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Transvaginal Ultrasound—Why It’s Recommended & What to Expect

Jul 17, 2018 4:06:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Most people are familiar with transdermal ultrasound exams, during which the ultrasound transducer is passed over the surface of the skin to produce images of internal structures. To assess issues related to the female reproductive system, however, doctors sometimes recommend a transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS). This procedure involves placing a specially designed transducer into the vagina to produce clearer images for the assessment of some conditions. 

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Topics: women's ultrasound

What Should I Know About MRI?

Jul 8, 2018 8:10:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

If your doctor recommends an MRI, it’s important to understand both the value of the procedure to your health care plan and the risks it may pose. Below are the basics you should know about MRI before you come to your imaging appointment.

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Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Can Cause Chronic Pain

Jun 29, 2018 10:59:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Many women experience pelvic pain during their lives. Often, this is a predictable aspect of menstruation. However, persistent pelvic pain that’s not related to the menstrual cycle can have a wide range of causes, including conditions related to the bowels, urinary tract, and reproductive organs. To investigate the cause of chronic pelvic pain, doctors commonly conduct a physical exam and recommend lab and/or imaging tests.[1] One common cause is a condition known as pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) or ovarian vein reflux.

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Topics: pelvic congestion syndrome

How Does a Radiologist See Breast Cancer on Mammography & Ultrasound?

Jun 20, 2018 4:38:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

When you look at mammography or ultrasound images, you might wonder how radiologists make any sense of them. How can they identify potential cancers in those Rorschach tests of gray and white? While even the most advanced imaging technology doesn’t allow radiologists to identify cancer with certainty, it does give them some strong clues about what deserves a closer look. Today we’ll discuss a few things that radiologists are on the lookout for when examining mammography and breast ultrasound images.

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Topics: mammography

June 11–17 Is National Men's Health Week!

Jun 11, 2018 8:25:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Since 1994, the U.S. has recognized National Men’s Health Week in order to raise awareness of preventable disease in men and boys as well as the benefits of early detection and treatment. The joint resolution that established this designation cited the threat of cancers and other diseases and recognized that men tend to visit their doctors less often than women. In 2002, representatives from six leading men’s health groups from various nations came together and agreed to launch International Men’s Health Week. Each year, health care providers and policy makers around the world work to encourage men and boys to get regular checkups and care for their health.

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Topics: health tips

Celebrate Life on National Cancer Survivors Day

Jun 2, 2018 11:57:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

National Cancer Survivors Day, recognized on the first Sunday in June, is an annual celebration of life for those who have been touched by cancer. It’s a time for cancer survivors to connect, celebrate victories, and raise awareness of the need for resources and support after cancer treatment.

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Topics: cancer, health tips

Should I Worry About Needing Follow Up After My Mammogram?

May 24, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

No!

Worry is understandable. You were probably expecting the standard letter in the mail saying your mammogram was normal, but instead, you got a call from your doctor. Take a deep breath, and understand that the vast majority of mammography follow up does not result in a cancer diagnosis. In fact, more than one in ten women may be called back after a screening mammogram,[1] but fewer than one in ten of those women are found to actually have cancer.[2]

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Topics: mammography

It's National Women's Health Week!

May 15, 2018 10:34:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Beginning on Mother’s Day each year, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s health leads the recognition of National Women’s Health Week. This creates an opportunity to encourage women to prioritize their own health and take steps to care for themselves. Use it as an excuse to take the time this week to think about how you can show yourself some well deserved love and support your good health.

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Topics: health tips

Why Consider Bone Density Testing?

May 6, 2018 8:23:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

What is bone density testing?

Bone density testing, also known as DEXA (an acronym for dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scanning, is a way of assessing bone mineral density using advanced, low-dose X-ray technology. It’s commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition involving gradual loss of calcium that causes bones to thin and become more vulnerable to breaks, and osteopenia (decreased bone mass).[1]

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Topics: DEXA

What Should You Know About Mammography?

Apr 26, 2018 8:50:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

You’ve probably heard that one in eight women develops breast cancer during her lifetime. Steps such as staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, and limiting alcohol consumption can help reduce your risk, but even the healthiest lifestyle is no guarantee against breast cancer. Major medical associations including the American College of Radiology, the Society for Breast Imaging,[1] and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network[2] recommend annual mammography screening for women who are at least 40 years old and at average risk for breast cancer.

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Topics: mammography

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