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Mammography provides physicians with the means to detect breast cancer before a self-examination or clinical examination reveals it. This video explains who should undergo a mammogram.
Breast care experts typically recommend that women under the age of 40 who do not have an above average risk for breast cancer conduct monthly self-examinations and get yearly clinical examinations. However, because the risk of breast cancer increases with age, women who are 40 or older should undergo annual mammograms. Given that mammography can uncover suspicious growths that may be malignant, it can potentially save the lives of women who receive early cancer detection.
At Advanced Medical Imaging, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers. For more information on our mammography services for Denver, Lakewood, and Boulder residents, call (303) 647-6504.
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Heart disease can often go unnoticed until a major health event such as a heart attack happens. That is why physicians might recommend preventive screenings so that patients know their heart disease risk before such a condition occurs. A heart scan is one such procedure that can help doctors better assess the overall cardiovascular health of their patients. If one or more of the following scenarios apply to you, you may want to talk with your physician about getting a heart scan.
You have chest discomfort.
Chest pain is a condition that can have many causes. Digestive distress can trigger acid reflux, which can produce chest discomfort. A high pollen count can lead to an asthma attack and likewise produce chest pain. If your physician rules out these potential causes of discomfort, though, he might advise a heart scan. A scan can determine if your chest pain stems from angina, a condition that occurs from the presence of narrowed coronary arteries.
Lifestyle habits can factor significantly into the development of heart disease. Even if you eat nutritiously and exercise regularly, the use of tobacco products can be enough to put you at risk for heart disease. So if you do smoke, or you have an extensive smoking history, your doctor might determine that a heart scan is necessary to assess your cardiovascular health.
You suffer from hypertension.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can substantially damage the arteries of the heart. Excessive force against the arteries can cause them to weaken over time. Hypertension can also lead to the formation of small tears in the arterial walls that eventually scar and encourage the collection of plaque. All of these factors can increase your risk for a heart attack, making a heart scan a valuable test that could help you and your doctor formulate a wellness plan to avoid this condition.
Do you have heart disease risk factors that warrant a heart scan? Advanced Medical Imaging offers this procedure for Denver, Boulder, and Lakewood residents. To learn more, call (303) 647-6504. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.
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Mammograms are X-rays of the breasts. Physicians generally recommend that all women aged 40 and older undergo mammograms on an annual basis. If you’re anticipating your first visit to an MRI center for a mammogram, you may have a few questions about the exam. You can call the MRI center ahead of your appointment or talk to your physician about what you can expect.
What Are the Different Types of Mammograms?
Mammograms are classified as screening or diagnostic mammograms. If you’re heading to an MRI center for your annual mammogram, you’re undergoing a screening mammogram. These are routine tests performed to check for the presence of abnormalities despite the absence of symptoms that may indicate breast cancer. On the other hand, if you have noticed possible abnormalities, your physician may refer you to an MRI center for a diagnostic mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram may also be performed as a follow-up for a previous mammogram that revealed abnormalities.
Do I Need a Physician Referral?
Women who are 40 years or older may schedule a mammogram at an MRI center without having a referral from a physician. However, you do need to designate a physician to receive your results. If you’re younger than the age of 40 and you’re concerned about your risk factors for breast cancer, your physician will need to refer you to an MRI center.
Do I Need to Bring Anything?
In most cases, you do not need to bring anything. If you’ve previously had a mammogram and your upcoming appointment is at a different MRI center, you’ll need to arrange for your old images and reports to be transferred to the new center.
At the comprehensive breast center at Advanced Medical Imaging, our radiology staff strives to help each patient feel comfortable during her exam. Our MRI center prides itself on our high standards of patient safety and on providing extensive patient education. Residents in Denver, Lakewood, and Boulder can reach our MRI center at (303) 647-6504. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans for MRI exams and are contracted with most insurance carriers.
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Getting an annual mammogram at an MRI center has long been considered the gold standard for the early detection of breast cancer. However, thanks to improvements in technology, mammography has become even more accurate. Some MRI centers have begun offering 3D breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammograms. Many experts have begun recommending that women receive these 3D mammograms in addition to the 2D digital option.
This new technology works by taking multiple x-rays of the breast as the imaging machine moves in an arc. Then, a computer translates the information into 3D images. These multiple images enable radiology professionals to evaluate layers of breast tissue from various angles. This provides a much clearer image of areas of potential concern. The radiology technologist can more accurately detect the location, size, and shape of any abnormalities. This new technology is particularly beneficial for women with dense breast tissue since it is typically more difficult to detect abnormalities in very dense tissue.
The more accurate images of 3D breast tomosynthesis means that some women with breast cancer may be diagnosed earlier than they otherwise would have. Experts generally agree that the earlier cancer is diagnosed and treated, the more favorable a patient’s outcome is likely to be. Early diagnosis may also enable some women to undergo less invasive treatments. For example, a lumpectomy may be an option instead of a mastectomy.
Fewer False Alarms
The greater accuracy of the 3D technology has another important benefit for women. It lends itself to fewer false alarms, or call backs. When a potential abnormality is detected, women are asked to return to the imaging center for additional tests. However, a call back does not automatically mean that a woman has breast cancer. The call back may lead to unnecessary anxiety and additional procedures. With 3D mammograms, fewer women may receive a false alarm.
In addition to offering MRI exams and CT scans, Advanced Medical Imaging provides full-field digital mammography to residents of Lakewood, Boulder, Denver, and beyond. We encourage area residents to visit our website for more information about mammography and MRIs, or to call us at (303) 647-6504 to schedule an appointment at our Denver location. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans for MRI exams and are contracted with most insurance carriers.
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The radiology team at Advanced Medical Imaging is dedicated to providing the utmost in patient care and service to residents throughout the Denver, Lakewood, and Boulder areas. From image generation to interpretation, our specialists strive for excellence in all that we do. Our imaging center features state-of-the-art technology and provides an array of services, including MRIs, CT scans, bone density scans, lung cancer screenings, and so much more. Our comprehensive breast center facilitates the early detection of breast cancer while providing a heightened level of sensitivity and caring for our patients.
At Advanced Medical Imaging, we prefer to think of ourselves as active members of our community, rather than as just another business. Our radiology staff enjoys giving back to our community with patient education initiatives and by being active in numerous organizations, including Gemini House Shelter, Food Bank of the Rockies, and the Susan B. Komen Foundation.
You can get to know Advanced Medical Imaging by visiting our website and exploring our service areas, including MRI scans. If you wish to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations, please call (303) 647-6504. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.