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Mammography:

Mammography Saves Lives –
1 in 6 breast cancers occurs in women aged 40 -49

Early detection is crucial with breast cancer. Mammography is the best available method of detecting breast cancer, long before physical symptoms are discovered by you or your doctor.

75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history and are not considered at high risk.

If you are a woman over 40, it’s important for you to schedule a mammogram with Radiology Associates. All Radiology Associates mammograms are performed on state-of-the-art digital equipment with Computer Aided Detection (CAD).  The CAD system highlights areas of density, mass or calcification, alerting the radiologist to any areas that need further analysis.   

Screening mammography is routine testing done yearly beginning at age 40 for most women.

Routine Screening Mammography is for women who have no symptoms.

Diagnostic Mammography is typically ordered for a woman who has felt a lump or experienced a change in her breast during her monthly self breast exam or during a physician’s examination. A diagnostic mammogram may be performed if a radiologist determines additional information is needed following a screening mammogram.  All diagnostic mammograms are interpreted while you wait by one of our board certified radiologists and you will be notified of the results before you leave.  A radiologist will be available to answer any questions you may have about the results.

Often there’s a need for additional imaging. We’ll discuss the results and put you at ease by answering all of your questions.

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is a low dose x-ray of the breast used to detect and evaluate breast changes. Technology has advanced a lot since the mid 1980’s, and modern mammographic equipment is digital.

Our mammography machines are “full field digital”, which means we use computers for enhanced image quality.

One key benefit of digital mammography is it allows the radiologist to see electronic images on a special high-resolution monitor and compare your mammogram with previous examinations.

An annual mammogram is your best defense against breast cancer.

Our goal at Radiology Associates is to provide you with a high level of patient care in a supportive environment.

Our professional technologists will make you feel comfortable by answering all of your questions before the exam, making you feel confident that you have made the right choice…Radiology Associates.

How to Prepare for a Mammogram

If you had a mammogram previously done at another location, please contact that facility and have a copy of your exam sent to you or directly to us. Please bring it with you if you receive it directly. Refrain from applying lotions, deodorant, powders or perfumes around the breast and underarm areas.

Ultrasound:

What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a safe, painless method for examining the internal organs that avoids the use of radiation.  High-frequency soundwaves are utilized to produce images.  These images are then utilized to measure size, to detect structural abnormalities, to determine whether a lump is solid or fluid or to assess fetal age and development during pregnancy.

Ultrasound imaging is a medical procedure that captures images of organs and tissues in the body. It is safe and painless.

At Radiology Associates, all of our ultrasound examinations are performed by a registered and experienced technologist.

Our goal at Radiology Associates is to provide you with the highest level of patient care and image quality in a caring and supportive environment.

Our professional technologists will make you feel comfortable by answering all of your questions before the exam, making you feel confident that you have made the right choice…Radiology Associates.

How to Prepare for an Ultrasound

Obstetrical Ultrasound (less than 20 weeks) and Pelvic Ultrasound with or without Transvaginal

Empty your bladder and then drink at least 32 ounces of fluid (water, tea or juice) 1 to 1 1/2 hours before your appointment.  DO NOT EMPTY YOUR BLADDER until your examination is completed.  You must have a full bladder for your examination.

Transvaginal Ultrasound

No preparation is required.

Abdomen, Abdominal Aorta, Gallbladder, Pancreas and Liver Ultrasound

Nothing to eat or drink after the midnight before, and until your examination is completed. 

Prostate Ultrasound

Give yourself a Fleet enema 2 hours before your examination.  Empty your bladder and then drink at least 24 ounces of fluid (water, tea or juice) 1 1/2 hours before your examination.  DO NOT EMPTY YOUR BLADDER until the examination is completed.  You must have a full bladder for your examination.

Bladder Ultrasound (Male)

Empty your bladder and then drink at least 24 ounces of fluid (water, tea or juice) 1 1/2 hours before your examination.  DO NOT EMPTY YOUR BLADDER until your examination is completed.  You must have a full bladder for your examination.

Renal Ultrasound

No preparation is required.

Bone Densitometry:

Osteoporosis is a debilitating bone loss condition that affects one in three women after menopause.  Osteoporosis typically afflicts women, but men, too, can develop bone loss.

What is Bone Densitometry?

Bone Density Scanning is used to diagnose osteoporosis and any future risk you may have in developing fractures. It is quick, painless and noninvasive.

Bone Density Scanning, or bone densitometry, is an enhanced x-ray that measures bone density or bone loss.  Also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) is today’s standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).

A baseline scan is recommended for women at age 50 or post-menopausal.

Our goal at Radiology Associates is to provide you with a high level of patient care in a supportive environment.

Our professional technologists will make you feel comfortable by answering all of your questions before the exam, making you feel confident that you have made the right choice…Radiology Associates.

How to Prepare for a Bone Density Scan

Do not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before the exam. Dress comfortably avoiding garments that have zippers, belts or buttons made of metal.

CT:

What is a CT Scan?

CT Scanning — also called CAT scanning which stands for Computer Axial Tomography — combines x-ray with a sophisticated computer to produce a three dimensional image.  It provides much greater clarity and detail than an ordinary x-ray.

These detailed, cross-sectional images are reviewed by our board certified radiologists.

Unique to Radiology Associates is an unparalleled approach to patient safety with CT. We have paramedics on site who oversee all contrast injection studies.

Radiology Associates uses a non-ionic contrast agent which reduces the chance for adverse patient reactions.

Radiology Associates also uses BISMUTH shielding which reduces radiation exposure.

Our goal at Radiology Associates is to provide you with a high level of patient care in a supportive environment.

Our professional technologists will make you feel comfortable by answering all of your questions before the exam, making you feel confident that you have made the right choice…Radiology Associates.

How to prepare for your CT Scan

Please arrive at our Metacomet office 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Abdomen and Pelvis CT scans

Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours before your examination.  Drink one 15 ounce bottle of CT contrast 2 hours before your examination; one half bottle of CT contrast 40 minutes before your examination; and bring the remaining bottle of CT contrast to our office with you.  Continue fasting until your examination is completed.

CT Scan of Any Other Body Part WITH Intravenous Contrast

Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours before your examination.  Note:  Continue taking your medications with a small amount of water.

CT Scan WITH NO Contrast

No preparation is required.

 

X-Ray:

Radiology Associates offers convenient service by appointment or walk-in.

What is an X-Ray?

An “X-Ray” is an image of a part of the body. Like a camera pictures can be taken at all angles by sending small amounts of radiation through the body.  At Radiology Associates, our analog X-Ray images are converted to digital images, which provides greater clarity and detail for the interpreting radiologists.

Our goal at Radiology Associates is to provide you with a high level of patient care in a supportive environment.

Our professional technologists will make you feel comfortable by answering all of your questions before the exam, making you feel confident that you have made the right choice…Radiology Associates.

How to Prepare for an X-Ray

No preparation is required.

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