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Reduce Your Risk for Cervical Cancer

January 30, 2017

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and we want to tell you about four things that may help reduce your risk for cervical cancer.

What is the cervix?

The cervix is a narrow passage at the end of the uterus, which opens into the vagina.

Cervical Cancer Symptoms and Diagnosis

Cervical cancer most often affects women younger than age 50, although about 20% of cervical cancers are diagnosed in women older than 65. The most common symptoms of cervical cancer are: abnormal vaginal bleeding (take note of anything that doesn’t seem normal for you), abnormal vaginal discharge, and pain during or after sex.

How to Reduce Your Risk for Cervical Center

There is no guaranteed way to prevent cervical cancer, but there are some things you can do to reduce your risk including:

  • Get Tested There are two tests that are used to screen for cervical cancer: a Pap test and an HPV test. During a Pap test, a sample of cells is taken from the cervix and tested for cancer or other conditions that may develop into cancer. An HPV test looks for the human papillomavirus, which can cause cell changes that may turn into cervical cancer. Your doctor may recommend these tests every three or five years if you’ve had normal results before.
  • Consider an HPV Vaccine There are two HPV vaccines that protect against the types of HPV that cause most cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. The vaccines are given in three separate doses and are recommended for girls aged 11-12, but may also be given until age 26. Talk with your doctor and determine if these vaccines are right for you.
  • Don’t Smoke If you are a smoker, now is the time to quit. The human body begins to repair itself as soon as hours after your last cigarette. Smoking increases the risk of cervical cancer, and all other types of cancer
  • Live a Healthy Lifestyle Maintain a healthy weight, ensure your diet includes many fresh fruits and vegetables, and get regular exercise. These lifestyle choices can lower your risk for cervical cancer as well as many other diseases and conditions.

Know Your Risk, Talk With Your Doctor

Cervical cancer is more common in the following groups of women:

  • Women with HPV, lowered immune systems, or genital herpes
  • Black, Hispanic, and American Indian women
  • Women who smoke
  • Women younger than 50, especially between the late teens and mid-30s

Know your personal risk and talk with your doctor about the screening tests that are right for you and how you can reduce your risk of cervical cancer.

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Do You Know What Your Thyroid Does?

January 25, 2017

You’ve heard of a thyroid, but do you know just how important that little butterfly-shaped gland is? January is Thyroid Awareness Month, which makes it a great time to learn about what the thyroid does, and how you can identify potential thyroid problems.

What is a thyroid?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located on the neck below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid secretes hormones, which influence many vital body functions including metabolism, menstrual cycles, heart rate, cholesterol levels, and body temperature.

Surprising Symptoms of Thyroid Problems

The thyroid may become overactive (known as hyperthyroidism) or underactive (known as hypothyroidism). There are many possible symptoms of a thyroid that is not working properly—some may be surprising—including:

  • Mood changes including anxiety, irritability, nervousness, or depression
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Trouble sleeping, excessive tiredness or fatigue
  • Dry skin and hair, or hair loss
  • Changes to the menstrual cycle including missed or light periods, or frequent or heavy periods

Your Risk for Thyroid Problems

A thyroid condition can affect men and women of all ages however, there are certain risk factors, which increase your risk including:

  • Being female (women are 5 times more likely to develop a thyroid condition)
  • Being over age 60
  • Having a personal or family history or thyroid problems, or autoimmune disease
  • A recent pregnancy
  • Radiation exposure to the neck

If You Suspect Thyroid Problems

Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and decide if additional testing is right for you. Your doctor may recommend an ultrasound or a biopsy procedure to provide additional information about your thyroid function. Raleigh Radiology offers these procedures and more at seven convenient imaging centers in the NC triangle.

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Barrett Drive Breast Center Set To Close

October 19, 2016

barrett-driveRaleigh Radiology is proud to be a provider of Women’s Imaging in the North Hills area of Raleigh, NC for more than 20 years. We provide care to countless women that we come to know on a personal level and appreciate as a part of our family.

With the relocation of many referring physician groups in the North Hills area and an ever-changing marketplace, Raleigh Radiology has decided to close our Breast Center location on Barrett Drive and focus our efforts on our other centers and future growth. The Breast Center will officially close on October 21, 2016.

breast-center-waitingSome of our patients opted to schedule your annual mammogram at the Raleigh Radiology Breast Center at your last appointment.   If you have an appointment scheduled at the Breast Center, our scheduling team will call you to get that appointment rescheduled at a time and location of your choice.

If you have not scheduled your appointment for your next annual mammogram, please call one of the following numbers to get on the schedule so you don’t miss this important screening exam.

Convenient Options for Scheduling Your Screening Mammogram

Phone:  919-781-1437
Phone:  919-877-5400
Scheduling Hours: Monday – Friday , 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Or schedule online: by clicking here.

Raleigh Radiology has imaging centers conveniently located throughout Wake County and Clayton. We will be happy to schedule your mammogram at the location best suited to your needs. Visit our locations page to familiarize yourself with all of our locations.

The same radiologists who interpret Raleigh Radiology Breast Center mammograms will interpret your mammograms at any of the other locations. All of your prior mammograms/Bone Density studies are digitally stored and will be available for comparison, so you don’t have to worry about transferring your images to another provider.

The Latest Technology

Many of our locations offer 3D Mammography™ Technology, the latest technology in breast imaging. It allows the radiologists to better see the different structures as well as location, size and shape of abnormal tissue. This technology allows more cancers to be found at earlier stages when they are more treatable and reduces the chance of a false positive exam requiring additional imaging thus reducing patient anxiety. Ask your physician if this exam is right for you.

Raleigh Radiology has been the community leader in breast imaging for decades and we thank you for being a loyal and much appreciated patient of Raleigh Radiology.

We look forward to caring for you and your family in the future.

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Clarity, not confusion: Mammograms saves lives

February 28, 2014

Here we go again. The confusion about mammography reached new heights last week with the release of a Canadian study that questions the value of this screening test. As a doctor who detects an abnormality, diagnoses breast cancer and discusses a scary diagnosis, I want to set the record straight for North Carolinian women: Mammograms save lives. Women should talk to their physicians and not allow media hype or a flawed study to prevent them from getting this critical annual exam.The early and accurate diagnosis of breast cancer is key to survival, and mammography is the gold standard for early detection. A mammogram is capable of detecting abnormal breast masses up to two years before they would be noticed through a manual breast exam.Since 1990, when regular mammogram screenings became the norm for most women over 40, the mortality rate from breast cancer has dropped by 30 percent. Breast cancer survival improved when we started testing for it regularly. With regular screenings came earlier diagnoses and more effective treatments. Today, when breast cancer is detected before spreading to the lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent.Improved survival explains why the American Cancer Society, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Radiology, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® still endorse annual breast cancer screening beginning at age 40 — even earlier if a woman is at greater risk for developing breast cancer.Mammograms have improved over time. For decades, taking images directly on film was the main technique. Today, digital mammograms are the standard of care and are proven to be significantly more accurate than film. New advances like 3D mammograms make mammography even more accurate by improving the detection of invasive cancer by 40 percent and reducing false positives and unnecessary callbacks.Mammography is indispensable in fighting breast cancer, so naturally a study claiming the opposite would cause headlines. A new study, published in the journal BMJ earlier this month and based on Canadian data, contradicts about a dozen other studies – and doctors’ every day practice – that show mammograms are lifesaving.The paper relied on data more than 20 years old, as the researchers finished screening women in 1988, when outdated film mammography was the standard of care. The misrepresentations in the data are so severe that the American College of Radiology has warned policymakers against using the study because it might lead to conclusions that put women’s lives at risk.It would be tragic if fewer women decided to get an annual mammogram out of the misunderstanding or confusion that this study has caused. Please don’t be confused. We can treat breast cancer only when we know it’s there. The evidence continues to show – overwhelmingly – that mammograms are the best tool to fight a disease that still strikes 1 in 8 women. Mammograms do save lives, and one of them could be yours.Laura O. Thomas, M.D., is a radiologist in Raleigh.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/26/3656100/clarity-not-confusion-mammograms.html#storylink=cpy

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North Carolina Standardizes Breast Density Reporting to Patients

October 29, 2013

On July 23rd, 2013, Governor Pat McCrory signed a law to standardize dense breast tissue reporting to women.  North Carolina joins several other states to standardize dense breast tissue reporting.  Addy Jeffrey, Greensboro, North Carolina resident, brought the issue of dense breast to the legislature after her advanced stage cancer diagnosis within 8 months of a normal mammogram. Learn more 

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Raleigh Radiology announces vein procedures now offered at their Cary facility

February 22, 2013

Raleigh Radiology’s team of board-certified interventional and vascular radiologists are highly qualified to treat varicose and spider veins. We are pleased to offer this added service to our patients in the Cary and surrounding areas.

As specialists trained in minimally invasive image-guided therapies, we offer consultation for a number of other minimally invasive procedures, including uterine fibroid embolization, kyphoplasty, radiofrequency ablation, cryoablations, PORT placement and removal, PICC lines and pelvic congestion syndrome. Contact us today at 919- 781-1437 for more information or to schedule a consultation at our Blue Ridge or Cary facility.

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Raleigh Radiology- The Triangle’s first fully Open Bore MRI Practice

January 15, 2013

Raleigh Radiology now offers the Siemens 1.5 Tesla high field Open Bore MRI at six convenient locations. Our new Raleigh Radiology Open Bore MRI mobile scanner allows patients in the Wake Forest, Clayton, and Brier Creek communities to enjoy the comfort and extra space of the large bore MRI.   This addition makes us the Triangle’s first fully Open Bore MRI practice with our fixed Open Bore MRI service in Cary, North Raleigh, and West Raleigh.  Learn more about Open Bore MRI.

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Raleigh Radiology Clayton relocates and expands

January 1, 2013

High quality 1.5 Tesla Open Bore MRI, digital mammography, vascular ultrasound, and walk in x-ray are among the services now offered in Johnston County.  Raleigh Radiology Clayton offers Johnston County residents the area’s only outpatient imaging.  Our new location is conveniently located off Highway 42 in Clayton, next to Johnston Health.

  • Raleigh Radiology's Clayton Office is now off Hwy 42 Raleigh Radiology's Clayton Office is now off Hwy 42 Look for us in Spring Branch Medical Pavilion!
  • Raleigh Radiology's new Clayton Location Raleigh Radiology's new Clayton Location Welcome to ur new Raleigh Radiology Clayton office at 116 Springbrook Ave, Suite 103, Clayton, NC 27520
  • Spring Branch Medical Pavilion Spring Branch Medical Pavilion Come on in to our new facility
  • Raleigh Radiology Clayton's waiting area Raleigh Radiology Clayton's waiting area Please take a seat, and we will be right with you
  • Ultrasound Ultrasound We provide top of the line Ultrasound services
  • X-ray X-ray We provide excellent X-ray services
  • Bone Density Scan Bone Density Scan Bone Density Scans with customer service in mind
  • Mammography Mammography Have you scheduled your annual mammogram?
  • Woman's Imaging Waiting Area Woman's Imaging Waiting Area Feel free to take a seat in our separate woman's imaging lounge
  • Coffee Station Coffee Station Have a sip at our coffee and hot chocolate station
  • Raleigh Radiology Clayton Raleigh Radiology Clayton Thanks for taking our tour. Come in and see us.

 

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Raleigh Radiology opens new facility in Cary and expands services in Brier Creek

January 13, 2012

Raleigh Radiology is excited to offer enhanced access to high quality, outpatient imaging at Raleigh Radiology Cary and Raleigh Radiology Brier Creek.  We strive to exceed your expectations with convenient appointments, exceptional accommodations, ease of scheduling, and outstanding patient care.

Raleigh Radiology Cary Raleigh Radiology Cary opened in November 2011 to serve the patients and physicians in Western Wake county and surrounding communities.  This full-service, state-of-the-art digital diagnostic facility, is conveniently located at 150 Parkway Office Court, Suite 100, Cary, N.C.,  near the intersection of Tryon Road and SE Cary Parkway. The 14,000-square-foot diagnostic center houses a Siemens Espree 1.5 Tesla Open Bore MRI, GE 16-slice CT scanner, digital radiography, fluoroscopy, vascular and general ultrasound, digital mammography and Bone Mineral Density (BMD).  IV sedation is available for MRI patients suffering from claustrophobia or anxiety.  Saturday appointments are available for screening mammography, BMD and MRI.

Raleigh Radiology Brier Creek expanded services at our Brier Creek facility, locatedRaleigh Radiology Brier Creek at 8851 Ellstree Lane, just off I-540, and minutes from RTP, Durham and Morrisville. In addition to existing CT services, digital mammography, MRI, bone density testing, ultrasound (including vascular studies), and walk-in X-ray services are now available. As an added convenience, our Brier Creek facility offers ample, well-lit, ground-level parking located directly in front of the building.

 

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CT Lung Screenings now Available at Raleigh Radiology

January 11, 2012

Low Dose CT lung screening exams are now available at Raleigh Radiology.  Recent clinical trials showed that screening current and former heavy smokers with CT reduced their risk of dying from lung cancer by 20%.  Are you a candidate for a CT lung screening?  Find out more about the exam here.

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