General Health Screening

The Diagnostic Imaging services we provide include a variety of screening examinations to help identify variety of life threatening conditions or abnormalities affecting various parts of the body. Whether conducted routinely as part of a medical examination or based on lifestyle or family history, these screening services can identify or rule out the presence or absence of many serious conditions. They include:

  • Virtual Colonoscopy for Colon Cancer Screening
  • Coronary CT Angiography for Cardiac Risk Screening
  • Bone Density (DEXA) or Osteoporosis Screening for Bone Loss Assessment
  • Mammography for Breast Cancer Screening
  • CT Lung Screening for Lung Cancer

Virtual Colonoscopy For Colon Cancer Screening

Virtual Colonoscopy is a minimally diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a CT Scanner and specially developed computer software to produce 3D images of the colon (large intestine) covering the area from the rectum to its junction with the small intestine. The images produced are displayed on a computer screen and enable the radiologist to visually fly through the colon in search of polyps, lesions, tumors or other conditions or diseases. The screening procedure is much less invasive than a traditional colonoscopy, requires no sedation and is ideally suited for those unable to undergo a traditional colonoscopy.

Coronary CT Angiography For Cardiac Risk Screening

Coronary CT Angiography is an advanced and minimally invasive imaging procedure to evaluate both the heart and the coronary arteries using a CT Scanner with specially designed software. It is an especially useful 15-minute screening procedure for those individuals who are at risk for heat disease. The extremely fine detailed 3D images produced by the exam can show blockages or conditions that can lead to a heart attack to assess a patient’s risk for having one. Cardiac screening using CT Angiography is of benefit to patients with a variety of risk factors for heart disease such as family history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, diet and stress.

Bone Density (DEXA) or Osteoporosis Screening for Bone Loss Assessment

This exam, commonly called DEXA for the scientific name of the exam (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is a very low dose x-ray scan that measures bone mineral density to determine the degree of bone loss present in a patient. This non-invasive procedure is of great value in determining a patient’s potential for fractures or as a requirement for treatment. Typically bone density loss affects post- menopausal women but can occur in men and younger individuals with certain medical conditions. Bone loss is gradual and eventually increases making the bones extremely fragile and susceptible to fractures. The results of the study enable physicians to prepare appropriate treatments to counter the bone loss and further DEXA evaluations are used to track progress.

Mammography for Breast Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer Screening consists of an x-ray examination of the breast in asymptomatic women to look for breast cancer. For the vast majority of women, the screening is actually their yearly mammogram during which time a series of high-resolution digital images are taken of both breasts and then evaluated by a radiologist. The digital images produced provide information that is used to diagnose a variety of conditions including cancerous and benign tumors as well as cysts. Screening mammograms should begin at age forty and begin sooner if there is a family history of breast cancer. The value of breast cancer screening is that it provides the opportunity to diagnose breast cancer at its earliest stages when it is most curable.

CT Lung Screening for Lung Cancer

With lung cancer being the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in the US, screening for it is a valuable and potentially life saving tool. A CT lung screening procedure is noninvasive and painless and uses a CT Scanner with special multi-slice helical imaging software to produce high resolution images of a patient’s lung fields. Taking just 30 seconds, the cross-sectional images produced enable a radiologist to evaluate the lungs looking for extremely small cancerous or non- cancerous (benign) nodules or tumors that can not be imaged by conventional x-rays exams. The screening procedure provides the opportunity to diagnose malignant tumors in early stages when they are localized in the lungs and still curable. The procedure is recommended for individuals between the age of 50 and 80 who have had lung cancer, smoked, been repeatedly exposed to second hand smoke or who have been exposed to cancer causing agents such as asbestos, radon etc.

General Health Screen in Northern New Jersey

Contact Heart and Vascular Associates of Northern New Jersey at (201) 475-5050 to schedule a health screening, or you can schedule an appointment online.

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