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The Next Generation: "Open" MRI

A friend's experience... My friend Sharon who lives in Washington, DC called me with a medical problem: She recently started having mild backaches as well as the sensation of "lightening" shooting down her left leg. Her doctor in Washington was concerned she could have a herniated disk in her spine and he recommended an MRI to diagnose the problem. It was explained to her that an MRI is basically a large magnet that images the body.

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease

Due to our growing elderly population, dementia has become a major public health issue. Dementia affects 5% of people over the age of 65 and is estimated to affect 4 million Americans.

You Just Discovered A Breast Lump. What’s The Next Step?

Breast cancer is the most common malignancy affecting women and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. A woman’s chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime is 1 in 8.

Detecting Bone Disease At The Cellular Level

It is often the case that pain experienced by patients can be the result of bone disease.

Understanding The Ultrasound

Ultrasound

Cancer is a terrible and unfortunately all too common disease that will strike one in every three people. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1.5 million new cases of  cancer will be diagnosed this year alone in the United States. It is one of medicine’s greatest challenges to accurately detect and treat this devastating disease. The latest and most advanced weapon in this fight has been the development of the PET/CT.

CT Scans Reduce Lung Cancer Deaths Among Smokers by Over 20%.

5 mm lung nodule that couldn't be seen on a chest X-ray.  Proved to be cancer.

One of our greatest fears is the increased risk of lung cancer. According to the Center for Disease Control, people who smoke are 10 to 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke. The longer a person smokes and the more cigarettes smoked each day, the more that risk increases. Let us put this in perspective: in the United States, about 90% of lung cancer deaths in men and almost 80% of lung cancer deaths in women are caused by smoking.

Facts Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer

Each year about 240,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed (one every 2.5 minutes). Sadly, 40,000 women die from breast cancer each year (one death every 13 minutes).  Screening tests such as mammograms are the first weapon against breast cancer. Mammograms are all about early cancer detection. The earlier you catch the cancer, the earlier the patient can be treated and the more likely there will be a successful outcome. Providing our patients with the latest technology is the best thing we can do for them.

Are You At Risk Of Bone Loss?

Osteoporosis is a progressive, silent disease characterized by decreased bone density. This makes the bones more fragile leading to increased risk of fracture. Often there are no symptoms until fractures actually occur. In the United States, over 28 million people at this moment are at high risk of developing osteoporosis. Up to 1.5 million fractures a year are attributable to osteoporosis. This is this especially important for women because women are at greatest risk.

The Truth About Contrast In Radiology

One of the most common questions asked by my patients is about contrast. Contrast is used in radiology to outline body parts to provide greater detail to detect disease. Generally, there are two types of contrast--oral contrast and intravenous contrast. Oral contrast is ingested by the patient. Intravenous contrast is injected into the patient’s veins. Both are of great value in making diagnoses. Here are some of the more common questions asked about contrast:

Breakthrough In Cancer Detection!

Cancer is a terrible and unfortunately all too common disease that will strike one in every three people. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1.5 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year alone in the United States. It is one of medicine’s greatest challenges to accurately detect and treat this devastating disease. The latest and most advanced weapon in this fight has been the development of the PET/CT.

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