Medical Imaging of Lehigh Valley, P.C. (“MILV”) is a private radiology practice with its main location in Allentown, PA. In 1977, we established a private radiology practice known as ASH Radiology Associates, Inc., with seven radiologists providing service for Lehigh Valley Hospital (formerly Allentown and Sacred Heart Hospital). Our group continued to grow as services expanded at Lehigh Valley Hospital. In 1993 we merged our practice with Allentown Radiological Association, Inc., and our practice became known as Medical Imaging of Lehigh Valley, P.C. In 1999, our radiology practice became the provider of radiology services at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg and our group expanded once again.
As the Lehigh Valley market area has developed, and as Lehigh Valley Health Network has become a Level I trauma center and has expanded its specialty service lines and physician network, MILV has also developed its group of radiologists to meet these demands – both in the number of radiologists needed for the volume of work and also in the clinical areas that the hospital has developed over time. For example, in 2001, our group formed its own Nighthawk program to address the needs of emergency services at LVH. Today we have a team of nine radiologists who provide overnight coverage.
Our group has provided both leadership and clinical expertise in the development of Breast Health Services – an LVH program and the leading provider of women’s imaging in the Lehigh Valley. Our group has also developed a neurointerventional radiology program and we coordinate care with the neurology and neurosurgery programs at LVHN. MILV continues to be on the cutting edge of technology, implementing a successful cardiac imaging program with coronary artery CTA and cardiac MRI, and we have recently developed a virtual colonoscopy program (VCT). In MRI, we have developed both breast MRI and Functional MRI (fMRI) programs. In 2007, MILV began providing interventional radiology services at Pocono Medical Center and as of July 1, 2016, we became the exclusive provider of all imaging services for this center which includes outpatient imaging centers in East Stroudsburg, Bartonsville and Tobyhanna. In 2012, Lehigh Valley Health Network unveiled the Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital and MILV responded with a dedicated team including fellowship trained pediatric radiologists. In July 2013, MILV became the provider of imaging services at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown and took on the management of its outpatient imaging center as well. In January 2014, MILV became the exclusive provider of imaging services at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Hazleton. This includes the main hospital location along with the Health & Wellness Center in Hazleton Township and the new Health Center at Mountain Top. And in June 2014, we expanded our Lehigh Valley service area to include Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown which also operates an imaging center in Northampton, PA.
In addition, our group has been successful in operating a hospital joint venture outpatient imaging center which has been operational since 1988. The joint venture, Lehigh Valley Imaging, LLC (LVI), provides MRI, CT, PET/CT, Ultrasound, Bone Densitometry, Fluoroscopy and General Radiography modalities. It has several locations throughout Lehigh, Northampton, Berks and Luzerne counties, which offer convenient office hours, servicing over 1,200 referring physicians with a focus on patient and physician satisfaction. LVI has invested in emerging technology and facility improvements offering both 3T MRI and 64 Slice CT and digital imaging throughout the network. LVI is the fourth busiest MRI center in the state and was also the first outpatient center in Lehigh Valley to offer PET/CT. LVI has seen record growth and is considered the leading provider of outpatient imaging in our market area.
Today, MILV is the largest radiology group in eastern Pennsylvania and one of the largest private practice radiology groups in the nation. Our 70 radiologists provide services on over 800,000 exams annually and with our focus on the delivery of quality radiology services, we have become the provider of choice in our area. This focus on quality and service to our patients, physician community and hospital has allowed our group to recruit radiologists from first rate programs with excellent training and skill sets. Over the past five years, our group has successfully recruited multiple fellowship trained radiologists for the specialty areas of women’s imaging, interventional and neurointerventional radiology, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal imaging, cardiothoracic imaging, pediatric imaging and nuclear medicine.
Regardless of the size of our group, we continue to focus on quality, service and technology to provide superior service to our patients, clinicians and hospital.