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To provide residents of western Bergen and Passaic Counties better access to advanced , high-quality medical imaging and diagnostics , Englewood �ealth has opened Englewood �ospital Imaging , anew 30,000-square-foot facility at ��-0� Broadway in Fair Lawn . People with same-day appointments and walkins with adoctor ’ s prescription are welcome weekdays from 8a . m . to 4p . m . Englewood �ealth now offers diagnostic imaging and breast center services atthree locations across North Jersey ( Englewood , Emerson , and Fair Lawn ), as well as cardiac imaging at four locations ( Fair Lawn , Glen �idge , Pompton Plains , and Woodland Park ).

“ The importance of community-based care has never been greater ,” says Warren Geller , president and CEO of Englewood �ealth . “ No one wants to travel far for health care . Our main hospital facility is in Englewood , but weare continually expanding throughout the region , and this new location inFair Lawn will beagame-changer for the community . Access tocare iscritical�not only access to ahospital , but also to preventive care where people live and work .”
Englewood �ealth is accredited and recognized by the American College of �adiology as aBreast Imaging Center of Excellence , and a major feature ofthe new facility is its diagnostic imaging and breast center .“ When getting your annual mammogram ismade accessible , patients are more likely to undergo routine screening ,” says Dr . Mindy Goldfischer , chief of breast imaging at Englewood �ospital and medical director of The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center at Englewood �ealth .
In addition to arange of imaging and breast services , including 3D mammography and stereotactic biopsy , breast ultrasound , fine needle aspiration and core needle biopsy , Englewood �ospital Imaging also offers bone densitometry� breast , whole body , musculoskeletal , and neuro M�Is� ultrasound , and �-rays . “ Imaging tests , such as CT scans and M�Is , are integral in the early detection ofcancer , heart disease , joint and spine injury , abdominal disease , and problems related to brain function ,” says Dr . Mark Shapiro , chief of radiology atEnglewood �ealth . “ Many of these conditions , if found early , are treatable and curable . When follow-up studies are needed , the imaging center team can expedite all tests to ensure that patients are not waiting for days or weeks for tests orresults , which can cause undue concern about abnormalities .”

or those with difficult-to-treat depression and other chronic mood disorders , modern electroconvulsive therapy is avaluable tool recognized by the American Medical Association , the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute ofMental �ealth . Bergen New Bridge Medical Center isone of the few facilities throughout New Jersey where specially trained psychiatrists perform ECT . In recent months , they have expanded the coverage and availability of the treatment with more physician providers .

“ We ’ ve always had ECT here , but we haven ’ t used itasrobustly as we could have ,” says Dr . Gian Varbaro , the hospital ’ s chief medical officer . “ I ’ ve seen many cases over the years , and it ’ samiracle treatment for some patients whose disease is so debilitating they can ’ t function .”
ECT has been proven effective with severe depression sufferers who don ’ trespond to other medications and treatments . It can also beuseful for older patients who are unable to tolerate antidepressants , and for pregnant women who can ’ ttake them . “ A small dose ofelectricity isdelivered to a section of the brain and stimulates something like a small seizure ,” Varbara explains .“ This allows the brain to reset neurochemical pathways and function in anormal way again .”
Initially , ECT is recommended for 10-1� consecutive treatments every other day , though patients may need more or fewer sessions . During the procedure , patients receive amuscle relaxant and short-acting anesthetic agent that puts them tosleep for approximately 5-10 minutes . Four electrodes are placed on specific areas ofthe patient ’ shead� two of these monitor brain waves , and the other two deliver ashort , controlled set of electrical pulses for a few seconds . Patients wake upabout 5to10min- utes after the end of the treatment . Studies show that these sessions improve depression in�0to �0 percent of patients . ❖
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