Imaging and Diagnostics
Advanced Imaging Technology
Our diagnostic imaging teams use state-of-the-art technology to accurately diagnose your medical condition and assist in developing the appropriate treatment plan.
Imaging Services and Technology
Our imaging specialists work with your medical team to provide an accurate and precise diagnosis using the latest technology, including:
- Abdominal ultrasound: An abdominal ultrasound is used to assess the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, spleen, and abdominal aorta.
- Breast health imaging:
- 3D digital mammography: A 3D mammogram takes multiple x-ray images of the breast and provides a clear and detailed view of breast tissue.
- Breast ultrasound: Used to help diagnose an abnormality detected during a physical exam or mammogram.
- Breast MRI: A breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields to create an image of the breast and is used to screen for breast cancer in women with a higher-than-average risk.
- Bone densitometry: Also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or a bone scan, this x-ray technology is used to measure bone density and bone loss.
- Chest CT angiogram: An angiogram of the chest uses a special dye and camera (fluoroscopy) to take pictures of the blood flow in the blood vessels in the chest.
- Contrast studies: Contrast studies use a special dye to enhance X-ray images of parts of the body that are difficult to view with a conventional x-ray.
- Coronary angiogram: An imaging test that looks at the arteries that supply blood to your heart to diagnose the cause of chest pain or other symptoms. You may also be able to receive treatment during this procedure.
- CT: Computed tomography (CT) scans take cross-sectional images of soft tissue or skeletal anatomy inside your body.
- CTA: Computed tomography angiography (CTA) combines a CT scan with an injection of a special dye to create images of blood vessels and tissues in your body.
- Diagnostic ultrasound: Also called sonography, this test uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body.
- Fluoroscopy: Fluoroscopy uses contrast dye to view moving parts of the body, producing an “x-ray video.”
- Head and neck CT angiogram: An angiogram of the head and neck uses a special dye and camera (fluoroscopy) to take pictures of the blood flow in the vessels of the head and neck.
- MRA: Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create a series of thin slice images of areas in the body.
- MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnet and radio waves to diagnose all types of conditions and is especially useful for detecting brain and spinal disorders.
- Nuclear medicine: A type of imaging that uses very small amounts of radioactive material to show your organ structure and function.
- PET-CT: Positron emission-computed tomography (PET-CT) produces highly sophisticated images that show cell function within the body along with internal anatomy. These are used to diagnose cancer, heart disease, and brain disorders.
- X-ray: An x-ray is a quick and painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body.
- Vascular ultrasound: A vascular ultrasound uses soundwaves to see the blood flow in your veins and arteries and detect blockages.
Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Imaging Services
- We are accredited by the American College of Radiologists. This means our facilities meet the highest level of patient safety standards and image quality.
- Benefits of our high-field MRI scanners include shorter scan times as well as the ability to see smaller details of your body.
- We follow the guiding principle of ALARA for radiation safety. ALARA stands for “as low as reasonably achievable.”
- We offer imaging services at 18 locations across New Jersey with patient-friendly outpatient settings, prompt scheduling and ample parking.
- Walk-in x-ray services are available at most locations.
- Most imaging results are available within 24 hours.
- We offer the flexibility of extended evening and weekend hours.
- JFK University Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to operate a new portable MRI that allows clinicians to obtain neurological images of critically ill patients at the point of care quickly and conveniently.
- Jersey Shore University Medical Center has just added the latest MRI technology as part of a new 4,100-square-foot MRI suite within the medical center.
- Hackensack University Medical Center uses a unique test to detect problems with blood flow caused by coronary artery blockages.