Hinsdale imaging service gets the picture
Molecular Imaging Certified Nuclear Medical Technologist Melissa Sallis cleans up the arm of Charles Dawe prior to injecting him with a radioisotope, which will help in identifying any cancer cells. | Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 4, 2012 10:30AM
Molecular Imaging of Suburban Chicago got both bigger and better when it moved about 14 months ago to the lower level of the building at 230 E. Ogden Ave. in Hinsdale.
The business was established in 2005 and provided PET/CT scans, which help doctors pinpoint the location of cancer in a patient’s body, both before and during treatment.
A PET scan images the biology of disorders at a molecular level, and a CT scan provides a detailed picture of the body’s internal anatomy. A PET/CT scan combines the two into a single scan.
Since the move to its new facility, Molecular Imaging has added open MRIs, digital X-rays and diagnostic CT scans to its offered services.
“We wanted to upgrade the facility to do multiple imaging,” said Rich Durante, senior marketing manager for the business. “We want patients to have the ability to have a one-stop option for imaging.”
Durante said the MRI machine used at Molecular Imaging is of the best in the area.
“It has some of the fastest scan times and greatest accuracy,” he said, noting that the scan time is about 30 minutes, compared to a usual time of 45 minutes. MRIs are often used to get a look at ligaments and tendons.
“X-rays give you a picture of the bones, but not of ligaments and tendons, anything soft tissue,” said Tony Sudduth, a technologist at Molecular Imaging.
About 60 percent of Molecular Imaging’s patients who come to the Hinsdale office live in the village, Durante said.
The business handles PET/CT scans for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital doctors.
“We have mostly physician referrals, and we make same-day appointments available when our patients need them,” Durante said. “We try to make things as easy and affordable as possible.”
Durante said everyone who works at Molecular Imaging makes a priority of having positive relationships with patients.
This office has eight employees; Molecular Imaging also has offices in Westchester, Bolingbrook, Orland Park and Wood Dale.
“We really do care about the patients as people,” he said. “Every patient is a family member to us, and it’s important to us to be a part of the community.”
Charles Sawe, 84, of Brookfield, has been a patient at the Hinsdale office of Molecular Imaging for about four years. He said the evidence supports Durante’s claims.
“They’re nice,” he said. “They seem to be very caring. They don’t come at you in a vicious way. They treat you like a person. I never feel mistreated here.”