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Used to detect osteoporosis, bone densitometry – also known as bone DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorpitometry) – is a safe, accurate test for measuring bone mineral content. At Hunterdon Radiological Associates, our bone density scans are noninvasive, painless and can be completed in about 20 minutes. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 908-237-5395.

When Are Bone Density Tests Needed?

Each year, more than 1.5 million women face osteoporosis-related fractures across the nation. Per the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, bone densitometry tests are recommended for all women ages 65 and older, those with a higher-than-normal chance of fracture for their age and others with certain risk factors, such as:

  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Small body frame
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Low dietary intake of calcium
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Intestinal or hormonal disorders

What to Expect

Performed at our Brems Imaging Center – a freestanding medical diagnostic imaging center located at 1 Dogwood Dr. in Annandale, NJ – bone densitometry is a noninvasive procedure. During the exam, you’ll be asked to lie on a bone DEXA table. A scanner will move over the areas of concern, usually the lower spine and left hip, using two low-dose X-ray beams. After this 20-minute process, the computer will be able to determine bone mineral density. The lesser the bone mineral content, the higher risk of fractures.

Following your exam, you’ll be able to return to normal activities, and a report will be sent to your primary care physician.

Bone Density Scans at Hunterdon Radiological Associates

To learn more about the bone density scans at our Annandale, NJ office, check out our schedule, preparation procedures and insurance affiliates. Then, call us at 908-237-5395 to schedule an appointment.

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Why Regular Mammography Is Important

 

Mammograms are often the first line of defense against breast cancer, particularly in women over 40 years old. Mammography can detect irregularities in the breast up to two years before doctors are able to detect lumps during physical examinations. This means cancer can be detected earlier, and the chances of effectively treating and preventing the spread of cancer are much higher. At Hunterdon Radiological Associates, we offer both digital mammography and 3-D digital mammography, which is used in conjunction with regular digital mammography to provide an enhanced look at breast tissue in special cases.

How Do Mammograms Work?

Mammography uses a low-energy X-ray to digitally image the breast tissue. The X-ray highlights irregularities such as cysts or tumors. During a mammogram, each breast is placed between two plastic paddles and compressed. This flattens the breast tissue and allows our radiologists to capture a more accurate and thorough image. During a screening mammogram, two images are taken of each breast. Diagnostic mammograms are more thorough and take more images from several angles. Diagnostic mammograms are performed after abnormalities have been seen in a screening mammogram, if nipple discharge is present or when breast lumps have been found.

Who Should Be Getting Mammograms?

Women aged 40 to 74 should be receiving regular mammography. If there is a history of breast cancer in a woman's family, mammograms should be performed yearly during this time. Women with no family history should be receiving them every two years. Any woman who has found a lump in her breast or has other breast cancer symptoms may also require a diagnostic mammogram. Women over the age of 74 should discuss mammograms with their doctor prior to booking an appointment.

Men with symptoms such as lumps in the breast tissue or nipple discharge may also require diagnostic mammography.

Book Your Mammogram Today

We understand that screening can be a stressful time for many, so for a caring and sensitive experience, book a mammogram today at our Brems Imaging Center in Annandale, NJ. Check our exam schedule for available times and contact us via email or at (908) 237-5395 to set up your mammogram.