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Early detection is critical for cancer patients, and it’s the reason why doctors recommend routine screening for breast and colon cancers via mammography and colonoscopies. Now, guidelines are in place to provide for the early detection of lung cancer. In 2014, the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) issued guidelines that recommend annual screening for certain individuals considered to be at a high risk of lung cancer. The early detection test involves low-dose computed tomography technology.
If you smoke cigarettes or have used tobacco in the past, you can talk to your doctor about whether this test is right for you. The guidelines recommend the annual screening for patients who are between the ages of 55 and 80. Ideal candidates either currently smoke or have quit smoking within the previous 15 years. They also have a 30 pack-year smoking history, which is the equivalent of smoking one pack a day for 30 years.
Advanced Medical Imaging is pleased to offer lung cancer screenings to those in the Lakewood, Denver, and Boulder areas. If you feel you are a candidate for a lung cancer screening, please consult your primary care physician. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.
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Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is the medical term for compression of the spinal cord. When pressure is exerted on the spinal cord, you may notice a range of symptoms including discomfort and impairment of basic functions. If your doctor suspects you could have cervical spondylotic myelopathy, he or she is likely to recommend that you visit an imaging center to have an MRI exam, X-rays, or myelogram.
Discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor and mention how long you’ve experienced them. In addition to pain and stiffness in the neck, patients with CSM typically suffer from loss of balance and trouble walking. They may display a wide-based gait. You could also experience tingling and numbness as a result of the compression on your spinal nerves. You may notice that you often drop objects or have trouble lifting them, or that you have difficulty with tasks that require fine motor skills, such as handwriting.
CSM occurs when the spinal canal narrows and the posterior longitudinal ligament thickens. Typically, osteophytes, or bone spurs, will form in the area. These changes result in the compression of the spinal cord. Some of the potential underlying causes and risk factors of CSM include inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cervical disc degeneration, and trauma to the neck.
The first step toward a diagnosis of CSM is a physical exam at your primary care provider. Your physician will evaluate symptoms such as abnormal reflexes, weakness, and numbness. Then, you’ll likely be referred to an imaging center. At this facility, you may have diagnostic tests such as X-rays, an MRI exam, and a myelogram.
Advanced Medical Imaging is the radiology provider of choice for physicians and patients throughout the Denver, Lakewood, and Boulder areas. If you need to schedule an MRI exam, X-ray, or other diagnostic test, you can contact us at (303) 647-6504. We also invite you to explore our website to learn more about your upcoming MRI exam. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.
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Often, breast cancer is detected when a patient goes to an imaging center for a routine screening mammogram. If this mammogram detects any abnormalities, the patient may be referred for additional testing. In other cases, patients go to their doctors because they’ve found a lump or another abnormality in the breast area. The doctor will refer the patient to an imaging center for a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI.
When you watch this video, you’ll hear an oncologist describe the different methods of breast cancer diagnosis. In addition to discussing MRIs and other imaging tests, she explains the differences among the various types of biopsies.
Advanced Medical Imaging maintains a fully equipped breast center with full-field digital mammography, ultrasound, MRI, and biopsy services. Residents of Boulder, Lakewood, or Denver can contact us at (303) 647-6504. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.