Press Release

For Immediate Release
Apr 18, 2019
Contact : Kevin Israel, Hackensack Meridian Health  

Bayshore Medical Center Unveils New MRI Scanner


Holmdel, NJ - Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center unveiled its new MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner. This new scanner is a state-of-the-art machine that will greatly improve the patient experience while affording doctors increased imaging capabilities.

MRI scanners use powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to generate images of the internal organs. The new scanner, a top-of-the-line Siemens Magnetom Aera, 1.5 Tesla Scanner, offers an improved patient experience with shorter scan times, a quieter scan, and a more pleasant scanning environment.

“This new scanner is a great example of Bayshore Medical Center’s commitment to providing excellent healthcare to our patients,” said Frank Citara, Chief Healthcare Executive at Bayshore Medical Center. “This $1.3 million investment will allow us to better diagnose and treat our patients while reducing some of the difficulty that can typically accompany an MRI scan.”

This more comfortable unit can greatly increase the quality of scans due to a reduction in nervous movements and patient anxiety. Patients will also see an increase in more “head out scans,” improving the overall experience. The scanner features advanced noise reduction technology, which can reduce the noise level during some types of scans by up to 70%, and a patient audio system, allowing patients to listen to music during their scan.

The installation of the new scanner took nearly three months. During the transition, the hospital utilized a mobile MRI scanner which avoided an interruption of services to the patients. The mobile scanner was temporarily connected to the main hospital via a vestibule.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center

Bayshore Medical Center is a 211-bed not-for-profit community hospital located in Holmdel, New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including: emergency medicine, cardiac catheterization, surgical services, wound care, sleep services, diagnostic imaging, women's services with digital mammography, as well as a designated primary stroke center. Its’ Center for Bariatrics is one of the most comprehensive in the region offering free informational sessions, pre-surgical education and evaluation, personal guidance through the surgical process, nutritional support, exercise components and support groups. For more information, visit

About Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 34,100 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

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