Pre-Op Breast MRI reduces repeat surgery

A Study presented by Yale School of Medicine Professor Liane Philpotts,  shows that patients with newly diagnosed breast cancers have fewer repeat surgeries when they have an MRI first.   http://rsna2011.rsna.org/search/event_display.cfm?printmode=n&em_id=11005598

The results were most dramatic in patients who have dense breast tissue (dense tissue is more challenging to evaluate on mammogram and ultrasound). 

When a lumpectomy is performed, if there are any cancerous cells remaining around the excision area, a second surgery is required to remove more tissue to ensure “clear margins”.  Breast MRI has been shown to show the size and shape of a cancerous lesion better than mammography or ultrasound, thus helping the surgeons be more accurate in the removal of the tumour and reducing the need for a second surgery.

Pre-op breast MRIs also show the extent of the disease better than mammography or ultrasound, and is often able to detect additional cancers in the same breast or other breast.  This information is very important in helping the patient and her medical team decide the best course of treatment.

Breast MRI is a useful tool for cancer staging and is not a substitute for screening mammography.  Patients who are breast cancer gene carriers and therefore are at high risker risk for developing breast cancer, may be candidates for MRI screening, but should also be screened annually with mammography.

For more information on Breast MRI at Canada Diagnostic Centres, click here, or call us at 1-877-709-8522.

  Filed under: Categories: Breast Cancer, Breast MRI, and MRI Scans. Tags: breast cancer, breast cancer gene, breast cancers, breast mri, cancer staging, and dense breast tissue.
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MRI can change diagnosis and treatment plan for knee problems

Did you know that using MRI for knee disorders can often change the diagnosis and treatment plan?

With an accurate diagnosis, confirmed by MRI, its easier for doctors and their patients to choose the best course of action – patients will get the more effective treatment.

A small study done by the Cleveland Clinic and presented in November at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual international conference found that an MRI changed the primary diagnosis in 37% of the cases and altered patient care in 29% of the cases including whether to do surgery or not, and which type of surgery to do.

The patients who were studied were all referred for MRIs by orthopedic or sports medicine doctors, who are the most skilled at evaluating knee problems.  The study hypothesized that if the expert diagnosis changed, then diagnosis done by non-surgeons or non-sports med doctors would probably be effected more. 

Looking for the right place to have your knee checked out?  Our radiologists are all skilled musculoskeletal MRI interpreters and work closely with the sports medicine doctors and surgeons at Allan McGavin Sports Medicine at UBC.  Call us today for more information at 1-877-709-8522 or visit us online at www.canadadiagnostic.com

And don’t forget to check out our options for pain management!  http://www.canadadiagnostic.com/content/services/pain-management.php

 

  Filed under: Categories: Knee, Knee, Knee, MRI Scans, MSK, Orthopedic, and Sport Medicine. Tags: knee MRI and knee problems.
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MRI shows fish-filled diet helps lower Alzheimer’s risk

A study presented at last months Radiological Society of North America’s annual conference suggests that that eating baked or broiled fish weekly can reduce the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

The study, done by University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre researchers, included MRI imaging of the brain’s grey matter volume over a 10 year period. The study established a direct relationship between fish consumption, brain structure, and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Grey matter volume is crucial to brain health; when it increases, brain health is maintained.  Decreases in grey-matter volume indicate that brain cells are shrinking. 

Scientists think that the omega-2 fatty acids in the fish are benefitting the brain.  Baked or broiled fish deliver more omega-3’s to the brain than does fried fish.  Sadly, fish & chips aren’t the way to improve brain health!

The scientists found that having fish as little as once per week can increase brain grey-matter volume.  The main message of the study is that the more baked or broiled fish you eat, the more grey-matter volume you will have as you age.  Having more grey-matter in the future, will lessen your risk for Alzheimer’s.

Visit our website to find out more about MRIs, CTs and Ultrasounds.  http://www.canadadiagnostic.com/content/services/T_Scans.php

or call us at 604-709-8522

  Filed under: Categories: Brain Scans, Brain Scans, and MRI Scans. Tags: Alzheimer's, baked & broiled fish, brain health, and MRI.
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The benefits of CT Calcium Scoring keep making news!

American Heart AssociationCT Calcium Scoring broadens heart attack risk prediction – November 2011

LancetCoronary Calcium Scores are best for guiding statin therapy – August 2011

Journal of the American College of CardiologyMESA results confirm prognostic value of CT calcium scoring – July 2011

Journal of the American College of CardiologyCoronary Artery Calcium progression predicts mortality – December 2010

Journal of the American College of CardiologyAdding CT calcium scoring to traditional risk factors increases accuracy in determining which risk category a patient should be placed in – October 2010

If you are age 50+, consider a CT Calcium Score to help you and your doctor determine your best course of action.  Call us today at 1-877-709-8522 or email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com

 

  Filed under: Categories: Cardiovascular, CT Scans, and Heart Scans. Tags: Calcium Score, Canada Diagnostic, Heart Scans, Private CT, Private MRI, and Vancouver.
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Mayo Clinic study finds PRP safe and effective

A study done at the Mayo Clinic, and published in the October 2011 Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, finds that needle tenotomy plus PRP is a “safe and effective treatment for chronic, recalcitrant tendinopathy”.

The patients who participated in the study each had stubborn tendon problems.  The tendons treated in the study were located in the upper arms (including elbows), legs, ankles and feet. 

The researchers at the Mayo Clinic used needle tenotomy (in simple terms, “poking” the tendon with a needle) before injecting the PRP into the injured tendon.  Their aim was to create more surface area for the PRP to latch on to, increasing the amount of tissue regeneration stimulation that could occur.

Highly-concentrated platelet-rich plasma (hcPRP) is now available at Canada Diagnostic .  Email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com or call us at 1-877-709-8522 to learn more.

  Filed under: Categories: hcPRP, hcPRP, injections, Knee, Knee, MSK, Orthopedic, pain management, PRP, PRP, and Sport Medicine. Tags: hcPRP, platelet rich plasma vancouver, PRP in Vancouver, PRP Vancouver, and tendinopathy.
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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

This month, the spotlight turns to Lung Cancer.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deathfor both men and women.  In 2011, an estimated 25,300 Canadians will be diagnosed with lung cancer and 20,600 will die of it.  Up to 85% of all lung cancers are attributable to smoking.

If you are a smoker, or smoked in the past, you should consider a Lung scan at Canada Diagnostic as a screening test for the early detection of lung cancer.

Contact us today to book your scan.

  Filed under: Categories: CT Scans and Lung Cancer. Tags: Lung Cancer Early Detection, Lung Cancer Screening, Lung CT, Lung Scans, and Screening Exams.
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Daily Aspirin May Help Prevent Colon Cancer

In big news last week, results of a study suggest that taking aspirin daily, may help prevent colon cancer in people who have a known genetic predisposition for the disease.  After five years of taking the aspirin, high-risk patients in the study had their cancer risk reduced by 50%.

Aspirin alone – whether a person is high-risk or not – is not the entire solution. Regular screening for colon cancer is a MUST.  There are several types of screening tests available including CT Colonography (“Virtual Colonoscopy”) which the American Cancer includes as one of its recommended screening exams.  As part of his health check, President Obama underwent Virtual Colonoscopy last year.

Canada Diagnostic has been offering Virtual Colonoscopy since 2002.  All of our Radiologists have full College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC Certification to read Virtual Colonoscopy.  To learn more about Virtual Colonoscopy, please take a look at our info sheet:  QA – Virtual Colonoscopy.

Contact us to learn more about Virtual Colonoscopy and other screening exams available.  1-877-709-8522 or info@canadadiagnostic.com.

  Filed under: Categories: Colon Cancer and CT Scans. Tags: Canada Diagnostic Vancouver, CT Colonography, Private CT, and Virtual Colonoscopy.
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Knee Injuries Rise Sharply in Kids

A presentation made in October 2011 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference showed how knee injuries in children and teens have increased at “an alarming rate”.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and meniscus tears in young people have each increased significantly over the past 10 years.  What is causing this increase in diagnosed injuries?  The most likely explanations are that many kids now play a single sport at a high level, year-round – increasing their chances for overuse and other injuries.

There is also increased awareness into injuries, increased use of MRI which can diagnose tears (xray cannot), and even earlier visits to an orthopedic specialist.

So, what is a parent or coach to do?  There is increased emphasis on injury prevention in junior sport including screening for athletes who may be more at risk for these types of injuries.  Athletes, parents and coaches should seek out injury prevention programs that can be added to the practice/training programs.

If you think your child has a knee or other injury, getting an accurate diagnosis and timely treatment will not only get them back playing sooner, but could prevent more long-term serious joint problems.  Contact us today to find out how we can help.  Canada Diagnostic Centres (BC) Ltd. 1-877-709-8522 / 604-709-8522 or info@canadadiagnostic.com

Stay Safe & Healthy!

 

  Filed under: Categories: Knee, Knee, Knee, MRI Scans, MSK, Orthopedic, and Sport Medicine. Tags: diagnostic MRI, injury prevention, knee, knee injuries, knee injuries in children and teenagers, and sport medicine.
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