Multi-Slice CT Scan

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.

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.

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.