Raleigh Radiology Blog

Breast MRI: Who Needs One?

January 9, 2017

Breast MRI is a type of medical imaging exam that produces extremely detailed pictures of the breast tissue. Using a very strong magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer program, MRI creates images of Breast MRI is generally recommended for: Women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer—which could be due to family history or certain medical conditions—may choose to have a breast MRI. Women with dense breast tissue may get a breast MRI as a complement to… Read More

Lung Cancer Prognosis

December 26, 2016

When caught in its earliest stages, lung cancer treatments are more successful and survival rates are higher. Lung cancer prognosis will vary greatly from one person to another but one fact is clear—low-dose CT lung screening reduces the risk of dying from lung cancer. In fact, annual screenings with CT scans aid in finding lung cancers in their earliest stages, when up to 90% can be cured. Lung Cancer Screening Lung cancer screening with low-dose CT is recommended for men… Read More

How to Prepare for an MRI

November 30, 2016

Are you getting an MRI soon? Learn how to prepare for an MRI so you’re ready for your appointment. What is an MRI? Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to capture images of the inside of the body. MRI images are extremely detailed and can be used to image nearly any part of the body including bones, organs, ligaments, joints, and other soft tissues. How to Prepare for an MRI Preparing for an MRI… Read More

Risk of Lung Cancer

November 1, 2016

It is widely known that smoking dramatically increases the risk of lung cancer. In the U.S., 80-90% of lung cancers are linked to cigarette smoking. However, there are other additional risk factors for developing lung cancer including: Secondhand Smoke Even if you don’t smoke, exposure to secondhand smoke increases your risk for lung cancer. In fact, exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer by as much as 20-30%. Exposure to Radon Gas Radon, which is naturally present… Read More

Seniors and Sports Injuries

October 27, 2016

Seniors today are more active than ever before. This active lifestyle has many benefits for seniors including better mobility, flexibility, and balance. Exercise also helps to reduce the impact of chronic diseases or illnesses. However, with that active lifestyle comes a greater chance of sports injuries and statistically, seniors are more likely than younger people to injure themselves while playing sports. MRI for Sports Injuries MRI is often the best medical imaging technology to diagnose a sports injury because of… Read More

Your Mammogram: What to Expect

October 20, 2016

What is a mammogram? A mammogram is a screening exam used to diagnose breast cancer in its earliest stages. When breast cancer is diagnosed and treated early, treatments tend to be more effective and survival rates are higher. What to Expect During Your Mammogram We want you to feel as comfortable as possible from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Our waiting rooms were designed to be calming and also have free Wi-Fi, free coffee, and good… Read More

Breast Health Every Month

October 3, 2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It will be hard not to see the pink ribbons, TV commercials, and 5k fundraisers throughout the month. However, breast cancer awareness is important every month of the year—not just in October—because 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Between work, family, children, and other obligations, women often let their own health take a backseat, and it can be easy to forget about important screening exams. A new breast health… Read More

Is X-Ray Safe for Children?

September 30, 2016

When medically necessary, medical imaging tests, including x-rays, are safe for children. However, it’s important to note that x-rays for children are not the same as x-rays for adults; children are more sensitive to radiation. At Raleigh Radiology, experienced registered technologists utilize special pediatric techniques to ensure the lowest radiation dose for your child and every exam is read by a board certified radiologist. Is x-ray necessary for my child? X-rays, and other types of medical imaging, are valuable tools… Read More

Lung Cancer Screening

August 2, 2016

Lung cancer screening is a quick and painless exam that has been proven to reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer in patients at high risk. Low Dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening can help to diagnose lung cancers in their earliest stages, when up to 90% of cases can be cured. What is lung cancer? In the human body, cells are constantly undergoing a process of growth, division, and death. Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells continue to… Read More

3D Mammography Cost

July 22, 2016

3D mammography is an optional, but highly recommended, addition to a traditional screening mammogram. 3D mammography complements a screening mammogram by adding additional detailed views of the breast tissue. The cost of a 3D mammogram is very affordable at just $60. 3D Mammography Cost and Insurance Coverage Many insurance plans, including Medicare, are beginning to cover the cost of 3D mammograms. Please check your insurance plan to determine your individual coverage. Benefits of 3D Mammography An additional 3D mammogram is… Read More

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