Have you been screened for colon cancer?

March is Colon Cancer Awareness month.

Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canada – yet this is one of the most preventable cancers if abnormal growths are found early.

Everyone over age 50 should be screened for colon cancer, and people with risk factors should start even earlier.  Find out more about screening tests here.

The gold standard for colon cancer screening is an optical colonoscopy – an alternative is a Virtual Colonoscopy or CT Colonography.  This is a quick, simple scan that requires no sedation and is ideal for people at average risk for developing colon cancer.  Visit our website to learn more.

If you are interested in learning whether a colonoscopy, virtual colonoscopy or FIT test is right for you, talk to your doctor – these are tests that could help save your life.

If we can help with a Virtual Colonoscopy, send us an email at info@canadadiagnostic.com or give us a call at 604-709-8522.

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Primary Care Doctors say Imaging Improves Patient Care

Do we use too much medical imaging? Not according to primary care doctors in a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The study surveyed 500 primary care doctors in the U.S. – 88% of the physicians surveyed said that diagnostic imaging allows them to be more confident in their diagnoses and to make better clinical decisions. All that equals better patient care in their books.

In both the United States and Canada, medical imaging is viewed as a costly component of the healthcare system and ways to cut those costs are being explored. Practical guidelines have been developed both in Canada and the U.S. to help doctors choose the most appropriate type of imaging for their patients’ particular symptoms. The goal of these guidelines is to help eliminate unnecessary or redundant testing.

At Canada Diagnostic, we are able to offer MRI, CT and Ultrasound so that you can get the best test possible for your unique needs. Our radiologists are available to speak with your doctors anytime to help determine what the best test is. Each type of test provides a different type of information, so its important to choose the best one for diagnostic accuracy.

Find out how we can help – call us today at 604-709-8522 or email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com

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Aortic Aneurysm Screening Urged for Older Male Smokers

The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF)have recommended that men aged 65 to 75 who have ever smoked should get an ultrasound to screen for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA).

Why is screening important? Most AAAs are “silent” until they rupture and AAA ruptures are often fatal.

The Mayo Clinic defines an AAA as “An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta, the major blood vessel that supplies blood to the body. The aorta, about the thickness of a garden hose, runs from your heart through the center of your chest and abdomen. Because the aorta is the body’s main supplier of blood, a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding”

Screening for an AAA is an easy procedure – its simply an ultrasound of your abdomen, concentrating on the aorta. Canada Diagnostic Centres has been providing AAA screening since 2007 and patients often combine this screening test with our other screening exams for early detection of disease.

What about men over age 65 who have never smoked? the Task Force asks doctors to consider their patients on a case-by-case basis. Patients may have other risk factors which may suggest screening is a good idea, such as a family history of AAA, a history of other vascular aneurysms, atherosclerosis, obesity and hypertension.

Where does that leave women? The evidence isn’t in yet, but this is an area that is being actively studied. Risk factors should definitely be considered.

Should you get a screening ultrasound for AAA? Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and whether this exam is right for you. We would be happy to give you more information about the exam and the other screening tests we provide at Canada Diagnostic. Its easy to contact us at 604-709-8522, or toll-free at 1-877-709-8522. Prefer email? Please contact us at info@canadadiagnostic.com

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Coronary Calcium Score good indicator for long-term heart health

Five new studies bolster evidence for coronary artery calcium scans (“CACS”) as assessment tool. The test appears to provide an early indication of a person’s long-term risk for heart disease.
The studies were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session.

CACS is a test that measures the amount and pattern of calcium that has accumulated in a patient’s coronary arteries. Coronary artery calcium is an early sign of coronary heart disease, which is the number one cause of death for both men and women in North America.

This test has been available for years and some of the new studies have tracked patients for 10 years or more. The studies have shown that CACS are better at predicting long-term heart problems than other available tests — particularly when looking at low-risk patients.

The studies were conducted at leading research hospitals including Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt in New York and Harbour UCLA in Los Angeles.

Canada Diagnostic has been providing Multi-Detector CT CACS since 2002. Its a quick, easy non-invasive way to assess your coronary arteries for early signs of disease. Click here to learn more about all of our atherosclerosis screening tests.

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What’s your risk of heart attack? Should you get tested?

CardioSmart, by the American College of Cardiology, has an excellent overview of a Coronary Artery Calcium Score test and some great advice as to whether you should get tested or not.

A coronary calcium scan checks for calcium buildup in the coronary arteries. Calcium in these arteries is a sign of heart disease. A high score on a calcium scan can mean that you have a higher chance of having a heart attack than someone with a low score.

The results of a coronary calcium scan may prompt you to make some lifestyle changes, such as exercising, eating better, and quitting smoking. But if you’re worried about heart disease, you can do these things even if you don’t have this test.

People who are at medium risk for heart disease will get the most benefit from this test. Medium risk means that you have a 10% to 20% chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years, based on your risk factors. You can be at medium risk and not have any symptoms of heart disease. Knowing your risk for a heart attack is a key part of your decision to get a scan. Take the online quiz here.

A calcium scan can give your doctor more information about your risk for heart disease. A high score might prompt your doctor to start or change treatment to help you avoid a heart attack.
You could get a high score from the test even if your arteries aren’t blocked. This could lead to other tests or treatments that you don’t need.

Not all blocked arteries have calcium. So you could get a low calcium score and still be at risk.

If a Calcium Score might be right for you, talk to your doctor. Canada Diagnostic has been providing Calcium Scores since 2002, and since 2007 we’ve been providing ultrasound scans of the carotid arteries which is another excellent screening exam for early signs of plaque build-up. You can learn more about our atherosclerosis screening exams on our website. Call us to find out more about both exams at 604-709-8522 or email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com.

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Cut the risk of heart attack in half by controlling blood pressure & cholesterol

A new research article in the medical journal Circulation shows that patients may reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by at least half by getting their blood pressure and cholesterol under control.

A healthy lifestyle is important for minimizing cardiovascular disease but so is taking medications if they are needed to get control over blood pressure and cholesterol.  While preventing heart disease is important, maintaining healthy blood vessels is too!

If you have risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history, overweight or sedentary lifestyle, you might benefit from having a Coronary Artery Calcium Score (CACS).  A CACS takes a look at your coronary arteries and can spot small amounts hard plaque in your vessel walls – an early indicator of cardiovascular disease.

For more information about CACS, see our other blog articles:  Patients Who “See” Their Heart Disease are Much More Motivated to Follow Doctor’s Orders (July 31, 2012) and #1 Heart Disease Predictor (September 13, 2012).

Call us today to find out more about CACS at 1-877-709-8522 or send us an email at info@canadadiagnostic.com.  You can read more about our CACS scan and other screening exams offered at Canada Diagnostic here.

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Heading Soccer ball leads to brain injury

According to a study published June 11 in the journal Radiology, soccer players who frequently use their heads to field the ball have brain abnormalities that show up on MRI and that are similar to those found in people with traumatic brain injury.

Soccer balls can travel as fast as 50 miles per hour, and a player may head the ball up to a dozen times during a game.  During practices, it might be common to perform heading drills – where the ball might be bounced off of a player’s head several dozen times.  During the repeated impacts, the brain is accelerating/decerlating inside the skull.

We already know the effects of multiple concussions and how sports like north-american football are starting to grapple with those effects.  But what about impacts that don’t cause concussion like repetitive heading of a soccer ball?

Testing has shown that cognitive (memory) performance decreased in soccer players after a threshold of 1800 headings per year.  However, the changes seen in the brain on MRI show tissue changes that preceed cognitive decline at thresholds of 900 – 1500 headings per year.  The cumulative effects of repetitive minor injury might not be apparent for many years.

How can this type of cumulative brain injury be avoided?  One of the studies authors suggested that players heading counts be monitored and the players be given a recovery period once a certain number of headings has been reached.  Baseball does something similar with pitchers to save their arms/shoulders from permanent damage.

for more information about MRI, CT and Ultrasound services at Canada Diagnostic, please call us at 1-877-709-8522 or send us an email at info@canadadiagnostic.com.  You can also visit our website at www.canadadiagnostic.com.

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CT sees Twice the lung cancers of Xray

A new analysis of data from the landmark 2011 National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found that low-does CT detected twice as many early-stage lung cancers as x-ray on initial screening.

The NLST found that participants who received low-dose helical CT scans had a 20.0 percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer than participants who received standard chest X-rays.

You can read more here.

At Canada Diagnostic, we have been providing Screening Lung CT scans since 2002.  This exam may be right for you if you have a history of smoking or exposure to environmental risk factors (asbestos, desert living, second-hand smoke).  Please call us at 604-709-8522 to learn more, or visit our website.

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10 Greatest Medical Inventions of the last 50 years – guess what tied for #1? CT & MRI!

According to healthexecnews.com, CT and MRI tie for the greatest medical inventions of the last 50 years.

The choice of MRI and CT as #1 reflects what an incredible impact these two technologies have made on the medical industry since their inception in the late 1970’s.  MRI and CT seem like standard procedures today, hinting at their significant impact on healthcare.

From screening for early disease detection, to detailed diagnostic scans, to monitoring treatment progress, MRI and CT have a role to play in just about every type of injury and illness.

At Canada Diagnostic in Vancouver, we’ve been offering MRI and CT scans since 2000.

The radiologists who interpret MRI & CT scans at Canada Diagnostic Centres all work, teach and do research at two of BC’s best-known teaching hospitals:  Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital.  What does this mean for our patients and their physicians?  Our radiologists are  at the forefront of the latest developments in advanced diagnostic imaging and read a high volume of specialized cases each year.

Our radiologists also bring a variety of sub-specialty skills to Canada Diagnostic relating to musculoskeletal, neurologic, breast and abdominal diagnostic imaging.  They use a team approach and are able to consult freely with each other in the event of challenging cases.  This depth and breadth of knowledge greatly benefits our patients and their doctors.

To learn more about the types of scans we offer at Canada Diagnostic, click here, or call us at 604-709-8522.

 

 

 

 

 

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