How do you make high-tech imaging more patient-friendly? Move it into a spacious outpatient facility with convenient parking, helpful personnel and top-notch doctors. That's exactly what East Jefferson General Hospital did when it opened the East Jefferson Imaging Center (EJIC) in 2009. Located at the I-10 West Service Road and Clearview Parkway, EJIC offers same-day appointments for a full range of radiology services, including high-field open MRI, 64-slice CT, ultrasound and plain films. With rapid report turn around, the images and results are available online through the EJ MD Portal and Compas applications shortly after exam completion in most cases. Study interpretation by the subspecialized, board-certified radiologists of Radiology and Interventional Associates of Metairie (RIAM), who have access to patients' prior imaging studies from the main EJGH campus via PACS, results in high quality reports, designed to answer the clinical questions at hand.

It's well known that MRI, with its excellent contrast resolution, produces unequaled images of the soft tissues of the body. Recent concerns over medical radiation exposure make MRI (with its lack of ionizing radiation) even more attractive. However, up to 13 percent of all patients are too claustrophobic for the relatively tight confines of conventional MRI scanners, and a growing percentage of the population is physically too large to fit in the bore of the scanner. In years past, these patients were either unable to undergo an MRI at all, underwent general anesthesia for the procedure (with its associated risks) or were scanned on low field strength open systems, often with non-diagnostic results.

Rafael Figueroa, M.D.Undergraduate: Loyola University
Doctor of Medicine: University of Puerto Rico, 1996
Residency in Radiology, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, 2001
Fellowship in Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine, Tulane University Medical Center, 2002
Certified, American Board of Radiology
Specialty: Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine Imaging

Dr. Rafael Figueroa has been with East Jefferson General Hospital for nearly 10 years and has been the Vice-Chair of Radiology since 2008. He has been the Medical Director of the East Jefferson General Hospital Imaging Center (EJIC) since the facility's opening in 2009 and has been a vital part of the hospital's growth and outreach into the community.

Jeff EdgeThe East Jefferson Radiology Department welcomes Jeff Edge, the new Operations Manager of East Jefferson Imaging Center, hospital MRI, PET/CT and Radiation Therapy. Jeff brings a total of 15 years of radiology experience to East Jefferson, with eight of those years in an outpatient imaging setting. Jeff will be working to streamline outpatient imaging procedures and operations at the EJIC and on the main hospital campus. You can contact Jeff at the East Jefferson Imaging Center at 504-456-5944 or on his cell at 504-239-2602. He welcomes your positive feedback as well as any suggestions for improving your patients' and office staff's outpatient imaging experience.