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PET Scans & Bone Scans For Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

PET Scans & Bone Scans For Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

by Stephanie Meadows
Cancer is a very frightening prognosis, and can take quite a toll on the body. That’s why it is important to diagnose cancer as soon as possible, with the hopes that a malignant tumor can be found and dealt with before it metastasizes. When cancer becomes metastatic, the cells start spreading throughout the body, making the task of finding and fighting cancer much more difficult. The process of determining how developed a person’s cancer is, and what type, is called staging. The staging process assists the doctor in understanding a patient’s cancer prognosis and in making the most accurate pathology report; and if diagnosed with cancer, it aids them in deciding what kind of treatment is best.

The ABC's of Imaging: The Difference between XRay, UltraSound, MRI, CT Scan

The ABC's of Imaging: The Difference between XRay, UltraSound, MRI, CT Scan

by Stephanie Meadows
When doctors need to get a better look at what’s going on in their patient’s bodies, they will often refer them to receive some type of diagnostic imaging. However, there are different types of diagnostic imaging exams, where the resulting images, or pictures, will help your doctor in making an accurate diagnosis, and choosing the best treatment plan.

What is a DaTSCAN™?

What is a DaTSCAN™?

by Natalie (SU)
If your doctor has recommended a DaTSCAN™, also commonly referred to as a “SPECT Scan” or a “Brain SPECT Scan,” this article will help you and your family to understand what a DaTSCAN™ is, how to prepare for it, and what to expect on testing day.

6 Ways to Relieve Stress During an MRI

6 Ways to Relieve Stress During an MRI

by Shearly (SU)
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans are readily utilized by medical professionals to diagnose a variety of problems. The procedure, which is safe and painless, involves laying on a table which slides into the MRI machine. As with any medical procedure, an MRI scan can cause anxiety or stress in a patient. That’s why we created this helpful list of things you can do to relieve your stress during an MRI.

Diagnostic Imaging Options Vary by Condition

Diagnostic Imaging Options Vary by Condition

by Shearly (SU)
At one time, standard X-rays were considered state-of-the-art imaging. Discovered over a century ago, doctors marveled as they were suddenly able to peer into living bodies without cutting them open to see inside. Now, there are X-Rays that can literally build a 360-degree, 3D model of your entire body. From digital mammograms to computed tomography (CT) scans, to angiograms and MRI’s, and advanced fluoroscopy technology, the human body is being mapped in ever more detailed and precise ways with less risk than ever.

Spotlight Independent Imaging: Best Diagnostic Services in Wellington

Spotlight Independent Imaging: Best Diagnostic Services in Wellington

by Bevon Findley (SU)
“Patient centered care”. It sounds nice, but what does it really mean? While it may be a catch-phrase to some, to us it means that we build our services around your real life needs. It means that set out every single day to earn the title of best diagnostic services in Wellington and the surrounding areas. It is not just a slogan. Patient centered care is a cornerstone of who we are.

Dealing with Unexpected Imaging Results

Dealing with Unexpected Imaging Results

by Rismary Cabrera
Victoria had been experiencing pain up under her ribs for some time. She grew extremely tired and was losing weight. She had a very active routine and was, to all outward appearances, extremely healthy. After ignoring it for several weeks, she finally went to her doctor. The initial lab work did not reveal anything, but her doctor was nevertheless concerned. After performing a complete exam, he ordered a CT scan to rule out every possibility. At 28 years of age, Victoria was shocked by the results.

Do I Need a Cardiac Stress Test?

Do I Need a Cardiac Stress Test?

by ih-ini admin
If your heart is not functioning properly due to low blood flow or a blockage, this could cause symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue, and possibly lead to a heart attack. A cardiac stress test can diagnose heart conditions to help you live a longer, healthier life.

What is Nuclear Medicine? Is It Safe?

What is Nuclear Medicine? Is It Safe?

by ih-ini admin
Most people have never heard of nuclear medicine, but it is a very valuable piece to the puzzle when trying to determine a diagnosis and/or function of a specific organ. Despite it’s daunting name, nuclear medicine is not dangerous.

3D Mammograms – Benefits and When to Get One

3D Mammograms – Benefits and When to Get One

by ih-ini admin
3D mammograms improve the accuracy of results by 10%-30% when compared to traditional mammography. They only take a few seconds longer and produce superior image quality that makes it easier to spot abnormalities.

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