About 150,000 tests are carried out every year at the Imaging Institute, both on patients hospitalized at the Medical Center and on patients in the community referred by the various HMOs. The institute performs various types of imaging tests, including X-rays in the institute itself, in the Department of Emergency Medicine (ER), and in the hospital's other departments using portable machines. Imaging is also conducted in the operating rooms, using CT, US and MRI scans and invasive radiology tests.
All the radiological data is preserved in a PACS (picture archiving and communication system), the most advanced computerized system of its kind both in Israel and in the world, to ensure that all data is securely preserved with complete medical confidentiality. The radiographers view all the imaging tests on digital workstations in the institute. The information is distributed to all hospital departments and can be accessed immediately by the clinical physicians on
computer screens located throughout the medical center. A similar link enables senior radiologists to view all the images and tests from home, allowing 24-hour consultation with the duty radiologist and with clinical physicians.
The following units operate in the Imaging Institute:
X-Rays and Imaging
The institute has three digital-imaging rooms using DR system (without the use of a cassette) which is also used for trauma imaging, and 10 mobile X-ray machines are deployed in the various departments and in the Department of Emergency Medicine (ER). The unit has four mobile scanning machines, three in the operating rooms and one in the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Unit Director - Dr. Abed el Rauf Zaina
Chief radiographer - Mr. Juad Saabana
The unit has an advanced Philips Brilliance CT 64-slice scanner. The unit is currently undergoing extensive renovations. As part of this effort, two advanced Siemens CT scanners were purchased.
The unit conducts scans on adults and children, including CT scans of the chest, abdomen and pelvis, special scans of the gastrointestinal tract and urinary tract, CT of the brain, spinal column and skeletal system, vascular CT for different parts of the body, and CT of the heart and coronary arteries. The unit performs a whole-body CT in cases of trauma, and CT-guided invasive tests such as biopsies, drainage, etc.
Ultra Sound Unit (US)
Unit Director - Dr. Nadir Reisendorf
Chief radiographer - Ms. Insa Slovodnik
The unit has Siemens S-2000 machine, with advanced research technology, two GE LOGIQ machines, and a SONOSITE mobile machine.
The unit carries out various types of US scans, including: Scans of the abdomen, blood vessels, soft tissues and musculoskeletal system, special scans for infants and premature babies, and diagnostic punctures (biopsies).
Invasive Radiology Unit
Unit Director - Dr. Dan Hebron
Chief Radiographer - Mr. Uzi Zamir
The unit, located in the Imaging Institute, carries out diagnostic and treatment procedures using various imaging means - (Fluoroscopy), CT scanning and US.
The unit operates highly-advanced equipment, a Philips Integris Allura C-Arm device, one designated US device and advanced disposable equipment.
The unit performs invasive procedures on a range of anatomical systems:
Blood vessels - diagnostic and therapeutic arterial and venous catheterization, including stent and balloon treatment for strictures, and treatment of bleeding using embolization. The unit provides the Nephrology Institute with a full and comprehensive service in all aspects of Vascular Access (location and treatment of catheterizations, AVF treatment, including dialysis graft thrombectomy).
Urinary system - diagnostic and therapeutic tests (Nephrostomy, Nephrouretrostomy, Balloon Dilatation).
Biliary system – diagnostic and therapeutic tests (PTC – Percutaneous Transhepatic Cholangiography, PTCD – Drainage, Balloon Dilatation, Stent Placement).
Various body-organ biopsies and drainage (abscesses, gallbladder) guided by US / CT.
Breast Imaging Unit
Unit Head - Dr. Natalia Kochnovski
Head Radiographer - Tagrid Younis
The Breast Imaging Unit at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center is engaged in early detection of breast cancer, through the use of several forms of imaging - some of the most advanced and innovative in the field, depending on what is necessary: digital mammography, including tomosynthesis for screening and diagnosis, ultrasound, ultrasound-guided biopsy and mammography with tomosynthesis, marking prior to surgery, placement of clips prior to chemotherapy and more.
The institute uses the most advanced and innovative equipment, some of which is only available at very few large centers in Israel such as mammography with tomosynthesis and tomosynthesis-guided biopsy. In some cases, it is the only center in Israel with the equipment such as automatic robotic ultrasound to scan the entire volume of the breast.
Unit Director - Dr. Ronnie Sharter
Head Radiographer - Mr. Gad Ben Yitzchak
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a very powerful magnetic field and radio waves to conduct a noninvasive scan of the inside of the body, without the use of X-rays (ionizing radiation). One of the advantages of MRI, aside from the fact that it does not involve ionizing radiation, is that it is able to perform good distinction of soft tissues without harming body tissues. Furthermore, this imaging method enables the body to be scanned from various angles, without the patient having to change position.
The unit's services are available to the general public. To schedule an appointment, call 04-6188419. To receive the service, you must have a letter of referral from the attending physician and a letter of financial commitment from your medical insurer.
The waits for MRIs at Hillel Yaffe are especially short!
If you need to undergo an MRI,
ask your HMO for a referral to Hillel Yaffe.
To schedule an appointment call: 04-6188419