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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.

Why Doctors Order MRI Scans for Brain Injuries (Concussions, Migraines, TBIs)

Why Doctors Order MRI Scans for Brain Injuries (Concussions, Migraines, TBIs)

by Stephanie Meadows
If you have ever heard of or seen a person who has experienced a concussion, you may have heard it referred to as simply a bruise to the brain. Or, maybe after you have been hit in the head, and were told that you are fine, or to just walk it off. However, receiving a blow to the head can be both scary and dangerous. Although short-term symptoms do not always show right away or may subside rather quickly, that doesn’t mean that later on down-the-road the effects of a concussion or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) won’t be long-term. In fact, symptoms and effects from head injuries can last for years afterwards.

The Difference Between Digital Mammography and Film Mammography

The Difference Between Digital Mammography and Film Mammography

by Stephanie Meadows
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, and the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. In fact, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast examinations and screenings are an important way for women to participate in their healthcare for the detection of breast cancer. Forty percent of breast cancer cases are first detected when the woman feels a lump in her breast, according to Johns Hopkins Medical Center. If you feel a lump, it is crucial that you go to the doctor to get a mammogram to get checked out.

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.

The Science Behind Ultrasound

The Science Behind Ultrasound

by Yenny (SU)
Modern ultrasound machines help doctors to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, injuries, and disorders. And while ultrasounds are on the leading edge of medicine today, the science behind them first came to light in 1794. That’s when an Italian biologist by the name of Lazzaro Spallanzani discovered that bats use soundwaves to help them navigate, even in total darkness. The original ultrasound systems were actually invented so that inspectors could detect industrial mistakes or flaws in the metal of transport ships. It was later adapted to provide crude images in Glasgow hospitals in the 1950’s. And the rest, as they say is, history.

Digital X-Rays and False Positives

Digital X-Rays and False Positives

by Stephanie Meadows
While diagnostic imaging is ultimately the best way to see what’s going on inside the body, there is still a possibility that these tests can create false positive results for patients. Both diagnostic tests (X-rays, MRI’s) and screening tests (Mammograms) are necessary when checking for cancer, but sometimes it can be said that they see too much. It is said that tests and early treatment can help with early detection and allow a person to get the proper form of treatment. However, as it turns out, imaging scans such as digital x-rays may result in a false positive result, where imaging results look like cancer, but may not be at all.

Do Mammograms Save Lives?

Do Mammograms Save Lives?

by Stephanie Meadows
In medical news, there has been a lot of controversy and changing opinions surrounding breast cancer screenings (mammograms). But the truth remains that these screenings do save lives, as early detection can help give you an accurate diagnosis that allows the doctor to give you the correct form of treatment, if necessary. There should be no controversy, as women should be encouraged to be screened every year starting at the age of 40. Even in the case of a false positive, where mammograms show potential cancer when there is no actual cancer, a second opinion or further testing can help figure things out. What would be worse would be no testing, and letting cancer develop to a deadlier sta

The Benefits of Digital X-Rays

The Benefits of Digital X-Rays

by Stephanie Meadows
Medical radiology all started when a man by the name of Wilhelm Röntgen discovered what is called the X-ray in 1895. At the time, Röntgen was exploring how electrical rays can pass from an induction coil through a glass tube. In a completely dark room, the tube was covered in black paper, and he noticed that a screen that was covered in florescent material became illuminated by the rays created from the glass tube.

What is a digital Mammography?

What is a digital Mammography?

by Shearly (SU)
Both men and women tend to have their own unique wellness tests that are such an important part of life, that it can sometimes mean life or death. For women, the importance of scheduling mammogram imaging, and the benefits and peace of mind that comes with it, has proven to be very substantial. Cancer, and specifically breast cancer in this case, is one of those killers that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially if there is a proven test to help diagnose or rule it out before it becomes out of hand.

The Complete Guide to DEXA Bone Scans

The Complete Guide to DEXA Bone Scans

by Stephanie Meadows
So you’ve been told by your doctor you need a DEXA bone scan. What is it? Is it uncomfortable? How should you prepare? Read on for the answers to these and more questions on DEXA bone scans.

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