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Unlike an MRI exam, which uses radiofrequency energy, a mammogram uses x-rays to build images of the breasts for the purpose of detecting possible cancerous changes. By undergoing regularly scheduled mammograms, women can significantly increase the chances of detecting breast cancer early, which in turn increases the chances of survival.
There are Two Types of Mammography
Patients may undergo either screening or diagnostic mammography. Screening mammography is recommended for all women over a certain age and those with certain risk factors of breast cancer. This exam is performed despite the absence of symptoms such as breast lumps and skin changes that might indicate breast cancer. On the other hand, if a woman does observe possible cancerous changes, her physician will advise her to undergo diagnostic mammography. A diagnostic mammogram is intended to determine whether symptoms are indeed caused by breast cancer.
Not All Patients Require a Physician Referral
Unlike other imaging tests such as an MRI exam, not all patients require a referral from a physician for a mammogram. Patients who are at least 40 years old may have a screening mammogram, provided they have a physician who will receive the results. Patients who need a diagnostic mammogram and those who are under 40 do need a referral from a physician.
Mammography May be Paired with Other Exams
Sometimes, a physician may recommend pairing mammography with another exam such as an MRI exam or ultrasound. This may be appropriate for some women with dense breast tissue and those who are at an increased risk of breast cancer. Pairing a mammogram with another exam may help healthcare providers detect breast cancer.
Advanced Medical Imaging provides advanced screening and diagnostic exams to residents of Lakewood, Denver, and Boulder. Call us at (303) 647-6504 today to schedule an appointment for your annual mammogram. Or, visit our website to learn more about imaging scans, including MRI exams. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.
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Recent research indicates that coronary artery calcium scoring can be just as effective as cholesterol level assessments in determining who may be at a greater risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. With this non-invasive test, a physician can identify atherosclerosis on the basis of calcification in coronary arteries.
As you’ll learn by watching this video, some patients with normal low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels still may have high coronary artery calcium scores, which place them at a greater risk of life-threatening complications. By using coronary artery calcium scans to determine which patients should use statins, healthcare providers may be able to help patients reduce their risk of cardiovascular events.
Advanced Medical Imaging offers coronary artery calcium scoring to those in the Denver, Lakewood, and Boulder areas. If your physician has referred you to an imaging center for this exam, you may call (303) 647-6504 to set up an appointment. Additionally, patients can refer themselves for this study! Please not that most insurances to not cover coronary artery calcium scoring as it is seen as preventative medicine. At AMI, we offer coronary artery calcium scoring for $175 and cost-effective self-pay plans; we are contracted with most insurance carriers. For more information on coronary artery calcium scoring take a look at our brochure.
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Please join the AMI team on Sunday, September28th for this year’s Race for the Cure. You can register online at www.komendenver.org. Please click on “Denver Race” at the top of the page, then “Find a Team.” AMI can be found under “Advanced Medical Imaging.” Payment is by Visa or Mastercard. If you do not have a credit card, please see Lisa in Marketing.
Your Komen t-shirts and race tags will be mailed to the address you provide.
Any questions, please call at 303.621.4475.
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of diagnostic imaging that uses a very strong magnet and radiofrequency energy to create images of nearly any part of the body. This highly sophisticated machine has been used to diagnose countless potentially deadly diseases, allowing patients to receive swift care. If your doctor recommends that you get an MRI, you should know a few things about this imaging procedure.
MRI Is Safe for Most Patients
MRI is nothing to be afraid of. Though the tube shaped machine with openings at both end may appear imposing, it’s completely safe for the vast majority of patients. However, there are some people who should not undergo MRI, including people who are claustrophobic and those who have pacemakers, brain clips, cochlear implants, or other metal medical implants. For the sake of your own health, it’s important to be completely honest with your doctor so he can determine whether or not you should get an MRI.
MRI Can’t See Everything
Your doctor will likely go through a number of diagnostic steps before ordering an MRI. If your doctor makes a sound diagnosis after a physical examination, an MRI may not even be necessary. Depending on what type of injury or ailment you have, an MRI may not be the most accurate test. For example, an MRI can’t always identify advanced arthritis. For some conditions, an x-ray or CT scan may be more appropriate.
MRI Is Not a Treatment
Though an MRI can identify a broad range of conditions, it’s important to keep in mind that it is not a type of treatment. An MRI will merely provide detailed images of the affected area—it’s up to the presiding physician to analyze the images and come up with a detailed treatment plan.
Call Advanced Medical Imaging of Denver at (303) 647-6504 to learn more about MRI and other medical imaging procedures. We work closely with medical professionals throughout the Denver and Boulder areas, and our sophisticated equipment has helped with thousands of diagnoses over the years.
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Diagnostic ultrasonography involves the use of high-frequency sound waves to create images of the body’s internal structures. Believe it or not, ultrasound technology has been around for over 60 years, and has been used to great effect for decades. Modern ultrasounds can help evaluate the health of unborn children and aid with the diagnosis of a wide range of ailments.
The medical community’s interest in ultrasound technology goes back to the late 1940s, when a man named John Wild used ultrasound to determine the thickness of bowel tissue. The next big leap forward in ultrasound technology occurred in 1963, when an effective hand-held scanner was developed. Further developments in ultrasound technology have allowed doctors and technicians to see blood flow and determine the stiffness of a particular type of tissue. Ultrasound technology can even destroy cancerous tissue.
If you have any questions about ultrasound technology, call Advanced Medical Imaging at (303) 647-6504. We’re proud to provide ultrasounds, MRIs, and other imaging procedures at our Louisville, Golden, Thornton, and Denver imaging facilities.