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Imaging Technology Gives the Inside Peek

Latest imaging tools provide best insights to your body

Imaging Technology Gives the Inside Peek

Advances in imaging technology can give your doctor a clearer picture of your health, resulting in a more precise diagnosis and treatment plan. Here’s a snapshot of some of the latest tools available across Lehigh Valley Health Network.

3D mammography

Detecting breast cancer as early as possible is our mission. Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, makes diagnosing hidden breast cancer possible. During 3D mammography, 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 2D mammogram. 3D mammography is the only mammogram FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts.

Lehigh Valley Health Network offers 3D mammography at many locations throughout the region:

This screening technology is also used on Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute’s Mobile Mammography Coach. See where the coach will be next: Visit LVHN.org/MammoCoach.

Schedule your mammogram today: lvhn.org/mammo.

Outpatient CT scanner

If your health care provider recommends that you have a computed tomography (CT) scan, the Health Center at Palmer Township provides convenient access with an outpatient CT scanner. 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

The Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton 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.