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RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL IMAGING
Since 1943 Rhode Island Medical Imaging (RIMI) has been providing southern New Englanders with imaging excellence. RIMI has a network of 12 private state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging facilities across the state, staffed by over 70 board certified radiologists with broad-based experience and subspecialty training.
RIMI radiologists interpret imaging in Rhode Island at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, Roger Williams Medical Center, and Women & Infants Hospital, and most recently at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, MA. Most of RIMI’s radiologists are faculty members at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. RIMI has full service locations in Barrington, Cranston, East Greenwich, Lincoln, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence and Warwick as well as smaller sites in Coventry, East Providence, Lincoln (Wake Robin) and Warren.
RIMI invests in the best imaging technologies, including the first and most extensive 3T MR imaging network in Rhode Island, which means patients receive the highest quality images available today, faster exams and in more comfort than ever before. Patients who come to RIMI know that their Bone Density (DEXA), Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Mammography, Ultrasound, and X-ray results are the most accurate diagnostic results possible because they are reviewed by world class radiologists. The best healthcare depends on the quality of medical imaging and the physicians who read them.
RIMI radiologists are trained to look at complex images inside the human body and detect what is causing a patient’s symptoms. Typically, it is the RIMI radiologist who actually diagnoses any issues a patient is experiencing, which in turn provides the patient’s team of physicians the information that will help determine their best treatment. RIMI radiologists are different because they all have received extra training in special areas. For example, a brain MRI will be read by a neuroradiologist, a mammogram will be read by a women’s imager, and a sports injury will be read by a musculoskeletal radiologist. RIMI’s breadth of sub-specialty expertise is unmatched in Rhode Island.
RIMI’s physicians have also been entrusted to train the next generation of radiologists as faculty members of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Additionally, RIMI radiologists are leaders in imaging research and many of them present at conferences throughout the United States and worldwide.
RIMI opened a new Breast Imaging Center in East Greenwich this August. It has a warm and welcoming spa-like boutique feel and offers convenient breast healthcare to all Rhode Islanders. No other facility like this currently exists in the state.
RIMI's Breast Imaging Center in East Greenwich
At the Breast Imaging Center patients find fluffy pink robes (no hospital gowns here), hot and cold beverages and a staff of highly skilled physicians, who are specially trained to read breast images, ensuring patients get the most accurate diagnostic results possible.
Rhode Island Medical Imaging Breast Imaging Center radiologists. Top row: Elizabeth Lazarus, MD,
Susan Koelliker, MD, Robert Ward, MD, Z Liu, MD, Bianca Carpentier, MD, Martha Mainiero, MD,
Ana Lourenco, MD, Elizabeth Dibble, MD, Hanan Khalil, MD; Bottom row: Vincent DeCesaris, MD,
Linda Donegan, MD, Mary Hillstrom, MD. Not pictured: Shruthi Ram, MD, Mark Ridlen, MD.
3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, is done on-site. This procedure creates a series of extremely clear images of the breast tissue, including dense breasts, which makes it easier to see if there is anything to be concerned about. Breast ultrasound as well as breast biopsy are also performed here.
RIMI has the first non-hospital-based 3D tomosynthesis-guided Brevera Breast Biopsy System in Rhode Island. This advanced technology means patients will experience faster procedures, spend less time under compression and ultimately have a more positive biopsy experience.
Patients trust RIMI because they know that RIMI uses high quality technology, their images are read by highly trained doctors, and customer service is a top priority. The American College of Radiology (ACR) named RIMI one of the first outpatient diagnostic imaging Centers of Excellence (COE) in the country and the first in Rhode Island. The rigorous COE process takes accreditation to a much higher level and offers RIMI the unique ability to set the benchmark for superior quality in diagnostic imaging. As a COE facility, patients can be sure that RIMI:
Provides patients with the utmost confidence of receiving today’s highest levels of imaging quality, safety and care
Offers excellence at multiple levels – the professional staff, technology, policies and procedures
Has exceeded the standard requirements of accreditation
Has an ongoing process for self-assessment and improvement
The ACR award formally recognizes RIMI’s ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality of medical imaging in Rhode Island. RIMI’s outstanding radiologists combined with state-of-the-art imaging technology offers patients the ultimate diagnostic imaging experience – unrivaled by any other imaging center in the state.
FROM THE PRESIDENT
2018 is RIMI’s 75th anniversary and throughout these 75 years, RIMI has had a front row seat to the everchanging healthcare paradigm that has witnessed many other healthcare practices, clinics, and hospitals fall by the wayside. We have survived to this day because we have never lost our focus on providing the very best care to our patients. From cutting edge technology and treatments, to the best clinical staff and physicians, to top notch facilities and services, RIMI’s sole focus remains the patient. As we celebrate our first 75 years, I look forward to the next 75 years.
Dr. John Pezzullo, RIMI President
RIMI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rhode Island Medical Imaging (RIMI) has a network of 12 private state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging facilities that are staffed by over 70 board certified radiologists with broad-based experience and subspecialty training.
125 Metro Center Blvd.
Warwick, RI 02886
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