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Multi-Slice CT Scan Exams in New Jersey

Hunterdon Radiology offers Multi-Slice CT scan imaging as a means of acquiring a direct image of soft tissue structures such as the liver, lung, spleen, pancreas, lymph nodes, and fatty tissues.

What CT Scans Identify

CT scans can be beneficial for identifying and tracking large abnormalities such as tumors. When applied to the head, it can be used to evaluate strokes, tumors, bleeding, and injuries. One can also be utilized to examine brain structures.

Doctors also rely on CT scans for imaging of bony structures such as the spine, facial bones, sinuses, and the skull.

What to Expect When Scheduled for a CT Scan

The exam usually takes from 10 to 30 minutes allowing for preparation as well as time for the computer to generate the images. You may be given special breathing instructions by the technologist at this time. Your actual x-ray exposure time will be minimal.

The steps of the test are as follows:

  • You will need to undress and put on an exam gown.
  • You will be asked to lie on the table, which will gradually slide through a machine that resembles a donut. This is called a gantry.
  • While in the gantry, an X-ray tube will travel around you and create computer-generated X-ray images. During the process of the examination, the patient will be able to see the technologist at all times and will be able to communicate via a two-way microphone.

Understanding Contrast

In some cases, prior to the exam, an X-ray dye injection, referred to as contrast, may be administered. It is used to outline blood vessels or add contrast to organs so the CT scanner can see them more clearly. This dye contains iodine and can result in allergic or adverse reactions in a minority of cases. If contrast is required for the exam, the patient will be given a consent form to educate him/her about this procedure, and his/her technologist will explain the injection procedure. Scans of the intestines sometimes call for the patient to drink a contrast media prior to the exam.

Please inform the technologist promptly if you have kidney or cardiac problems, asthma, or any known allergies to iodine or X-ray dye. If this is the case, you may be given a CT scan without contrast or an alternative examination such as an MRI or ultrasound. If an alternative examination is necessary, you will be rescheduled for another day.

Lung Screening

Lung Screening is also performed using a Multi-Slice CT Scanner. Patients benefit from the scanner's ability to identify lung tumors before they appear on a traditional X-ray. Lung cancer tumors are typically the size of an orange by the time they are discovered. The CT lung scan can detect lesions no bigger than a grain of rice. Medical studies have proven that cure rates are much better when the disease is found in the early stage.

Call us today for more information about scheduling your next CT scan.

 

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.