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What is Contrast Material and How Does it Work?

What is Contrast Material and How Does it Work?
If you have ever undergone medical imaging, such as an MRI or CT scan, chances are good that you received contrast. MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) and CT ( computed tomography ) are types of medical equipment that creates image of internal organs and structures. Contrast material enhances and improves the quality of these images. Contrast materi...
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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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Susan Lucci’s Dramatic Close Call with Heart Disease

Susan Lucci’s Dramatic Close Call with Heart Disease
Susan Lucci is the picture of health – she's slim, she exercises and she eats the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. Her regular check-ups went well, routine EKGs showed no problems, and her blood pressure was on the lower end of normal. On the outside, she didn't seem to have any of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. On the inside, t...
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Digital Mammography may Improve the Detection of Breast Cancer

Digital Mammography may Improve the Detection of Breast Cancer
While many types of imaging have already shifted from film to digital formats, mammography has been one of the last to make the change. The results of a new study show that moving from film to digital mammography improved breast cancer detection in the United Kingdom by 14 percent. Making the switch did not increase the recall rates, which is the f...
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