While making your MRI appointment you will be asked the following questions. If the answer is yes to any of the questions, there may be a chance you might not be a candidate for MRI.

Have you ever been treated for cancer?
Is there a possibility you are pregnant?
Are you currently breast-feeding?
Are you a metal worker by occupation or hobby?
Did you ever have anything removed from your eyes? (such as metal shavings or rust particles)
Did the doctor say they were completely removed?

Do you have any of the following?

Cardiac pacemaker
Implanted cardiac defibrillator
Aneurysm clips
Carotid artery vascular clamp
Insulin or infusion pump
Implanted drug infusion device
Bone growth/fusion stimulator
Cochlear, otologic or ear implant
Any type of prosthesis (eye, penile, etc)
Heart valve prosthesis
Artificial limb or joint
Electrodes (on body, head or brain)
Intravascular stents, filters or coils
Shunt (spinal or intraventricular)
Vascular access port and/or catheter
Swan-Ganz catheter
Any implant held in place by a magnet
Transdermal delivery system (Nitro)
IUD or diaphragm
Tattooed makeup (eyeliner, lips, etc.)
Body piercing(s)
Any metal fragments
Internal pacing wires
Aortic clip
Metal or wire mesh implants
Wire sutures or surgical staples
Harrington rods (spine)
Metal rods in bones
Joint replacement
Bone/joint pin, screw, nail, wire, plate
Hearing aid (Remove before MRI exam)
Dentures (Remove before MRI exam)
Breathing disorder
Motion disorder

Important Things to Remember:

Notify your physician and HIPA's staff if you think you are or if there is a chance you may be pregnant or breast-feeding.
Please arrive for the test metal free; do not wear any clothes that have metal buttons, snaps, zippers, etc.
Please remove all jewelry.
Remove dentures and hearing aids.
Please arrive for exam 15 minutes early to verify registration information and provide further health information for your exam.
Bring your insurance card, PHOTO ID,  Dr.'s orders, and/or referral on the day of your exam.
Bring prior x-rays or scans from other imaging centers with you on the day of your exam, if you are instructed to do so.
Make sure all account balances that are patient responsibility are paid in full.
You can check your account with our billing department by calling (908) 806-2700.


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.