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Patient’s Guide to Looking at an X-ray

Patient’s Guide to Looking at an X-ray
Almost everyone who has ever had an x-ray, or who has seen a show where a doctor slaps the x-ray film into the lighted box, has wondered how to read the image. Reading an x-ray may be easier than you think. X-rays use electromagnetic rays, which are a type of radiation. An x-ray machine emits these rays, which pass through the human body to reach a...
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Diagnosing Dangerous Blood Clots with PET/CT Imaging

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The results of a new study suggests that PET/CT imaging may do a better job of helping doctors diagnose dangerous blood clots than several other methods used today. Blood clots are normally a good thing – the formation of blood clots stop excessively bleeding. Sometimes, though, blood clots can pose a health hazard and can even be life threatening....
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American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) Issues New Mammography Recommendations: Reversing the Trend Towards Later Mammograms

American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) Issues New Mammography Recommendations: Reversing the Trend Towards Later Mammograms
Women at average risk for breast cancer should begin annual mammograms at the age of 40, according to new guidelines issued by the largest organization of breast surgeons in the United States, the American Society of Breast Surgeons ( ASBrS ). These new recommendations are different from those offered by other medical organizations. The American Ca...
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Everything You Need to Know about Varicose Veins

Everything You Need to Know about Varicose Veins
You probably already know that varicose veins are those twisted and enlarged veins that can appear on the lower legs. You might have already noticed that varicose veins are extremely common too – more than one-third of people in the United States have them, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery . If you are like many people, though, you may...
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3D Mammography Provides Special Benefits for Older Women

3D Mammography Provides Special Benefits for Older Women
Mammography is an effective breast cancer screening method for women ages 65 and older, but the results of a new study show that older women benefit significantly with the addition of a three-dimensional (3D) technique, known as tomosynthesis . The American Cancer Society says that doctors will diagnose more than 268,00 new cases of invasive breast...
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Cardiac MRI Accurately Identifies Fatal Heart Disease

Cardiac MRI Accurately Identifies Fatal Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), claiming approximately 610,000 lives each year. Doctors use a variety of tests, such as stress echocardiograms, catheterizations and stress nuclear exams, to detect heart disease, assess its severity...
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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both males and females in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is also the fourth most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the nation. Colorectal screening can accurately detect colorectal cancer long before the disea...
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Is it Safe to have an MRI Scan with Tattoos? Here is What You Need to Know.

Is it Safe to have an MRI Scan with Tattoos? Here is What You Need to Know.
Tattoos are gaining in popularity these days, with four in ten Americans sporting at least one tattoo, according to Statistica . People are more likely to get ink nowadays because tattoos do not carry the taboo they once held. Many people avoided tattoos because they worry that such body art might prevent them from getting a job. Today, some people...
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