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    Smart Food Choices to Cut Your Breast Cancer Risk

    Last updated 4 days ago

    One in every eight women will develop breast cancer. Although some risk factors for breast cancer are not preventable, including the right “power foods” in your diet can reduce your chances of developing this disease.

    This video explains that combining certain foods provides more benefit than eating them alone. Tea is packed with powerful antioxidants that help the body fight off free radicals, which can cause cancer. Pair your tea with a twist of lemon, lime, or orange for additional benefits. Eating salads with olive oil vinaigrette will help your body absorb more vitamin A and E.

    In addition to eating a healthy diet, women should schedule regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer. Concord Imaging offers digital and 3D mammography in addition to breast ultrasound and biopsy. Visit us on the web or call (210) 384-2169 to find out more about our San Antonio medical imaging facility.

    A Patient's Guide to 3D Mammography

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Mammography is the use of X-ray imaging to screen for masses or other abnormalities in the breast associated with breast cancer. As medical imaging technology has advanced, digital and 3D mammography techniques have improved the accuracy of these tests, especially for women under 50 or those who have dense breast tissue. Keep reading to learn more about 3D mammography and how it could benefit you. 

    What Is 3D Mammography?

    3D mammography is a new technique for imaging the breast. During a 3D mammogram, many X-ray images are taken by moving the xray tube in an arc over your breast. These images are processed by a computer and converted into a three-dimensional image of your breast tissue, accessible in one-millimeter slices. Any woman who is a good candidate for 2D mammography techniques can undergo 3D mammography. If your imaging facility offers 3D mammography, this diagnostic can be performed at the same time as a 2D mammogram. No additional positioning is needed, and taking a 3D mammogram image requires only a few seconds more of your time. 3D mammography is used to complement rather than replace 2D mammography. The dosage of additional X-rays you will receive is very low, and is not considered a health concern.

    What Are the Benefits of 3D Mammography?

    During 2D mammography, the three-dimensional structure of your breast is projected onto a two-dimensional image. Tissues may overlap and create false positives and also hide evidence of breast cancer, which can lead to unnecessary stress and additional imaging or biopsy procedures that aren’t needed. 3D mammography techniques produce a more accurate and detailed image of your breast. This allows the technician to examine your breast from multiple angles, slice by slice, to identify areas of abnormality. Because 3D mammography produces higher image quality, smaller cancers and areas of concern can be found, leading to earlier diagnosis and more successful treatment.

    Concord Imaging is pleased to offer 3D mammography and digital mammography diagnostics to improve breast cancer detection and diagnosis. If you have questions or would like to schedule your appointment, contact us by calling (210) 384-2169. You can find additional information about the benefits of digital medical imaging on our blog.

    Gallbladder Scans 101

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Your gallbladder is a small organ responsible for storing bile, which helps the body to digest fats from the foods you eat. If you are experiencing abdominal pain or digestive troubles, a gallbladder scan can help your physician diagnose and treat your symptoms. Gallbladder scans use a radioactive tracing material to accurately image the function of this important organ. 

    Why Is a Gallbladder Scan Performed?

    A gallbladder scan is a painless imaging diagnostic that checks the function of your gallbladder. If you are experiencing chronic digestive problems, jaundice, or pain in the upper right area of your abdomen, your physician may request a gallbladder scan to determine the cause of your symptoms. Additionally, if you have recently undergone surgery or experienced an abdominal injury, a gallbladder scan can determine if the gallbladder is healing as it should.

    What Happens During a Gallbladder Scan?

    Prior to your scan, you will be injected with a small amount of radioactive material. This allows the camera to accurately image your gallbladder and its function during the procedure. You may need to wear a hospital gown or paper covering to prevent your clothes from interfering with the imaging process. During the scan, you will lie on a table while a camera is positioned over your abdomen. You may receive an additional injection of a hormone called cholecystokinin to stimulate your gallbladder so the camera can image it in action.

    What Are the Possible Results of a Gallbladder Scan?

    If your gallbladder is functioning normally, your scan will indicate there is no problem with its function. Alternatively, the scan may find that your gallbladder, bile ducts, or liver are injured or functioning abnormally. Your physician will examine the results of your scan and discuss your diagnosis and treatment options after the procedure.

    Concord Imaging offers nuclear medicine, CT scanning, MRIs, X-ray imaging, and more in the San Antonio area. You can speak with one of our imaging technicians to learn more about our facility by calling (210) 384-2169. Visit us on the web to read more about common imaging diagnostics. 

    Tips for Preparing for Your Concord Imaging X-Ray

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Your physician may recommend X-ray imaging to diagnose or monitor a variety of medical conditions. When you make your appointment, the imaging facility will provide you with instructions. You may be asked not to eat or drink for up to several hours prior to your imaging procedure. On the day of your appointment, wear loose, comfortable clothes and a minimum of jewelry. Just before your procedure, you may be asked to change into a gown and remove any metal objects, such as watches, jewelry, and eyeglasses, so your  technologistcan obtain a clear X-ray image. X-ray imaging is not painful; during your procedure, you will be asked to lie still while the technologisttakes images as recommended by your doctor. If you are pregnant or believe you could be pregnant, talk to your physician or X-raytechnologist—pregnant women should not be exposed to X-rays because they could potentially harm your fetus.

    Concord Imaging offers digital wireless X-ray imaging technology in San Antonio. Call us today at (210) 384-2169 to find out more or to schedule your imaging appointment. You can find more information about X-rays, MRI, nuclear medicine, mammography, ultrasound, and PET scans on our website.

    Answers to Your FAQs About Using PET Scans for Cancer Diagnoses

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Positron Emission Tomography scanning is a medical imaging technique that uses a radioactive tracer material to produce highly-detailed images of the body. PET scans are frequently used to detect and evaluate cancer cells. The information provided by PET scans gives your physician the information she needs to create the most effective treatment plan. 

    How Do I Prepare for a PET Scan?

    Patients should avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours prior to a PET scan. If you are diabetic, your physician may provide you with special instructions to regulate your blood sugar levels. Continue to take any prescribed medication as indicated unless instructed otherwise by your physician. Wear comfortable clothes to the imaging facility and arrive a few minutes early in case there is any additional paperwork you may need to fill out upon arrival.

    What Happens During a PET Scan?

    Approximately 30-45 minutes before your PET scan, you will be injected with a short-lived radioactive tracing solution. You will be asked to rest while the solution is distributed through your bloodstream to the organs of your body. During the scan, you will lie on a moving table that slides into the PET machine. You will hear buzzing or clicking sounds during this process.

    Are PET Scans Safe?

    PET scans are not associated with any known side effects. The radioactive tracing material used during the procedure is excreted from your body within hours. PET scans expose patients to similar levels of radiation asCT scans. This amount of radiation is similar to the levels encountered during normal daily activities over the course of a year.

    PET scans are effective, safe, and provide high-quality information for your physician. You can learn more about PET scans, CAT scans, ultrasound, MRI, and more by contacting Concord Imaging at (210) 775-6773. Check out our blog for more details and tips to prepare you for your medical imaging procedure. 

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