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Available at these locations:
3040 Amsdell Road
Hamburg, NY 14075
Multi-slice CT scans are available at our Hamburg location
CT imaging combines special X-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple cross sectional images or pictures of the inside of the body. This imaging technique is very sensitive and provides great clarity when studying internal organs, bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels, and reveals more details than regular X-ray exams. With this technology radiologists can more easily diagnose problems such as cancers, vascular disorders, infectious disease, trauma, and musculoskeletal disorders. 64-slice and multi-slice CT are effective and patient-friendly exams with shorter scan times.
CT Exams we offer include:
- Low Dose Lung Screening
- Cardiac Calcium Scoring
- Radiation Planning
- Renal Stone Protocol
- Sinuses (Image Guided)
- Soft tissue neck
- Temporal bones
CTA (Arteries) Exams we offer include:
- Aorta (Abdominal or Thoracic)
- Chest (Pulmonary Embolism Protocol)
- Circle of Willis
- Lower extremity (with Runoff/Legs)
- Upper extremity (Arm)
Specialized Exams we offer include:
- Cardiac Calcium Scoring
- Cardiac CTA
- Image Guided Sinus Scans
- Low-Dose Lung Cancer Screening
- Virtual Colonoscopy
Questions about CT Scans
Southtowns Radiology is proud to offer Phillips iDose technology on its 64-slice scanner for a reduction in radiation levels of up to 50%.
Radiation levels in CT scanning have been an increasing concern for physicians and patients in recent years. Exposure to radiation is an important concern for younger patients, women of childbearing age and patients whose diagnosis requires additional follow up scans.
This new iDose technology adds greater peace of mind for patients while actually improving image quality through O-MAR artifact prevention and increased spatial resolution. O-MAR technology reduces the artifact seen on images that results from orthopedic or metal implants in the body.
Preparations may vary depending on the exam ordered. This will be reviewed at the time of scheduling.
Whether you need a multi-slice CT, a low does CT, a lung screening, or other diagnostic imaging, we can help. Contact our medical professionals at one of our office locations below.
Southtowns Radiology is pleased to offer Phillips CT technology with iDose and O-MAR to improve image quality while reducing radiation dosage for scans. Artifacts from large metal objects such as orthopedic implants can be problematic in imaging. These artifacts typically result in loss of anatomical information, impeding visualization of tissue and critical structures. That is why Southtowns Radiology is offering the Phillips iDose4 Premium Package. iDose4, Phillips’ 4th-generation iterative reconstruction technique improves image quality through artifact prevention and increased spatial resolution. O-MAR reduces artifacts caused by large orthopedic implants. All of this is achieved while still reducing the radiation dosage up to 50%.
Cardiac Calcium Scoring
One short exam. One small price.
Southtowns Radiology is pleased to offer cardiac calcium scoring screening on our 64-slice CT. The cost of this exam is $200. This screening is a non-invasive way of obtaining information on the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries, the vessels that supply oxygen-containing blood to the heart muscle. Calcified plaque results from a build-up of fat and other substances under the inner layer of the artery. This material can calcify which signals the presence of coronary artery disease (CAD). People with CAD are at increased risk for heart attacks.
Questions about cardiac calcium scoring
The major risk factors of CAD:
- high blood cholesterol levels
- family history of heart attacks
- high blood pressure
- cigarette smoking
- overweight or obese
- physical inactivity
To prepare for the test, patients must refrain from caffeine and smoking for 4 hours prior. You may continue to take your usual medications. The test will be performed in a CT machine with a technologist. Patients will need to have three monitors attached to their chest. The technologist may need to shave a small area of the chest for men to adhere the monitor to the skin. Women may have to change if they are wearing a bra with metal in it. The CT scan is painless, fast and easy. The entire process will take about 10 minutes all together.
The total cost for cardiac calcium scoring is $200. Patients paying out of pocket may use cash, a major credit card or a health savings account (HSA) to cover their costs.
Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening
The United States Preventative Services Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (CT) in persons aged 55 through 77 with a 30 pack year history of smoking, who are currently smoking or have quit in the last 15 years. Southtowns Radiology is a designated lung cancer screening center through the American College of Radiology and offers the low-dose lung cancer screen test to Western New Yorkers with risk factors for this exam.
Questions about Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening
Evidence suggests that this screening program would detect approximately one half of lung cancer cases in an early stage, at which surgery with curative intent is an option. Right now, approximately 160,000 people die of lung cancer each year. This screening program could save about 20,000 lives per year.
People with these characteristics should consider low-dose CT lung cancer screening:
- Between the ages of 55—77
- Have smoked 30 or more pack years (One pack per day for 30 years equals 30 pack years)
- Current smokers or those who have quit within the last 15 years
- Does not have a history of pulmonary nodule, lung cancer or suspicious findings on past chest x-rays
The New York State Smokers’ Quitline
The NYS Smokers’ Quitline is a free and confidential service that provides effective stop smoking services to New Yorkers who want to quit smoking.
1-866-NY-QUITS or 1-866-697-8487
- Telephone coaching in English or Spanish
- A starter kit of FREE nicotine replacement medications
- Coaching and NRT coverage for at least two quit attempts per year
- A “click to quit” online smoking cessation service