Archive for October, 2013

October 31, 2013

Talk to me about bone density exams… with Dr. Scott Sher

October 29, 2013

A Blood Test for Lung Cancer

We’re fans of whole-body health and that means all the parts… but we’ve been keen on lungs lately. Who needs a good reason? We all enjoy breathing.

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We’ve talked about the power of CT for lung cancer diagnosis (here and here) and even covered the topic of smoking-related breast cancer risk over on our mammography blog (here). Today we’d like to talk about more good news in the world of lung health: a potential alternative to current management of lung nodules found on a CT scan. Lung cancer is currently the leading cause of cancer death in the US – for men and women.

While the research (and technology) is still in the early phases, it looks like a promising future in the search (and hopefully destroy) mission for early detection of lung cancer. In a study published on October 16th in the journal Science Translational Medicine, a new blood test was unveiled that can aid in finding lung cancer in a minimally invasive manner. The article is a heady read, so we’re going to break it down for you:

If a patient has a lung nodule, the current next step is often a biopsy, possibly with surgery or imaging guided. This new blood test screens for a select set of proteins that can help determine if the nodules are benign or cancerous.  So, a normal blood test could potentially save a person from undergoing a biopsy or alternatively might lead doctors to surgery at an early treatable stage.

Working in a scientific field, we know that further studies must confirm the initial positive results before anyone can shout this as a revolution. But we are thrilled and optimistic that there’s progress being made in early detection of lung cancer – because early detection saves lives.

Additional reading here.

October 28, 2013

Until 8pm on Tuesday (10/29!)

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 12.58.12 PMIn a timely move (pardon the pun) we, Diagnostic Imaging Centers, will have all six of our clinics open until 8 pm tomorrow evening Tuesday October 29 as part of our Breast Cancer Awareness Month observance. Awareness is the tip of the iceberg. Action is where it’s at.

 

As October draws to a close, and the end of year bustle looms, we want to make it easy for you to get your yearly mammogram completed. Walk-ins are welcome! Mammograms are encouraged! Excuses? Who’s got ‘em? You don’t need an appointment, the hours are convenient, and if you’re part of our Kansas City readership, it’s important to know we have six locations alllllll over the metropolitan area (including our fancy, newly relocated Olathe clinic)!

 

There’s never been a better time to be more responsible for your physical health than Right Now. Having you been procrastinating? “Too busy”? Well… how about Tuesday, after you drop the kids off at soccer? Maybe you need to grab a bite of dinner first? Tomorrow. Right Now is a good time to take advantage of the chance to give yourself your best possible health.

October 24, 2013

What preparation is required for a CT scan? Will I need to get an IV? with Dr. Scott Sher

October 22, 2013

Talk to me about CT scans and pregnant patients… with Dr. Scott Sher

October 17, 2013

How long does a CT take? Is if faster than an MRI? with Dr. Scott Sher

October 15, 2013

For a CT scan: do I have to remove jewelry, as I would for an MRI? with Dr. Scott Sher

October 11, 2013

Monday is Moving Day in Olathe!

post it for olathe

October 10, 2013

What preparation is required for a CT scan? Will I need to get an IV? with Dr. Scott Sher

October 8, 2013

Talk to me about radiation exposure in CT scans… with Dr. Scott Sher