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Wide Bore MRI Magnet in New Jersey
 

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Hunterdon Imaging P.A. welcomes patients to benefit from our Wide Bore MRI Magnet machines in our Flemington and Annandale, NJ locations. Wide Bore MRI has established a new standard in patient comfort with an opening of 70 centimeters and one foot of headroom. This machine is ideal for the obese (up to 500lbs), elderly, children and the claustrophobic.

Benefits of Wide Bore MRI

There are benefits a Wide Bore MRI Magnet offers in favor of a traditional Closed-Bore scan. Patients who have difficulty fitting comfortably into the closed environment machine may find the Wide Bore MRI more comfortable. There is less of a claustrophobic feeling with this technique. Also, a Wide Bore MRI offers higher quality imaging, producing a clearer picture with more precise results.

Understanding the MRI Procedure

Before having your MRI, you need to make necessary preparations. You will be asked a number of questions which will help decide whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.

About The Exam

When you arrive for your exam, your clothing must be completely free of all metals. If not, you will be required to wear a gown. The MRI scanner is in an area that has been shielded from outside metallic fields. The scanner creates a magnetic field around you, then pulse radio waves are directed to the tissue in question. A device called a "coil" will be placed over or under you. It is specialized to produce the clearest picture of the area being scanned. When you are comfortably positioned, the table will move to the magnet. The technologist will step into the control area while staying in constant contact with you both visually and through the intercom.

As the scan begins, you will hear the equipment making muffled thumping or knocking sounds that will last for several minutes. Other than that sound, you should experience no unusual sensations during the scanning. The MRI will consist of several sequences that may last anywhere from 1-10 minutes (the average being 4 minutes) depending on the area being scanned. A complete scan usually takes about one hour; some scans take more than 90 minutes.

Certain MRI exams require an injection of a contrast material. This helps identify certain anatomic structures on the scan images. Movement causes the images to blur, in which case the whole sequence may have to be repeated. The technologist will explain to you ahead of time and throughout the scan when it is okay to move and when it is necessary to hold still. Be sure to tell the technologist if you are feeling anxious. There are many ways to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during this procedure.

Why Do You Need an MRI Scan?

An MRI is performed for numerous reasons, including detection of strokes, eye and ear disorders, aneurysms, and muscle damage. Patients with injury to the brain may also need this scan, as the high resolution will show the doctors a detailed image. The MRI may also show a detailed image of heart damage caused by a heart attack.

New Jersey residents can trust our team for a careful and accurate exam. At our locations in Annandale and Flemington, NJ, MRI scans can be scheduled with ease, so contact us today.

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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.