New Milford Hospital's Radiology Department puts advanced diagnostic imaging technology to work as a resource for all of hospital services. It provides general radiography, ultrasound, mammography, MRI, CT scans, nuclear imaging, and angiography. The state-of-the-art department performs more than 24,000 examinations each year. Our radiologists are board-certified by the American Board of Radiology and have advanced training in the latest diagnostic procedures and testing. Our technologists are certified, fully trained and dedicated to providing friendly service.
In the course of your evaluation and treatment for cancer, your doctors may ask you to have one or more of the following tests:
Chest X-rays may be performed to evaluate your lungs. For example, this test might be used to assess the heart and lungs before a woman undergoes surgery or chemotherapy for breast cancer. In some cancers, a chest X-ray is used to see how the disease is responding to treatment.
New Milford Hospital operates a state-of-the-art 64-slice CT scan, offer a reduction in radiation exposure of up to 40%. Low-dose CT scans are like X-rays, giving doctors information in two-dimensional slices, or cross-sections. During a CAT scan, you lie on a moving table and pass through a doughnut-shaped machine that creates a composite, synthesized image of the part of the body being studied. The CT scan can be used to assess whether the cancer has spread to other regions of the body. New Milford Hospital offers a low-dose 64-slice CT Scanner, providing some of the sharpest images, faster exams and up to 40 percent less radiation exposure.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive way to take pictures of the body. It uses powerful magnets that force hydrogen atoms in the body to line up in a certain way. This sends back signals as images that doctors can evaluate. For example, healthy tissue sends back a slightly different signal than cancerous tissue. New Milford Hospital uses a state-of-the-art open-bore 1.5 Tesla MRI offering a spacious opening ideal for larger or claustrophobic patients. It provides faster, high-quality scans with 60 percent of exams completed with the patient's head and feet outside of the bore. MRI provides doctors with much more information than a mammogram or CT scan. It provides a series of 3-D images, which can be lined up to show a part of the body in great detail. Combined with other diagnostic testing, an MRI gives your doctor a much better picture of a tumor. You've likely already seen pictures of an MRI machine, or have gone through the test yourself for something else. Patients lie quietly on a table that slides into the MRI machine. The test is painless, although sometimes patients who are claustrophobic might have some fear of being confined in the MRI machine. If this is the case, tell your doctor of your concerns. MRI helps evaluate the exact location and extent of a tumor; if lymph nodes may be involved, MRI helps evaluate for evidence of other sites of cancer in the body.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET scan)
PET scan is used to determine if there is evidence of cancer in other regions of the body. It may not be a necessary test for patients with very early cancer. Tests are performed by the Department of Nuclear Medicine and involve small amounts of radioactive material. PET scans can be used with other diagnostic tests to give doctors the most precise information and accurate diagnoses. Similar to an MRI, a PET scanner is a large machine that you slide into on a special table. The painless test takes about 45 minutes. If you have trouble with confined spaces, talk to your doctor first.
Follow-up for Diagnostic Imaging:
The final report from your CT scan, MRI, PET scan or X-ray will come from your physician, not the radiologist. Radiologists read and interpret the results with your physician. Your doctor will discuss results with you.
To schedule and confirm appointments, or for more information, call the Radiology Department at 860-210-5250.