Littauer earns Nuclear Medicine ACR Accreditation

Littauer earns Nuclear Medicine ACR Accreditation

Littauer earns Nuclear Medicine ACR Accreditation

Littauer earns Nuclear Medicine ACR Accreditation

Nathan Littauer Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

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The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.


In addition to nuclear medicine, Littauer is also ACR accredited in mammography, MRI, CT and ultrasound.



Nathan Littauer Hospital and Family of Health Services serves Fulton, Montgomery, and Hamilton counties in upstate New York with a full-service, 74-bed acute care hospital, nine primary care centers, a nursing home and a community education center. The hospital was founded in 1894, has 1,000 employees and regularly hosts ground-breaking spine surgeries. Nathan Littauer continues to offer the latest in diagnostic imaging, including a new MRI suite. For more information, please visit


WOW! Technology meets comfort at Littauer

Nathan Littauer brings unique technology to the area

Once again, Littauer has brought cutting-edge diagnostic imaging to the region. The hospital added the latest MRI technology to their main campus. A new suite was constructed to house the Optima MR450w with GEM, the latest in an advanced system from GE Healthcare. The system is designed to help maximize patient comfort while delivering uncompromised image quality.

“This latest MRI is both patient and clinician friendly while producing leading-edge imagery,” states Director of Imaging/Cardiopulmonary Services Dwayne Eberle at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

“The image quality at Littauer is of the highest quality anywhere. You could not get a better image at another major hospital. And good imagery means a better diagnosis,” said Littauer’s Chief of Radiology Dr. John Mastrangelo.

The GE Optima* MR450w’s innovative wide bore design allows more space for added patient comfort. The table surface with different cushion densities is designed to alleviate pressure points, and a new coil array that offers feet-first imaging for all exam types.
“Our Diagnostic Team is committed to making people feel as comfortable as possible. We understand these are stressful tests. That is why my staff is committed to making people feel comfortable. The more comfortable a patient feels the better images we get” said Littauer’s Chief of Radiology Dr. John Mastrangelo.

In addition, GE’s Optima MR450w includes Silent Scan, a revolutionary new technique that makes some exams as quiet as a whisper.

“Nathan Littauer has always been a leader in bringing new diagnostic imaging to this area,” said Cheryl McGrattan, Littauer Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “People with migraines or people who are claustrophobic will be especially happy to hear this news.”

Funding for MRI was made in part by donations from the Nathan Littauer Foundation. “The community response to this MRI project was overwhelming. Clearly, people are committed to keeping Littauer in the forefront of technology. ” said Geoffrey Peck, Nathan Littauer Foundation Executive Director. He added, “We are so grateful to the donors who saw the need in our community and responded so generously.”

To learn more or to schedule services, contact Littauer’s Diagnostic Imaging Department at (518) 773-5520, or go to

Photo – 03192015_optima_MRI1Littauer Patient Coordinator Keri Calhoun assists a patient for a scan in Littauer’s Optima MR450w with GEM, the latest in an advanced system from GE Healthcare

Nathan Littauer ranked 8th busiest Diagnostic Imaging Center

Nathan Littauer Hospital ranked 8th busiest diagnostic Imaging Center

Gloversville, NY… Nathan Littauer Hospital was ranked by The Business Review as the 8th largest diagnostic imaging center in Capital Region and surrounding area. The inaugural list of “Diagnostic Imaging Centers” was published this week by the Albany-based Business Review, ranking imaging centers by total patient visits in 2008. Nathan Littauer Hospital reported 56,417 total patient visits in 2008.

The survey area included: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Green, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties. “It is rewarding to see so many of our patients benefit from the world’s best technology right their own backyard.” stated Nathan Littauer’s CEO and President Laurence E. Kelly. He added, “In the past seven years, Nathan Littauer Hospital has made a commitment to deliver cutting-edge technology to our region. And we are delivering on that promise. Previously this technology was only available in major metropolitan areas.” The hospital recently also purchased the region’s only GE 64-slice CT scanner and a new Primus rehabilitation system.

Hospital spokesperson Cheryl McGrattan explains, “People have come to think of Nathan Littauer Hospital as a small hospital with big-city capabilities. Our increased numbers are reflecting that.” She added, “However, without the right doctors to interpret the images, diagnostic technology is merely gears, cables and wires. Our staff is our greatest asset, including the leadership of Dr. Sunjay Verma, Chief of Radiology, a nationally known radiologist.”

To learn more about Nathan Littauer’s Diagnostic Imaging Capabilities, patients are encouraged to call: 773-4250.