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PET/CT Scans Available in New Jersey

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Hunterdon Imaging, P.A. is proud to announce the expansion of PET services with PET/CT. This new technology combines two different types of imaging into one procedure. This equipment is a new imaging tool that is highly advanced by combining the premier technology from PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and CT (Computed Tomography). PET/CT is a very good tool for early and accurate tumor detection, as well as coronary artery disease and some neurological disorders. A very small amount of radioactive “tracer” (radionuclide or radioisotope) is injected into the vein. The radioactive “tracer” is tagged to a form of sugar that is used for energy by all cells in the body. Areas of abnormally high uptake of the “tracer” appear as brighter areas on the scan. This shows how far cancer has spread, how cancer is responding to treatment and also can help your doctor decide the best treatment for you.

We request that you arrive for your exam 30 minutes prior to your scheduled exam. Most exams require that you do not eat six hours prior to the procedure. You will be given instructions specific to your procedure by the center scheduling staff when making the appointment. They can be reached at 866-235-7226. Please advise the scheduling staff if you are diabetic when making the appointment as well as what type of medications you take to control your diabetes. Diabetic patients will have special scheduling and procedure preparations for the procedure. A glucose serum blood test may be taken on diabetic patients before the procedure. Please avoid wearing clothes that have metal snaps, buckles or zippers, it is best to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing. Prior to your procedure, we strong urge you to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have.

About the Exam:  When you arrive for your exam, once your paperwork has been completed, the PET/CT technologist will escort you to the mobile PET/CT unit, which is located on the Hunterdon Medical Center campus. You will be asked to change into a gown and a licensed technologist will administer the radioactive injection “tracer”. You will rest comfortably in a quiet room for up to 1 hour in order to give the “tracer” time to distribute through your body. You will be asked to empty your bladder just before the procedure begins. The PET/CT technologist will assist you onto a comfortable table where you will lie during the procedure. The table is connected to the PET/CT scanner. There is no sound produced when the scanner is in operation and the scanner is open on both ends. The table will move in small increments during the scan, allowing images to be taken of multiple areas of your body. You may feel a slight gliding movement as the table moves through the scanner. The PET/CT technologist will be in constant communication with you during the exam. The PET/CT technologist will be present in a nearby room for the entire procedure. The entire procedure generally takes approximately 3 hours. Once your exam is completed, a Board Certified radiologist will dictate the study and send the results to your doctor generally within 48 hours.

Hunterdon Imaging, P.A. is ACR accredited in PET/CT and participates in the National Oncologic PET Registry.

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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.