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Scanxiety Is Real, but You Can Take Steps to Reduce It.

Nov 9, 2017 8:23:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

You may have heard the term “scanxiety” used to refer to the often intense feeling of anxiety and fear that can surround imaging exams, particularly for patients who have or have had cancer. While scan-related anxiety has not traditionally been a primary concern in cancer treatment, it is gaining attention as an aspect of the illness that deserves more attention.

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Topics: cancer, CT scan

MRI vs. CT Scan: What’s the Difference?

Feb 12, 2017 9:39:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

When your doctor orders an imaging test, you may well wonder why they select one type of imaging over the other. MRI and CT (or CAT) scans can be used for similar purposes, and several factors play into the decision to use one over the other.

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Topics: MRI scan, CT scan

My Doctor Ordered a CT Scan. What Should I Know?

Jun 16, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

If your doctor has ordered a CT scan, you may have lots of questions: Why do I need a CT scan? Why not use another type of imaging? Are there risks involved? Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about CT imaging. Make sure to get satisfactory answers to all of your specific questions before you consent to any medical procedure.

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Topics: CT scan

CT Scans: Weighing the Risks and Benefits

Oct 31, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

A CT scan can be an important diagnostic tool, but like most medical procedures, it carries a degree of risk. It’s important to understand how the procedure works and consider the risks and benefits before deciding with your doctor whether it’s right for you.

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Topics: cancer, health tips, CT scan

MRI vs. CT (CAT Scan): Which is Best for My Brain Imaging Needs?

Oct 25, 2014 10:04:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

MRI Whether an MRI or CT scan is more appropriate for your imaging needs depends on several factors.  Considerations include whether the need for imaging is emergent; the conditions or body parts being examined; your age, size, and ability to calmly remain still in an enclosed space; potential adverse reactions to contrast agents; and cost of the procedure.

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Topics: MRI scan, CT scan

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