Diagnostics & Imaging

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Specialized Testing for Your Needs

Computer Tomography (CT): Low-Dose CT, sometimes called CAT scan, uses special x-ray equipment to obtain image data from different angles around the body, and then uses computer processing of the information to show a cross-section of body tissues and organs. RWJ Hamilton offers the latest, state-of-the-art low-dose CT, which requires less radiation than previous technology. This provides your physician with the same quality images for diagnostics, but with less risk and radiation exposure for you.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): MRI helps diagnose a broad range of conditions in all parts of the body, including heart and vascular disease, stroke, cancer and joint and musculoskeletal disorders. This painless, non-invasive technique uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field, rather than radiation, to provide clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues.

Nuclear Medicine: Nuclear medicine users small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and treat various diseases. The amount of radiation used in a typical nuclear medicine procedure is comparable to a standard diagnostic x-ray. Nuclear medicine offers procedures that are essential in virtually every medicine specialty, from cardiology to pediatrics, and includes the following procedures:

  • Bone scans
  • Nuclear stress testing
  • Hepatobility scan (HIDA)
  • Renal scan
  • Thyroid scan

PET/CT: RWJ Hamilton provides on-site PET/CT technology — the most advanced imaging technology available for cancer detection and staging. PET (Position Emission Tomography) is able to detect actively growing cancer cells, enabling the process of staging cancer, while CT (Computerized Tomography) provides a detailed anatomic image which demonstrates the size, shape and location of abnormal cancerous growths. RWJ Hamilton is the first in the region to offer this advanced technology. In addition, our program is accredited by ICANL — Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories.

CT (computer tomography), sometimes called CAT scan, uses special x-ray equipment to obtain image data from different angles around the body, and then uses computer processing of the information to show a cross-section of body tissues and organs.

As with other nuclear medicine procedures, a PET/CT scan requires a painless injection of a radioactive tracer called FDG. PET/CT scanning excels in oncology applications, but also has indications in cardiology and neurology as well. The benefits of a PET/CT scan include:

  • Earlier diagnosis
  • Accurate staging and localization
  • Precise treatment and monitoring

Ultrasound: A non-invasive procedure, ultrasound provides detailed images of soft tissue such as the abdominal area, breast, organs, muscles and blood vessels. Rather than using radiation, ultrasound uses sound waves that move through body tissue and convert into an electronic picture.

Vascular Lab: The vascular lab is designed for the examination of vessels (arteries and veins) using ultrasound equipment. Ultrasound uses sound waves and a computer to visualize the arteries and veins in different parts of the body.

For Your Convenience
Start by contacting the RWJBarnabas Health access center Monday through Saturday at 844.RWJ.4YOU. An access representative will facilitate scheduling and insurance pre-authorization for your convenience.