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Imaging Technology Gives the Inside Peek

Latest imaging tools provide best insights to your body

3-D mammogram

Detecting breast cancer as early as possible is our mission. Tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography, makes diagnosing hidden breast cancer possible. During tomosynthesis, an arc of X-ray images is taken of each breast. The images are reconstructed into a three-dimensional image. This allows the radiologist to evaluate the breast layer by layer, helping to distinguish a true mass from overlapping tissue, as well as helping detect smaller lesions that may be hidden on a conventional 2-D mammogram. Tomosynthesis is the only mammogram FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts. Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton now offers 3-D mammography. It is also offered by Breast Health Services at LVH–Cedar Crest, LVH–Muhlenberg, LVH–17th Street, Health Center at Bartonsville, Health Center at Bethlehem Township, Health Center at Moselem Springs, and Health Center at Trexlertown. Schedule your mammogram today: lvhn.org/mammo.

Outpatient CT scanner

The Health Center at Palmer Township now offers an outpatient computed tomography (CT) scanner, giving you access to the imaging care you need right in your neighborhood. During a CT scan, the X-ray beam takes images from different angles around the body, allowing many different views of the same organ or structure in much greater detail. Information is sent to a computer and a radiologist interprets the data displayed on the monitor to provide a diagnosis of the images of the body.

Nuclear Medicine Camera

LVH–Hazleton now also offers the GE Optima NM/CT 640 scanner, which is part of the nuclear medicine suite. This hybrid imaging tool integrates the latest generation general-purpose camera with a newly developed four-slice CT scanner. The digital X-ray it produces provides high-quality diagnostic images that are more detailed than standard X-rays, using a lower dose of radiation in half the usual time.