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Early cancer detection using Mammograms and Breast Ultrasound

Early cancer detection using Mammograms and Breast Ultrasound

Early detection can help save lives, particularly when it comes to breast cancer. During a breast cancer screening, your doctor checks your breasts for signs of cancer, such as lumps or changes in the tissue. The most common imaging tests done to check for breast cancer are mammograms and ultrasound of the breast. Women should get annual screenings to ensure nothing has changed or developed that may be a cancer risk. If your doctor finds something unusual that will require another look, e.g., a hard lump, they...

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CT VS MRI: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? 

CT VS MRI: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? 

Two of the most well-known imaging exams are CT Scans and MRIs. Both are used to capture detailed images of organs, bones, and other tissues. The biggest difference between the two is that MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) use radio waves and CT (computed tomography) scans use X-rays. While both are relatively low risk, there are advantages and disadvantages to each, and how doctors choose which option is best depends on the circumstances that may make one a better option over the other. CT Scan CT scans work...

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The Different Types of MRI Scans

The Different Types of MRI Scans

MRI scans or, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a type of diagnostic imaging test that can produce images of the body’s soft tissues and nervous system. MRIs use radio and magnetic waves to create these images rather than radiation. Whether you need an MRI for injury or illness, your doctor should walk you through the type that would be best for your condition. Functional MRI A Functional MRI measures blood flow to your brain and tests brain activity. This type of scan will light up when certain areas of the brain...

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The Benefits of Outpatient Imaging Centers

The Benefits of Outpatient Imaging Centers

What is an Outpatient Imaging Center? Imaging centers are facilities dedicated to performing medical imaging services to produce high definition images of bones, tissues, organs, blood vessels, arteries, and the nervous system. Imaging centers often include, but are not limited to, MRI, CT Scans, X-Rays, Mammography, DEXA Bone Scans, PET Scans, Electromyography, and Ultrasounds. Compared to hospitals, outpatient imaging centers have many benefits such as convenience, patient-focused care, advanced technology and...

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The Growing Demand for Interventional Radiology

The Growing Demand for Interventional Radiology

Using the least invasive techniques that are currently available to diagnose and treat patients is the concept behind Interventional Radiology. These techniques not only improve health outcomes for the patient, but come with a minimized risk.  What Is Interventional Radiology And How Does It Work? In interventional radiology (also called IR), doctors use medical imaging to guide minimally invasive surgical procedures that diagnose, treat, and cure many kinds of conditions. Imaging modalities used include...

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The Future of Diagnostic Imaging

The Future of Diagnostic Imaging

As scientists research and discover new trends and innovations, the landscape of medical imaging is ever-evolving. The technology that shapes and drives diagnostic imaging has grown steadily, allowing radiologists to use things like MRI, tomography and more as a window into the human body. Fortunately, this rapid growth bodes well for the future of medical imaging. Three major trends are expected to emerge, evolve and improve throughout the 2020s: 3D imaging, Artificial Intelligence, and wearable technology.  3D...

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What is a Radiologist?

What is a Radiologist?

If you’ve ever needed to get imaging done at a hospital, you’ve interacted with a radiologist. Radiologists are medical doctors that specialize in both diagnosing and treating illnesses using medical imaging. Imaging can include X-rays, MRIs, PET Scans, CTs, ultrasounds and more. Below we dive into what radiologists do, including different radiology specialties and treatment.  Schooling To become a radiologist, doctors go through thirteen years of schooling, including four years of medical school, a four year...

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Women’s History Month: Women in Medicine

Women’s History Month: Women in Medicine

March is Women’s History Month Townsen Memorial is proud to celebrate the contributions of strong women in medicine. To honor Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting some women that have changed the field of medicine through their work and dedication. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to earn a medical degree in the U.S. She has served as a pioneer to many women in the medical field today. Elizabeth faced many obstacles on her path to a medical degree and continued to fight...

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Black History Month: How Heart Disease and Stroke Impact African Americans

Black History Month: How Heart Disease and Stroke Impact African Americans

February is Black History Month. We take this time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and honor the significant role and impact they have made on American society. This year during Black History Month, we want to discuss the health disparities that African Americans face. Heart disease and stroke are two leading causes of death of African Americans. At Townsen Memorial, we can improve the odds of preventing and beating these diseases by helping African Americans understand the risks and taking...

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What Are the Types of Imaging Tests?

What Are the Types of Imaging Tests?

Have you ever wondered why there are different types of imaging tests? If your doctor has ordered a medical imaging exam for you, you might have questions about the type of scan or test you will be receiving. There are many ways doctors use imaging to diagnose or monitor a medical condition. Different types of imaging are used for different conditions and depends on your symptoms. Imaging scans are safe and carry minimal risks, but at Townsen Memorial we want you to know what to expect so that you feel prepared...

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