Based on new evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) — the government panel that evaluates the latest scientific evidence on preventive services — recently came out in support of low-dose CT screening for lung cancer in current and former heavy smokers. The USPSTF draft recommendation is based on evidence from several studies, most notably the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST) involving more than 50,000 individuals.
In the wake of the draft recommendation, Northern Arizona Radiology becomes one of the first centers in the region to offer CT lung screening for cancer. Northern Arizona Radiologist Stephen V. Ward, M.D., said the trials and the USPSTF recommendation for CT lung screening in asymptomatic, high-risk current and former smokers is the kind of evidence that insurance providers and physicians have been waiting for.
Adds Oupatient Nuclear Medicine Capabilities
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Doctors in Northern Arizona now have a powerful new tool to diagnose, treat, and manage a wide variety of diseases. Northern Arizona Radiology is the newest facility in the Flagstaff area to use a state-of-the-art molecular camera to capture high quality medical images.
The Siemens e.cam gamma camera scans as close to the patient as possible to produce images of exceptional quality and detail. Patients can be imaged on an outpatient basis and do not have to be admitted to the hospital.
Northern Arizona Radiology has enhanced its radiology and vascular care capabilities with the acquisition of a new, high-tech ultrasound system from GE Healthcare. Among the most impressive features of the LOGIQ E9 system is volume Navigation Needle Tracking.
Volume Navigation gives our radiologists the ability to combine information from previous CT, PET or MRI studies with new ultrasound images, enabling improved ultrasonography diagnosis and therapy guidance. Combined with GPS-like tracking technology that senses the motion of the physician’s hand, the radiologist is able to track and mark a patient’s anatomy during ultrasound exams.