New medical facility opens its doors in Ridgewood
by Kathleen Lees
Sep 26, 2012 | 5345 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Allium Diagnostic Imaging at 345 St. Nicholas Avenue in Ridgewood celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Sept. 21.

An affiliate of Greenpoint Diagnostic Imaging, the remodeled facility focuses on providing screenings in a personal environment with a fast turnaround.

Allium Diagnostic Imaging currently offers MRI’s, cat scans, X-rays, ultrasounds, mammograms, and bone density tests.

Dr. Michael L. Carlin, the medical director of Allium Diagnostic Imaging, said the area was underserved in terms of radiology.

“If you’re a patient, do you really want to sit in the hospital for hours?” Carlin said, who added that patients were helped quickly and all screenings were completed within a 24-hour period.

Representative for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Evelyn Cruz, came out to show her support for the organization.

“As you know, our public hospitals are really overwhelmed with the need for MRI’s, radiology imaging and mammograms,” Cruz said. “This is the opportunity to open doors for local providers.”

Cruz said she also believed the new facility would help business in the area.

Councilwoman Diana Reyna’s Chief of Staff, Antonio Reynoso, also expressed his support for the organization.

“Queens is a very diverse area and people deserve the proper care,” he said.

With an eye on the future, Carlin said staff are hoping to provide free cancer screenings to uninsured individuals at the facility.

Carol Delillo of Greenpoint Diagnostic Imaging said that at its two other locations in Rockland County and Greenpoint, individuals who were uninsured or undocumented could receive free cancer screenings, provided by Par Care and Greenpoint Diagnostic.

With the organization, uninsured individuals undergo OB/GYN and clinical breast examinations at Par Care and are then referred to Greenpoint Diagnostic for mammograms. High-risk individuals are also provided with free colonoscopies.

“I’m very elated to provide quality care to people who need it the most,” she said.
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