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Radiology Procedures

Radiology Procedures and Radiologists at Franklin Hospital

The mission of Franklin Hospital's Radiology Department is to assure delivery of a full service of the latest diagnostic imaging methods to our community and to provide superior care to our patients in a friendly and courteous manner.

Franklin Hospital uses PACS (Picture Archive Communication System) provided by GE Centricity to store and view all digitally acquired radiologic images. This system is shared throughout the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Our general radiology section is equipped with a state-of-the-art digital fluoroscopy/radiography unit, as well as portable, high-resolution C-arm machines.

Our clinical faculty consists of five full-time board-certified radiologists, three full-time registered nurses, certified technologists and an experienced office staff.

Diagnostic Procedures

Ultrasound — State-of-the-art equipment and portable sonography machines are available to perform all general abdominal, OB/GYN, small parts and superficial organ ultrasounds, as well as color flow and duplex vascular ultrasounds, including arterial and venous studies.

Nuclear Medicine — Using radioisotopes and state-of-the-art gamma cameras, we perform nuclear cardiac stress tests, as well as general diagnostic tests.

Computerized Tomography (CT) — In addition to all diagnostic imaging procedures, we also perform a wide range of interventional procedures such as CT-guided biopsies, drainage of abscesses, nephrostomy and thoracentesis. A nephrostomy is a passageway maintained by a tube, stent, or catheter that perforates the skin and terminates in the kidney. A thoracentesis is a procedure that removes fluid from the space between the lining of the outside of the lungs (pleura) and the wall of the chest.

Computerized Tomographic Angiography (CTA) — The CTA has revolutionized the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung) which is a high mortality/morbidity condition. CTA almost completely eliminates the need for conventional pulmonary angiography (X-ray pictures of the inside of blood vessels) and radioisotope perfusion ventilation scans (a pair of nuclear scan tests that measures breathing and circulation in the lungs). The former is a high-risk procedure; the latter is not highly specific.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) — Performs routine neurological, musculoskeletal and body imaging. Specialized MRI imaging such as prostate, head/neck, body and lower-extremity MRIs are also performed.

The mammography, ultrasound (including breast ultrasound), CT scan, nuclear medicine and MRI services at Franklin Hospital meet/exceed the standards set by the American College of Radiology and have been granted accreditation by the College of Radiology.

Interventional Procedures

The Department of Radiology performs these interventional procedures on a routine basis:

  • Precise vascular invasive procedures, such as angiography, angioplasty and embolizations
  • Radiofrequency ablations
  • Biopsies
  • Drainages

Services are provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Radiologists

  • Thomas Knichel, RT — Administrative Director: (516) 256-6202
  • Eric Cantos, MD — Chairman, Radiology Department: (516) 256-6201
  • Philippe Chu, MD — Attending Radiologist: (516) 256-6205
  • Luciano Mastrogiovanni, MD — Attending Radiologist: (516) 256-6689
  • Anthony Febles, MD —Chief of Interventional Radiology: (516) 256-6429

Location

Department of Radiology
Franklin Hospital
900 Franklin Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580
(516) 256-6200