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Radiologists Stick to Yearly

Mammograms Starting at Age 40

Radiologists Stick to Yearly

As radiologists, we’re often asked if we’d recommend the same exams to our friends, family or even ourselves if we were in the patient’s shoes. When it comes to recommending annual screening mammograms for women aged 40 and over, the answer from radiologists is a resounding “Yes.”

A study published in the June online edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology surveyed 487 breast radiologists about their mammography screening recommendations. The radiologists were asked about which exams they recommended to their average-risk patients, friends and family; they were further asked if those recommendations were consistent with how they would care for themselves if they were the patient.

PET/CT

Is a Winning Combination

PET/CT

When it comes to high-tech imaging and tracking of cancer, nothing matches the amazing capabilities of today’s PET/CT machine. The technology combines positron emission tomography (PET) scanning with computed tomography (CT) scanning. PET uses small amounts of radiation to show how well various organs are functioning; CT provides detailed images of organs and tissues. The combined result is highly detailed 3-D images of the function and structure of various parts of the body.

The first PET/CT prototype was unveiled in 1998 at the University of Pittsburg, and it was first introduced into clinical use in 2001. PET/CT has emerged as one of the fastest growing modalities worldwide according to the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology.

The Role of Nuclear Medicine

In Medical Imaging

The Role of Nuclear Medicine

The field of nuclear medicine is used every day, including right here in Flagstaff, to help diagnose and treat various illnesses and health problems. Nuclear medicine might seem a bit scary to those not familiar with this area of medical care; however, there have been amazing medical advances achieved in this field by working with controlled, low doses of radioactive substances.

At Northern Arizona Radiology, specially trained physicians (radiologists) work with imaging technology such as X-rays and nuclear imaging to get a better look at what’s really going on inside a patient’s body. Unlike X-rays, which are basically images of the body from the outside looking in (X-rays passing through the body from an outside source), nuclear imaging views part of the body from the inside looking out, with imaging equipment outside the body picking up traces of radioactive substances from inside the body.

Throughout Arizona

The Northern Arizona Radiology offices are conveniently located on the first floor of the Physicians and Surgeons Building, just north of the hospital on the SE corner of Forest Ave and Beaver St. Free on-site parking is available. Please be aware that there are three (3) NAR offices. Check-in at the suite appropriate for the exam you are having performed. See below.

Suite 101, to the right as you enter the building: Mammography, Women’s Ultrasound, & Breast Biopsies

Suite 105, down the hall on the right as you enter the building: MRI

Suite 102, just to the left as you enter the building: X-Ray, General Ultrasound, CT, PET/CT, Bone Densitometry, Nuclear Medicine & Interventional procedures

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays by Scheduled Appointment.