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Diagnostic Imaging Center in New Jersey

Used to detect osteoporosis, bone densitometry – also known as bone DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorpitometry) – is a safe, accurate test for measuring bone mineral content. At Hunterdon Radiological Associates, our bone density scans are noninvasive, painless and can be completed in about 20 minutes.

To schedule an appointment, call us today at 908-237-5395.

When Are Bone Density Tests Needed?

Each year, more than 1.5 million women face osteoporosis-related fractures across the nation. Per the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, bone densitometry tests are recommended for all women ages 65 and older, those with a higher-than-normal chance of fracture for their age and others with certain risk factors, such as:

Family history of osteoporosis
Small body frame
Excessive use of alcohol
Smoking
Low dietary intake of calcium
Chronic liver disease
Intestinal or hormonal disorders

What to expect

Performed at our Brems Imaging Center – a freestanding medical diagnostic imaging center located at 1 Dogwood Dr. in Annandale, NJ – bone densitometry is a noninvasive procedure. During the exam, you’ll be asked to lie on a bone DEXA table. A scanner will move over the areas of concern, usually the lower spine and left hip, using two low-dose X-ray beams. After this 20-minute process, the computer will be able to determine bone mineral density. The lesser the bone mineral content, the higher risk of fractures.

Following your exam, you’ll be able to return to normal activities, and a report will be sent to your primary care physician.

Bone Density Scans at Hunterdon Radiological Associates

To learn more about the bone density scans at our Annandale, NJ office, check out our exam office locations, schedule and preparation procedures in the sidebar. You can also visit our patient information center for patient forms and insurance affiliations. Call us at 908-237-5395 to schedule an appointment.

Bone Densitometry Video

EXAM OFFICE
Brems Imaging
1 Dogwood Drive,
Annandale, NJ 08801

Monday: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Tuesday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Friday: 7:30am – 4:30pm
AM Saturday Appointments Available

Scheduling: (908) 237-5395

Preparation Procedures

Preparation for your bone density test.

-You may not take your calcium supplement the day of the test.

-Please come for your test metal free, do not wear any clothes that have any metal buttons, snaps, zippers etc.

What happens after the examination is completed?

After your exam is completed, the radiologist will render a written report to your physician.

Annandale, NJ CT Scan Clinic Performing Multi-Slice CT Scans

Visiting the CT scan clinic at Hunterdon Radiological Associates for multi-slice CT scanning provides doctors with the information that’s needed to effectively treat abnormalities in soft tissue, such as fatty tissue, the lymph nodes, and lungs. Our CT scans also provide doctors with a clear view of organ tissue such as the pancreas, liver, and spleen.

We believe in providing each patient who comes to us for imaging, such as a CT scan or ultrasound, with caring, compassionate service. We also understand you want fast results, and we work to deliver your scans as quickly as possible.

To schedule an appointment, call us today at 908-237-5395.

Conditions Identified By CT Scans

A large abnormality in soft tissue, such as a tumor, can be identified and tracked with the use of CT scans. These scans are also able to show the location of abnormalities within and on bony structures, such as the head and spine. Some examples of this use include:

Evaluating strokes
Identifying tumors
Locating bleeding within the skull
Locating a head injury
Exploring structures within the brain
Examining the spine from all angles
Finding damage in facial bones
Looking inside the sinuses

CT Scans For Lung Screening

Lung screening is one specific use for a multi-slice CT scanner, and it offers an exceptional benefit for patients. The benefit is that a multi-slice CT scan can pinpoint a lesion that’s as small as a grain of rice. Early detection means treatment can begin earlier, giving the patient a better cure rate.

Without a multi-slice CT scan, lung cancer tumors generally grow to be about as big as an orange before being detected. Traditional X-rays don’t offer the early detection ability provided by CT scans.

Conditions To Discuss With Your Technologist

If you’re allergic to iodine or the dye used for X-rays, it’s important to discuss it with your technologist before your procedure. Information about cardiac problems and asthma should also be discussed before your CT scan. If you have any of these issues, a different procedure may be offered on a different day, such as an ultrasound or an MRI. You may also be offered a CT scan without first being administered a contrast medium.

Contrast Mediums

Contrast mediums are a type of dye injection that makes blood vessels and organs stand out with greater clarity when scanned. It’s iodine-based, which is why patients who have iodine allergies need to mention it to the technician before the procedure begins. The technician from Hunterdon Radiological Associates provides more information about this when you’re preparing for a multi-slice CT scan.

A different type of contrast medium is required for intestinal scans. This type of procedure requires patients to drink the contrast medium rather than having it injected. Regardless of the procedure you’re having performed, we understand preparing for an imaging procedure may be stressful, and we take the time to make sure each patient knows what to expect.

The Basic Steps Of A CT Scan

While each procedure is unique based on patient needs, there are some basic steps for each CT scan performed. During the time the procedure is being performed, you’re able to see and talk to the technician at all times. This ensures you never feel alone during the procedure. Plus, if you have any complications or unexpected concerns, you’re able to talk to the technician immediately.

The basic steps of a CT scan include:

  • Removing your street clothes and putting on an exam gown
  • Stretching out on a table that eventually will pass through a gantry, which is the donut-shaped part of the CT scanner
  • Remaining still while an X-ray tube passes around you while you are inside of the gantry

Call The Hunterdon Radiological Associates CT Scan Clinic Today

The team of friendly, caring professionals at Hunterdon Radiological Associates is here to help with your imaging needs. We offer a variety of imaging services for diagnosing soft tissue conditions, and we make sure you get the results as quickly as possible. Call our Brems Imaging Center in Annandale today at (908) 237-5395 to speak with someone about your multi-slice CT scan needs and to schedule an appointment.

EXAM OFFICE
Brems Imaging Center
1 Dogwood Drive,
Annandale, NJ 08801

Monday: 9:00am – 6:30pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 6:30pm
Friday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
AM Saturday Appointments Available

Scheduling: (908) 237-5395

Preparation Procedures

Abdomen and Pelvis Exam (Except for Kidney Stone):

Exams scheduled between 9:00am and 3:30pm:
Please shake and drink half of the bottle of barium contrast material at 10:00pm the evening before your exam. Shake and drink one full bottle one hour before the exam. Please bring the remaining half bottle of barium contrast to your exam. You will finish drinking it before your study.

Exams scheduled 3:45pm and later:
Please shake and drink half of bottle of barium contrast material at 10:00am the morning of the exam. Shake and drink the other half one hour before exam.

Exams scheduled between 9:00am and 11:15am:
Have nothing to eat or drink after midnight before your study.

Exams scheduled 12:00pm and later:
Have a light breakfast with no dairy products before 9:00am.
Must pick-up prep for abdomen and pelvis studies at Brems Imaging Center or Kings Court Imaging Center.

All Other Exams (except abdomen, pelvis and sinuses):
Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours prior to appointment time.

Important Things to Remember:

Notify your physician and HRA’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 arrive for exam 10 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.

Digital Mammography in New Jersey

Mammography is one of the most important weapons in diagnosing breast cancer in women and men. Patients can expect only the best quality care from our staff when coming in for their mammogram. Early detection is the key to successful treatment. Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-energy X-ray beam that causes breast abnormalities such as cysts or tumors to stand out against the background of fatty tissue found in the breast.

To schedule an appointment, call us today at 908-237-5395.

Digital Mammography

Digital mammography is the most recent advancement in breast cancer prevention and detection. To get an idea of the difference between a digital and traditional mammography, consider the differences between digital and traditional photography. Digital mammography offers shorter exam times and better picture quality. In addition, the images are accessible immediately after they are taken. That way, the radiologist can review your images while you’re still in the exam room. If additional images are needed due to areas of suspicion or insufficient coverage, they can be taken during the same visit.

Our Mammography Services

Hunterdon Radiological Associates is ACR accredited in digital mammography. We offer both screening and diagnostic mammograms. A screening mammogram is for women who have no current problems. This mammography includes four views (two of each breast): a top-to-bottom view and a side view. However, since the structures within the breast may be superimposed, the radiologist may ask the technologist to do additional views, a cone down compression or a different angle. These views are done to spread out the structures so that the breast tissue can be better visualized. The screening mammography can assist in the detection of disease up to two years before the patient or physician can feel any lumps. Routine screening mammography should be obtained annually beginning at the age of 40.

Diagnostic Mammography

A diagnostic mammogram is used for women who currently have a problem such as a palpable lump, new pain in the breast, or nipple discharge. The scan can also be ordered after a regular exam screening has found an abnormality.

Understanding When to Schedule a Mammogram

Due to the advances in mammography technology, optimum breast imaging can be done during any part of a woman’s menstrual cycle. However, adequate compression remains a crucial part of a clear and visible study. Therefore, it is advisable to schedule your mammography at a time during your menstrual cycle when your breasts are least tender. By doing that, we can be sure to get the compression we need and not cause unnecessary discomfort.

About the Exam

During your exam, each breast will be compressed between plastic paddles in the mammography machine to optimize the quality of the mammogram. Breast compression is necessary in order to even out the breast thickness so all of the tissue can be visualized. Compression is also necessary to spread out the tissue so that overlying breast tissue won’t obscure small abnormalities. The thinner the breast is compressed, the lower the radiation dose and the easier it is to hold the breast still in order to eliminate blurring of the image caused by motion.

You will feel pressure as the breast is compressed. The technologist will work with you to obtain the best possible films. They will step behind a glass shield while taking the images, and will apply compression in gradations. Be sure to inform the technologist if you experience any pain.

Often, additional views will be required to complete your exam. Please do not be alarmed if we ask you to come back for more mammographic views or more tests. We are careful to complete your evaluation effectively. In most cases, these additional views verify a normal examination.

After your exam is completed, a board-certified radiologist will interpret your films, and a written report will be forwarded to the physician who ordered the examination. The patient will also receive a mammography letter with the results and recommendations for follow-up examinations.

The advances in technology have improved the image quality of each mammogram though results are not 100% accurate. Performing monthly breast self-examinations and having a yearly physician examination of the breast is still important. It is imperative while scheduling your appointment that you let us know about any old exams performed elsewhere.

View our exam schedule and contact us today to set up your next mammogram.

EXAM OFFICE
Brems Imaging Center
1 Dogwood Drive,
Annandale, NJ 08801

Monday: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Tuesday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Friday: 7:30am – 4:30pm
AM Saturday Appointments Available

Scheduling: (908) 237-5395

Preparation Procedures

Important Things to Remember:

Do not use powders, deodorant, ointments or creams on breast or underarms on the day of the exam.

Wear a two piece outfit.

Notify your physician and HRA’s staff if you think you are or if there is a chance you may be pregnant or breast-feeding.

Please arrive for exam 10 minutes early to verify registration information and provide further health information for your exam.

Bring your insurance card,  PHOTO ID, Dr.’s orders 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.

3D Digital Mammography / Digital Breast Tomosynthesis at Hunterdon Radiology

Hunterdon Radiology is excited to announce the arrival of 3-D digital mammography at the Brems Imaging Center in our Annandale/Clinton office. This recently FDA-approved technique is sometimes referred to as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis. This cutting edge technology is the latest innovative breakthrough in the detection of breast cancer. Digital mammography is one of the most important weapons in detecting breast cancer in women and men. Studies have shown that 3D Mammography can detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, with clearer images of dense breast tissue and greater accuracy in pin-pointing shape, size and location of any abnormalities. With fewer call backs and fewer false positives, the patient’s experience is much less stressful.

To schedule an appointment, call us today at 908-237-5395.

3D Digital Mammography Video
What is 3D Digital Mammography?

3D mammography uses low dose x-rays to create a three dimensional view of the breast. This new revolutionary state of the art technique gives radiologists the ability to view inside the breast layer by layer. This aids the radiologists in seeing fine details within the breast by minimizing overlapping tissues that could hide or mask abnormalities within the breast. This new technology does not replace the traditional 2-D mammogram; it is used in conjunction with in the same setting. By using low dose x-rays, the breast Tomosynthesis scanner rotates partially around the breast and takes images of the entire breast from different angles (typically 10-15 images). These images are known as slices. Once all the images have been taken, a state-of-the-art computer system assembles the slices into a 3D model of the breast. The radiologist can then view the breast, slice by slice. This technology is similar to a CT Scan. The amount of radiation the patient receives is the same amount as the 2D digital mammogram, which is below the government safety standards and meets the criteria of the American College of Radiology (ACR). Hunterdon Radiological Associates, P.A. makes the pledge to all of our patients to Image Wisely™.

What to expect during the exam

The 3D Digital Mammogram will be performed in conjunction with your Digital Mammogram. Chances are you will not even notice anything different from your 2-D digital mammography. The x-ray tube moves in a circular sweep around the breast. Although, no additional compression is needed, the exam will take approximately 4 seconds longer per view while in compression. During your exam, each breast will be compressed between plastic paddles in the mammography machine to optimize the quality of the mammogram. Breast compression is necessary in order to even out the breast thickness so all of the tissue can be visualized. Compression is also necessary to spread out the tissue so small abnormalities won’t be obscured by overlying breast tissue. The thinner the breast is compressed, the lower the radiation dose and the easier it is to hold the breast still in order to eliminate blurring of the image caused by motion. You will feel pressure as the breast is compressed. The technologist will work with you to obtain the best possible films. She will step behind a glass shield while taking the images, and will apply compression in gradations. Be sure to inform the technologist if you experience any pain.

Due to the advances in mammography technology, optimum breast imaging can be done during any part of a woman’s menstrual cycle. However, adequate compression remains a very important part of a clear visible study. Therefore, it is advisable to schedule your mammogram at a time during your menstrual cycle when your breasts are least tender. By doing that we can be sure to get the compression we need and not cause unnecessary discomfort.

Candidate Criteria and Costs

Your physician and our radiologists may recommend selected patients to be the leading recipients for this new technology, These may include those with dense breast tissue, patients with previous suspicious mammograms and patients with a family history or elevated lifetime risk of breast cancer. At this time, as with any new technology, this study is not reimbursable by all insurance companies. All patients are directed to check with their individual insurance companies. If the exam is not covered by an individual’s insurance a patient will be responsible for any charges not covered at time of service and also the patient will be required to sign additional forms.

Reporting your results

After your exam is completed, a board-certified radiologist will interpret your images, and a written report will be forwarded to the physician who ordered the examination. You will also receive a mammography letter with the results and recommendations for follow-up examinations.

About Hunterdon Radiology

Hunterdon Radiology strives to be at the forefront of advances in medical technology, using state-of-the-art testing equipment to provide faster and more efficient services to doctors and patients. We have three convenient New Jersey locations that offer flexible appointment times, including evening and weekend availability. Our board certified technologists and radiologists provide friendly, compassionate service to patients and quick test results to physicians.

Call us today to learn more about 3D Digital Mammography or to schedule an appointment!

EXAM OFFICE
Brems Imaging Center
1 Dogwood Drive,
Annandale, NJ 08801

Monday: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Tuesday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Friday: 7:30am – 4:30pm
AM Saturday Appointments Available

Scheduling: (908) 237-5395

Preparation Procedures

Important Things to Remember:

Do not use powders, deodorant, ointments or creams on breast or underarms on the day of the exam.

Wear a two piece outfit.

Notify your physician and HRA’s staff if you think you are or if there is a chance you may be pregnant or breast-feeding.

Please arrive for exam 10 minutes early to verify registration information and provide further health information for your exam.

Bring your insurance card,  PHOTO ID, Dr.’s orders 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.

Ultrasound Services In New Jersey

At Hunterdon Radiological Associates, we provide noninvasive, painless, and safe ultrasound procedures for our patients. An ultrasound works by using sound waves to produce clear pictures of the inside of the body. These pictures are called sonograms.

Although the definitions of ultrasound and sonogram are technically different, as ultrasound refers to the procedure as a whole and sonogram refers to the image it produces, the terms are often used interchangeably in the medical field.

To schedule an appointment, call us today at 908-237-5395.

What Is Ultrasound Used For?

Ultrasound is a useful tool for radiologists to help them see what is going on inside your body. They can be used to diagnose the underlying causes of pain, swelling, and infection within organs, including the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas. It’s also used in pregnant women to examine the baby, especially concerning their development, brain, and hips. Sonograms may also display the infant’s position inside the uterus and indicate whether triplets or twins are present.

Other uses for ultrasound include:

  • Finding breast abnormalities
  • Assessing problems with the male reproductive system
  • Detecting potential tumors within internal organs

Ultrasounds can only be performed on internal body structures that reflect sound waves. Organs that contain solid tissue all qualify for ultrasound procedures.

Benefits Of An Ultrasound At Hunterdon Radiological Associates

An ultrasound is a safe, painless procedure that uses no ionizing radiation or injections. Brems Imaging Center, part of Hunterdon Radiological Associates, can perform sonograms efficiently and at times most convenient for you. If you have a busy schedule, we can accommodate appointments on the weekends or evenings.

When you receive an ultrasound at Brems Imaging Center, you avoid potential long wait times at hospitals and have the opportunity to receive attentive, individualized medical care from our imaging experts.

EXAM OFFICE
Brems Imaging Center
1 Dogwood Drive,
Annandale, NJ 08801

Tel: (908) 735-4477
Fax: (908) 735-6532
Scheduling: (908) 237-5395

Monday: 7:30am – 6:15pm
Tuesday: 7:30am – 4:15pm
Wednesday: 7:30am – 4:15pm
Thursday: 7:30am – 6:15pm
Friday: 7:30am – 4:15pm
AM Saturday Appointments Available

Scheduling: (908) 237-5395

Preparation Procedures

Abdominal Ultrasound Prep:
Morning Exam: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
Afternoon Exam: Light breakfast before 8:00am with no dairy products.

Ultrasound Retroperitoneum Prep (Kidneys / Renal):
Morning Exam: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
Afternoon Exam: Light breakfast before 8:00am with no dairy products.
One hour before exam, you must drink 16oz of water and do not void.

Pelvic Ultrasound Prep:
2 hours prior to the appointment, you must drink 32oz of any non-carbonated beverage. It needs to be finished 1 hour before exam. Do not void. If scheduled for an A.M. exam drink 16oz of fluid before bedtime the evening before. This can be voided anytime before preparation begins.

Fetal Ultrasound Prep:
Up to 13 weeks: 2 hours prior to exam drink 32 oz of water and retain it. Finish water 1 hour prior to exam time. Do not void.
13 Weeks – 20 Weeks: 2 hours prior to exam drink 8-16oz of water and retain it. Finish water 1 hour prior to exam time. Do not void.
20 Weeks – Term: No prep necessary

Renal Doppler Prep (for hypertension):
Morning Exam: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
Afternoon Exam: Light breakfast before 8:00am with no dairy products.

No Preps are need for the following exams:

Breast Ultrasound
Carotid Ultrasound
Thyroid Ultrasound
Testicular Ultrasound
Lower Extremity Doppler:
Segmental Doppler Lower Extremity

Important Things to Remember:

Please arrive for the test metal free in a two piece outfit.

Please arrive for exam 10 minutes early to verify registration information and provide further health information for your exam.

Bring your insurance card, PHOTO ID, Dr.’s orders 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.

Clear, Accurate Digital X-Ray Images for New Jersey Patients

Hunterdon Radiology uses cutting-edge imaging technology and testing equipment to provide New Jersey patients and their doctors with clear, accurate images and test results. We utilize advanced digital imaging technology to take high-resolution digital x-ray images that save patients and providers time and money in treating and diagnosing health conditions.

To schedule an appointment, call us today at 908-237-5395.

What is a Digital X-Ray?

Think of digital x-rays as similar to digital photos. Before modern technology allowed us to snap photos and instantly view them on a digital camera screen, images had to be captured on film and processed in a photo lab before we could see how they looked. Digital x-rays work in a similar way; they are a technologically advanced alternative to traditional x-rays. The decreased cost of digital sensors has allowed the digital imaging process to be applied to x-rays in the medical and dental fields almost entirely eliminating the use of low doses of radiation to capture the images. The resulting high-resolution digital x-ray images provide crisper, more detailed views of the body, and they can be transferred digitally between providers or to insurance companies.

What Is a Digital X-Ray Used For?

Digital x-rays have the same applications as traditional x-rays without the limitations and disadvantages of the latter. They can be used to detect and diagnose a myriad of health conditions, allowing for the almost instantaneous reading of images on a digital display. Like other digital files, these images can be stored on flash drives or instantly sent via e-mail to providers and insurance companies, reducing the turnaround time of traditional x-ray testing.

Digital vs. Traditional X-Ray Images

Digital x-rays offer countless benefits over traditional imaging techniques. While traditional x-rays have generally been considered safe, digital x-rays require the use of 80 percent less radiation than traditional images. Since digital images are displayed electronically, they no longer have to go through the time-consuming development process, which uses chemicals that can be harmful to humans and the environment. This also means that the cost of producing x-rays is cheaper since radiologists no longer have to purchase expensive film, paper, or developer. Since the x-rays can be read immediately, doctors can provide faster diagnosis and treatment for patients. As a result of this faster process, more patients can be seen in a shorter period of time, leading to a high return on investment from the new system. Digital x-rays are also simply more convenient, easier to read in detail, and easier to send and store.

About Hunterdon Radiology

Hunterdon Radiology strives to be at the forefront of advances in medical technology, using state-of-the-art testing equipment to provide faster and more efficient services to doctors and patients. We have three convenient New Jersey locations that offer flexible appointment times, including evening and weekend availability. Our board certified technologists and radiologists provide friendly, compassionate service to patients and quick test results to physicians.

Call us today to learn more about our use of digital x-ray imaging or to schedule an appointment!

EXAM OFFICE
Brems Imaging Center
1 Dogwood Drive,
Annandale, NJ 08801

Tel: (908) 735-4477
Fax: (908) 735-6532
Scheduling: (908) 237-5395

Monday: 8:30am – 6:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 6:30pm
Friday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
AM Saturday Appointments Available

Scheduling: (908) 237-5395

Preparation Procedures

Important Things to Remember:
  1. 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.
  2. Please arrive for the test metal free; do not wear any clothes that have metal buttons, snaps, zippers, etc.
  3. Please remove all jewelry.
  4. Remove dentures and hearing aids.
  5. Please arrive for exam 15 minutes early to verify registration information and provide further health information for your exam.
  6. Bring your insurance card, PHOTO ID,  Dr.’s orders, and/or referral on the day of your exam.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
Wide-Bore MRI Scans In New Jersey

Wide-bore MRI scans offer an intriguing alternative for patients who struggle with traditional MRI systems. At Hunterdon Imaging, PA, we take pride in offering our patients an imaging option that’s both beneficial and less stressful.

To schedule an appointment, call us today at 908-237-5395.

What Is A Wide-Bore MRI Scan?

A wide-bore MRI system is basically a wider version of the standard closed-bore machine. While standard MRIs feature a 60-centimeter opening, wide-bore systems feature openings measuring up to 70 centimeters. That 10-centimeter difference can mean the world to patients who suffer from claustrophobia or have other concerns about a more enclosed space. The wider bore also helps accommodate patients who may not comfortably fit in a tighter-diameter system. In addition, the exam table is much shorter than in traditional MRI procedures. As such, patients are usually not completely in the tube.

Benefits Of A Wide-Bore MRI

Wide-bore MRIs also offer higher-quality imaging. When you’re looking for a clearer picture with optimal precision, wide-bore MRIs deliver. This is a major draw for doctors and patients looking for quick answers without the ambiguity that could come with other types of scans. It also helps prevent the need for repeat imaging, saving time and money along the way.

EXAM OFFICES
Brems Imaging – Hunterdon Imaging, P.A.
1 Dogwood Drive, Lower Level
Annandale, NJ 08801

– AND –

Hunterdon Imaging, P.A.
2100 Wescott Drive, MRI Suite,
Flemington, NJ 08822

Monday: 8:30am – 4:14pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 4:14pm
Wednesday: 8:30am – 4:14pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 4:14pm
Friday: 8:30am – 4:14pm

Scheduling: (908) 237-5395

Monday: 6:45am – 8:30pm
Tuesday: 6:45am – 8:30pm
Wednesday: 6:45am – 8:30pm
Thursday: 6:45am – 8:30pm
Friday: 6:45am – 8:30pm
Saturday: 7:30am – 3:00pm

Scheduling: (908) 237-5395

Preparation Procedures

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
Neurostimulator
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
Claustrophobia
Anxiety

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.

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a type of nuclear medicine used to assess all types of cancers, including metastatic diseases and tumors. At Hunterdon Imaging PA in New Jersey, we can help provide the accurate diagnosis and evaluation of your condition and suggest a plan of action to ensure you get the best treatment possible. By utilizing both PET and CT scans, we can receive detailed images of any abnormalities occurring in your body’s organs and tissues.

Our office offers a caring and friendly environment that’s an excellent alternative to hospitals, so you’ll receive more personalized treatment. We value each of our patients and work hard to serve your needs by offering quality, convenience and dedication to service. For more information, contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

To schedule an appointment, call us today at 908-237-5395.

Reasons For PET/CT Scans

PET/CT scans use radiation to evaluate organs and tissues at the cell level for the presence of any type of disease. They may also be used in some cases to see how well the heart, brain and other organs are functioning. PET/CT scans are most commonly used to detect cancer in its earliest stages to give you the best possible outcome for treatment. Sometimes PET/CT scans are used to investigate epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

At Hunterdon Imaging PA, we use PET/CT scans to generate detailed 3-D images of the inside of your body so we can see exactly how to approach treatment. These images are multidimensional and in color.

Effectiveness Of Treatment

PET/CT scans are extremely accurate at determining whether a tumor or mass is cancerous. In some cases when we perform the scan, we can eliminate the need for a surgical biopsy because the scan tells us if the tumor is benign, which is excellent for those who prefer a more noninvasive method of diagnosis and treatment.

What To Expect

When we schedule you for a PET/CT scan, we will perform the scan as an outpatient procedure. You’ll be required to fast for at least four hours before the procedure, but you should be sure to drink plenty of water. We can detail and offer all procedure instructions before we schedule the scan, including removing any jewelry.

Our physician will start the scan by injecting a small amount of radiotracer into a vein or directly into the organ. Typically, we will ask you to wait 60 to 90 minutes after the injection to give the radiotracer time to reach the targeted part of the body. We will also monitor you in a quiet room where you can lie down and relax. If you prefer, we can provide medication to alleviate anxiety.

We perform the scan in a special room where you will lie on a table that slides into a machine with a large hole similar to an MRI. The entire scan takes approximately 30 minutes and is not painful. One of our qualified practitioners will be close by to watch you during the scan in case you need anything.

After the scan, a radiologist will interpret the images and write up a report for one of our doctors. This process can take approximately 24 hours.

Contact Us

For more information on PET/CT scans and the available treatments we offer, contact our caring team of professionals at Hunterdon Imaging PA at 908-237-5395 or 908-788-6451

EXAM OFFICE
Hunterdon Imaging, PA
2100 Wescott Drive, MRI Suite
Flemington, NJ 08822
Telephone: (908) 788-6451
Fax: (908) 788-7292

Scheduling for PET/CT: 866-235-7226

Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

To schedule an appointment for PET/CT, Call: 866-235-7226

Preparation Procedures

PET/CT: PREPARATION PROCEDURES
You will receive your specific prep instructions at the time that you schedule your appointment.

Convenient Quality Care

We know that finding an appointment to fit your schedule can be challenging. We offer convenient evening and weekend appointments, and our experienced office staff works with you to accommodate your scheduling needs.