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Multi Gated Acquisition (MUGA) scans are frequently used by radiologists to evaluate how the ventricles in your heart are functioning. These medical scans are typically ordered to determine the fraction of blood ejected by the heart and calculate its pumping efficiency. MUGA scans use a radioactive tracer material, which is injected into your bloodstream to allow accurate imaging of your heart. You can hear more about what happens during a MUGA scan and the information it provides for your doctor by watching this video.
Concord Imaging is an independent imaging center offering a variety of medical imaging and scanning services. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff offers X-rays, MRI, PET scans, nuclear medicine, and more at our state-of-the-art facility. You can find out more about what to expect from your visit to Concord Imaging of San Antonio by calling (210) 775-6773 or clicking through our website.
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Traditional mammograms produce 2D images. Each breast is compressed to flatten the breast tissue, and X-rays are taken from the top and side. Although 2D mammograms are incredibly important tools for early breast cancer detection, they do have some flaws. Because the breast tissue is flattened, it appears very dense in the resulting images. That can make the images tricky to read, leading to both missed diagnoses and the need for further tests on suspected abnormalities that are really normal tissue. 3D mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, is changing that. 3D mammography produces images of small layers of breast tissue and can be combined with 2D mammography for the most accurate results. The detailed images give your doctor a better view of what is happening inside your breasts. Concord Imaging in San Antonio explains how these two technologies can work hand-in-hand in this infographic. Help the women in your life understand their mammogram options by sharing this information with them.
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It is not uncommon or unusual to feel anxiety before undergoing medical imaging or testing. Although there are many reasons you may feel fearful or worried, there are also many ways to ease your anxiety for a more comfortable experience. Keep reading to discover a few tips that will ease your anxiety about your medical testing procedure.
Learn About Your Test
One of the major causes of anxiety is fear of the unknown. You may not know what to expect from your imaging procedure or worry that the test will feel uncomfortable. The best way to ease these fears is to talk to the medical imaging staff before your procedure. Ask what the test involves and how it will feel. Getting accurate information about your test can significantly ease your anxiety.
In some cases, medical imaging or tests require very specific preparation. It’s important for you to follow any instructions you have received exactly to ensure the test can proceed smoothly. Failing to follow these instructions could mean you’ll have to reschedule your scan, which can cause more stress than having the procedure completed on the first visit.
There are many measures your medical imaging staff can take to customize the procedure for your comfort. If you would like a sedative to help you relax, let your physician know ahead of time so it can be arranged. Even if the test or scan has already begun, don’t be afraid to speak up if you are still feeling anxious or uncomfortable. Your imaging staff will be happy to pause the scan or make any necessary changes so that you are not feeling unbearably uncomfortable or fearful at any time.
At Concord Imaging, we are dedicated to providing you with a friendly and stress-free environment. Our welcoming and knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer your questions and ensure you are comfortable during your MRI, CT scan, or ultrasound procedure. Please visit our website or call (210) 775-6773 to learn more about our cutting-edge medical imaging facility in San Antonio.
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When it comes to medical imaging tests, most people are familiar with X-rays, thanks to dental check-ups. The X-rays you have at the dentist are not very different from the X-rays you can expect at Concord Imaging. The distinction really comes down to the part of the body being targeted. Whatever region you are having X-rayed, you can expect a relatively fast and painless procedure.
How your X-ray is performed, and the preparation required, depends largely on the part of the body being targeted. You may need to abstain for food and drink for several hours before your X-ray. Wear loose clothing to your appointment, and do not wear jewelry. In some instances, you may be asked for wear a gown for your X-ray. It is important to you tell your X-ray technician right away if there is a chance you could be pregnant so that your test can be postponed.
When you come in or make your appointment at San Antonio’s Concord Imaging for your X-ray, we will give you all the information you need to prepare for your scan. Find out more about all of our medical imaging services by calling (210) 572-2222.
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Breast cancer is second only to skin cancer in incidence rates among US women, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death among women, after lung cancer. Approximately one in three women’s deaths are caused by breast cancer. The good news is that new cases and breast cancer deaths have both been declining, in large part thanks to medical imaging tests like digital mammograms. Here is a look at how breast cancer is treated, and things you can do to lessen your risk of getting it in the first place.
Breast Cancer Treatment
Breast cancer treatment is highly personalized. Your oncologist will develop a plan for you based on the size and location of your tumor and whether or not it has spread. Treatment options include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. In some cases, simply removing the tumor is sufficient. Many patients require a combination of treatments to thoroughly tackle the cancer. In all cases, medical imaging tests, including MRIs, CT scans, nuclear medicine tests and X-rays, may be used to track treatment progress and screen for cancer that has spread.
Breast Cancer Prevention
There are many things you can to reduce your risk of breast cancer and to catch it in its early stages when it does occur. Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a good weight, staying active, and giving up smoking can all reduce your breast cancer risk. One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from breast cancer is to get regular digital mammograms. The latest advance in digital mammography is called Tomosynthesis, or 3-D mammography. This allows radiologists to look through the different layers of the breast instead the whole thickness at once, with a conventional digital mammogram. By getting regular mammograms, your doctor can best detect these changes early, when breast cancer is most treatable.
If your doctor refers you for a digital mammogram, make an appointment with Concord Imaging. Our medical imaging services are more affordable than those at many other testing sites, and our dedicated staff always offer skilled and compassionate service. In addition to digital mammograms, we offer X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and other medical imaging tests. Learn more by calling us at (210) 572-2222.