Chest X-ray: lung anatomy

Okay, let’s get into some basic anatomy of the lungs. First off it is critical for you to know that there is an “anatomic” position, meaning there is a standard convention for locating body parts. A person could be pictured laying on their back with hands down at their sides and palms up. Viewing is […]

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Chest X-ray: A basic introduction

BACKGROUND Although I have not received any online comments, a technologist I work with this past Thursday told me that technologists at the regional hospital had been talking about my blogs. I was told that they have been well received. I am so happy to hear that local healthcare providers who are collaborators in community […]

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What to expect at breast biopsy

At this point you have completed a diagnostic examination and the findings led the radiologist to recommend a biopsy. A diagnostic work up may entail any of the modalities: mammogram, ultrasound, and/or MRI. Generally, lesions should be biopsied under the modality where they are best visualized, particularly for subtle lesions. That being said I will […]

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The Internet is a Dangerous Place

Originally posted on Jessie Fisher's PT Blog:
The internet is full of amazing information.  I’m not sure how I got through life without it.  There are tons of sites on the internet that offer free medical advice and many of them offer home treatments for musculoskeletal problems.  What kinds of exercises you should to…

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Mammogram – What does a radiologist look for?

When a radiologist is reviewing your mammogram there are three things in particular they are looking for to exclude possible cancer: mass, architectural distortion, and suspicious calcifications. We will discuss each feature, but many of these things may only be detected when comparing to prior exams, which is why you should have ANNUAL mammograms. As […]

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Mammogram – what is BI-RADS and what does it mean to me?

BI-RADS stands for the Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System. Along with breast density, it is the only other mandated requirement to appear in your breast report. Your BI-RADS score determines your next course of action. Structured data reporting and collection began with mammography. Just as Apple has the iEverything, the American College of Radiology (ACR) as the […]

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Mammogram – What does my breast density mean?

Every screening mammogram report should include an assessment for breast density. It may include a callback letter requesting you return for further evaluation. Mammographically, the breasts are made of two types of tissue: fat and fibroglandular tissue (glands and ducts for milk production and the supporting structures and ligaments). By convention from old film screen […]

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