter 2003 (800 sq ft). A third clinical CT scanner is present at 401 East 34th St (Rivergate facility 1200 sq ft). This site houses one of the first Siemens Somatom Definition CT scanners in the United States. This unique technology acquires CT data from two x-ray sources and is capable of unparalled spatial and temporal resolution. Clinical operations began in May 2006.
At Bellevue Hospital, CT clinical services include emergency room (Philips MX8000 multidetector row CT) (575 sq ft) and the third floor Radiology CT facility (3400 sq ft) (GE Lightspeed QXI, GE Highspeed Advantage and GE PACE CT scanners available in this area). Full-time nursing staff are available to monitor all inpatients. Clinical facilities include scanner areas with separate operator rooms, patient waiting areas, reading rooms, and offices for technical staff. For all patients, automated injectors are available to administer contrast material.
The Nuclear Medicine division consists of approximately 5000 sq ft on the second floor of Tisch Hospital. There are five imaging rooms, a treatment room, reading room, “hot” lab, satellite “hot” lab, and offices for professional and support staff. The Nuclear Medicine Hot Lab occupies approximately a total of 300 square feet on the second floor of Tisch Hospital. It is equipped with a fume hood, 2 dose calibrators, a well counter, a centrifuge, and an automated gamma counter (Pharmacia LKB 1282). Imaging equipment includes a Siemens ECAM dual head gamma camera, two Siemens Symbia dual head gamma cameras, and one ADAC dual head gamma camera. A Siemens SPECT/CT system is currently undergoing installation.
The diagnostic imaging facility at the new NYUCC includes a state of the art Hi-Rez Biograph 6 (Siemens Medical Systems) which is a high resolution (FWHM 4.2 mm) LSO crystal dedicated PET integrated with a 6-detector CT scanner (PET/CT). The facility also includes plain radiography and bone mineral density equipment along with a “hot” lab and a radiochemistry laboratory (see research facilities). The facility is staffed by a full complement of x-ray, CT, and PET technologists and three registered nurses. A 3 Tesla MRI scanner is currently undergoing installation.