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Ultrasound in New Jersey

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Ultrasound is a safe, painless, non-invasive procedure that bounces high-frequency sound waves off parts of the body and captures the returning "echoes" as a picture of the interior body. There is no injection or radiation exposure associated with ultrasound. Brems Imaging Center in Annandale can perform the sonogram efficiently. Call Hunterdon Radiological Associates for a weekend or evening appointment as needed.

How Do Ultrasounds Work?

Ultrasound provides a safe and effective way of examining internal organs and diagnosing disease. It can capture moving images of pelvic and abdominal function, breast abnormalities, the male reproductive system, the kidney and thyroid systems, gall bladder, the liver, and pancreas. Conditions such as abnormalities of the blood vessels, tumors, cysts, and stones of various organs can be detected with ultrasound. Ultrasound can also be used to monitor disease processes that progress over time. Most dramatic is the use of ultrasound in prenatal care. Ultrasound can follow the growth and development of the infant and can accurately predict the date of delivery. Ultrasound can also determine the baby's position and determine whether twins or triplets are present.

Ultrasound can only be performed on structures that reflect sound waves. This includes the organs that contain solid tissue or liquid such as kidneys, gallbladder, scrotum, and thyroid.

About the Exam: Hunterdon Radiological Associates is an ACR accredited ultrasound facility with board-certified radiologists and board and state certified sonographers. During the exam, the sonographer will apply a conducting gel to the patient's skin and will slide a transducer over the area being scanned, while the radiologist is supervising the study. The images are instantly captured and displayed on a monitor and then transferred to film for a radiologist to review and interpret. These exams typically take 20-60 minutes.

Why Do People Get Ultrasounds?

Patients may require an ultrasound for various reasons, such as evaluation of a fetus during pregnancy or to diagnose gallbladder disease. The sonogram may also detect tumors of internal organs.

How to Prepare for Ultrasounds

Preparations vary depending on the area being examined. For some exams, you will be asked to avoid certain foods and beverages that produce gas. You may also be asked not to eat for a period of time and may be required to drink a certain amount of liquid. For detailed preparation instructions, please click on patient prep link below for a listing of the complete procedure.

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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.