Newswise — As part of an ongoing effort to offer patients the latest medical imaging technology available, the Department of Radiology at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently acquired the Biograph Horizon PET/CT from Siemens Healthcare.

 “We are thrilled to bring the Biograph Horizon to our community and provide this leading-edge technology to our patients for PET/CT imaging,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, president, Hackensack University Medical Center.

 Biograph Horizon leverages premium PET/CT technology to help physicians at Hackensack University Medical Center detect disease sooner as well as determine treatment efficacy and, as a result, limit side effects.    

 “The Biograph Horizon enables our facility to identify the smallest of lesions early as a result of the high resolution and image quality, which supports an accurate diagnosis and more personalized treatment options to our patients. By incorporating premium PET/CT into our practice, we can improve patient outcomes and reduce procedure costs,” said Sean Pierce, M.D., chair, Radiology, Hackensack University Medical Center. 

“Siemens Healthcare is proud to provide Hackensack University Medical Center with its state-of-the-art Biograph Horizon," said David Pacitti, president of Siemens Healthcare North America. “Siemens is committed to offering innovative systems that will better enable Hackensack University Medical Center to deliver the highest levels of efficient and effective care to patients in the NY/NJ area.”

About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 33,000 team members and more than 6,500 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Northern Trust PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit