Newton-Wellesley Takes Over MRI From Shields



NEWTON, Mass. (July, 2008) – Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Radiology Department has recently taken over the reigns of its MRI services. For more than a decade, the service had been a joint venture between the hospital and Shields MRI- with Newton-Wellesley radiologists supervising and reading the studies and Shields MRI technologists and ancillary staff scheduling and performing the exams.

Now that MRI services at Newton-Wellesley have transitioned to its own hospital-based program, Newton-Wellesley Hospital radiologists and referring clinicians can now more easily integrate MR imaging into a patient’s care and correlate all patients’ imaging modalities including MRI, CT scans, ultrasound, PET, and nuclear medicine studies performed at NWH, as well as those done anywhere across the Partners HealthCare system.

“Our goal is to offer our patients the benefits of the latest technological advances in MRI while continuing to maintain the highest level of compassionate care,” says Jeffrey J. Greenberg, MD, Associate Chair of Radiology and Medical Director of MRI at Newton-Wellesley.

The Radiology Department utilizes a state-of-the-art PACS (picture archiving and communications system) which enables instant access to images and reports to all members of a patient’s healthcare provider team. Results from each MRI scan are integrated into the Partners Healthcare electronic medical record system. With a focus on patient privacy, this paperless documentation system also allows referring physicians outside Newton-Wellesley Hospital immediate and confidential access to their patient’s records. This technology virtually eliminates the need for written charts, reduces error and provides referring physicians with access to their patients’ results directly from their office computer- offering continuity of care for each patient who comes for an MRI scan.

“We put our patients at the center of the care we provide,” added Dr. Greenberg. “Our advanced information technology enables the medical team involved in each patient’s care to have access not only to the MR findings but also to other imaging studies and laboratory results, creating an environment where specialists can collaborate over a ‘virtual table’ and provide the best care plan for each patient.”

Newton-Wellesley MRI technologists are nationally certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The diagnostic radiologists at the Hospital are physicians with extensive experience and expertise in the interpretation of MRI images. All radiologists are board certified and many have subspecialty certification and expertise in specific fields of radiology, including: 

• Board Certified Neuroradiologists
• Fellowship-Trained Musculoskeletal Radiologists
• Fellowship-Trained Body Imaging Radiologists
• American College of Radiology-Accredited Breast Imaging Svc. w/Advanced Breast MRI Expertise
• Board Certified Pediatric Radiologists

The Hospital continues to be a leader in offering new technology to patients. In fact, Newton-Wellesley was one of the first community hospitals to use arthrography with MRI – a specialized procedure to evaluate alterations in the structure and function of joints. These advanced scans enable physicians in the Jim & Ellen Kaplan Center for Joint Reconstruction Surgery to diagnose joint conditions and care for their patients’ joint care needs.

Additionally, the Hospital provides specialized pediatric MRI services including a dedicated sedation program. In order to optimize the diagnostic quality of the study, the pediatric anesthesia physicians provide on-site sedation in the MRI suite for children needing MRI studies. 

Another specific area of MRI services that distinguishes Newton-Wellesley as a leader in the field is breast imaging. “We are one of the few hospitals in Massachusetts who have seamlessly integrated MRI services into our breast health service line – The Auerbach Breast Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital,” says Daniel Z. Silverstone, MD, Associate Medical Director, MRI, Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital provides all essential MRI services including brain, spine, orthopaedic imaging, and also supports various other Newton-Wellesley clinical service lines including:

• Jim & Ellen Kaplan Center for Joint Reconstruction Surgery 
• Center for Weight Loss Surgery
• Auerbach Breast Center      
• Spine Center
• Maureen E. Egan Gastroenterology Unit    
• Pediatrics
• Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery   
• Hand surgery
• Maxwell Blum Emergency Department    
• Vascular surgery

“Compared to an outpatient center, we see more rare and complicated studies. This requires our MRI radiologists to maintain a high level of expertise and to stay current in all the latest advances in our field,” says Dr. Greenberg.

The MRI Suite will remain in its current location on the first floor of the Main Hospital, within the Wikstrom Surgical Center. MRI services are available seven days a week from 6:30am to 11:30pm. Urgent examinations are accommodated if needed at any hour in consultation with Newton-Wellesley Radiologists who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information about the MRI Services offered at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, call 617-243-6217 or visit our website at  


Rachel Kagno
Public Affairs & Marketing
Newton-Wellesley Hospital

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