Archive for the ‘Women’s Imaging’ Category

September 24, 2013

Study: Lack of Breast Screening Leads to More Cancer Deaths

A new study has been published in the journal Cancer, and it found that 70% of deaths from breast cancer in a group of more than 7,000 women occurred in individuals who did not receive regular screening mammograms. Researchers believe that the findings indicate that breast screening saves lives— particularly for women in their 40s.

Researchers tracked invasive breast cancers diagnosed between 1990 and 1999, and followed through 2007. Findings included that among 609 confirmed breast cancer deaths, 29% were among women who had been screened with mammography, while 71% were among women who were not screened regularly. Also, the women who died of breast cancer were younger. Of all breast cancer deaths, only 13% occurred in women age 70 or older, but 50% occurred in women younger than 50.

Our entire team at Imaging Healthcare Specialists wants to remind women of the importance of obtaining a mammogram each year. We know that it can be difficult to remember when your last mammogram was, and a few years may have gone by since your last one and you may not have realized it. The American Cancer Society recommends women get yearly mammograms starting at age 40, and based on the findings from this study this still remains true.

If you would like to schedule your mammogram at one of our convenient locations, please contact Imaging Healthcare Specialists at 866-588-4320 or click here to request a mammogram online.

To read the complete Cancer article, click here.

September 20, 2013

Team Know Your Curves is the 2013 Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure Team of the Week!

Team Know Your Curves is being recognized as the Team of the Week for the Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure taking place on November 3rd at Balboa Park. We are thrilled to be recognized for our ongoing particpation in this exciting event. Read our inspiring story from Susan G. Komen San Diego below. 

Team Know Your Curves: Imaging Healthcare Specialists “Walking the Walk”

Talk about, “Walking the Walk!”  Team “Know Your Curves” is a combination of IHS Radiologists, technologists, personnel, friends and family.  According to the team leader, Jamie Esposito, “We are the leader in outpatient diagnostic imaging in San Diego County and we’re all about partnering with the women of San Diego County to win the fight against breast cancer.”  Not only do “Know Your Curves” team members dedicate their professional lives to the fight against breast cancer, but they have amassed a team of approximately 130 members and continue to grow!  Every year they try to get more IHS employees and family members to join in on the celebration by starting early and keeping it fun. 

Touching close to home, Captain Esposito said, “Amongst our team we have survivors, friends and family members that have been affected by breast cancer, as well as people who have witnessed our patient’s battle with breast cancer.”  So, in an effort to heal, fight and honor those who have been affected, “Know Your Curves” starts months before the Race Day raising money and recruiting.

With strength in numbers, “Know Your Curves” very large head count will undoubtedly pack a punch in the war against breast cancer.  We at Komen want to thank you for spreading the word, calling the troops and making a difference.  We will see you on November 3!

Click here to visit the Susan G. Komen website for event details.

May 13, 2013

New California State Law Regarding Dense Breast Tissue

A new California State Law (Senate Bill 1538) requires that lay summaries about a woman’s breast density be sent in addition to the letter she already receives from the radiologist after every mammogram. Thus, on April 1, 2013, in compliance with the new California state law, we began sending the following information to patients with heterogeneously or extremely dense breast tissue:

“Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is common   and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to evaluate the results of your mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

 This information about the results of your mammogram is given to you to raise you awareness and to inform your conversation with your doctor. Together, you can decide which screening options are right for you. A report of your results was sent to your physician.”

Imaging Healthcare Specialists realizes that receipt of this information may raise patient anxiety and result in more inquiries to you. Our radiologists strongly support evidence-based medical decision-making and have resources to help guide patients and their clinical providers to determine if any supplemental screening is recommended.

January 4, 2012

Birth Defect Detection on KUSI News

Dr. O’Shaughnessy of Imaging Healthcare Specialists was featured on the KUSI morning news to discuss birth defect detection for Birth Defects Prevention Month.

October 28, 2011

IHS Breast Cancer Awareness on CW 6 News

Imaging Healthcare Specialists’s Dr. Tena was featured on San Diego CW 6 News this month to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. Watch the video below.

September 1, 2009

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy – What you should Know

This is a simple and safe procedure performed at various San Diego Imaging locations by our team of breast imaging specialists. Advanced computer imaging technology is used to map the precise location of the area of interest in the breast that was seen on your mammogram.

This technology aids the physician in removing a small section of the suspicious tissue with pinpoint accuracy. The sample is sent to pathologist, a physician specializing in the analysis of tissue samples under a microscope for diagnosis. The entire biopsy should take approximately an hour.

July 3, 2009

Imaging Healthcare Specialists Provides Sub Specialty Expertise for All Mammography Patients

Imaging Healthcare Specialists is drawing on the sub-specialized expertise of our radiologists to provide centralized professional interpretations for our mammography patients. The partnership between the radiologists from our two medical groups represents the largest professional radiology service network in our area and in a collaborative effort will provide sub-specialized readers to interpret all mammography exams done at our facilities.

July 2, 2009

Imaging Healthcare Specialists Installs Digital Mammography at Six Area Facilities

IHS has installed digital mammography at its locations in San Diego, Hillcrest, Encinitas, Poway, Temecula and San Clemente. Digital mammography offers several advantages over conventional mammography including improved sharpness and visibility of the breast, lower radiation dose and the reduction in the likelihood of patient callbacks.

July 1, 2009

Imaging Healthcare Specialists Awarded ACR Accreditation in Mammography

IHS has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as a result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology. The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer review evaluation of the practice by board-certified physicians and physicists who are experts in the field. IHS currently offers digital mammography at four locations and will be expanding this service to additional locations in the coming weeks.