Author: Kate Harvey

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every month of October since 1985 has been known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over the course of this month, many organizations and individuals will come together to spread knowledge and awareness of breast cancer prevention, detection, and treatment, as well as provide support to those who have been affected by breast cancer and to celebrate the tenacity and resilience of breast cancer survivors.Because of the relatively common occurrence of breast cancer, many people have a personal connection to its effects through a diagnosis of a friend, a family member, or themselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),...

mammogram guidelines

About Screening Mammogram Guidelines

Central Oregon Radiology Associates (CORA) recognizes that there are conflicting mammogram guidelines for screening and that these conflicts can be a source of confusion for patients and providers alike.Central Oregon Radiology Associates seeks to provide quality, evidence-based information for clinicians and patients in the Central Oregon region. With this in mind, Central Oregon Radiology Associates offers the following clarification and position regarding screening mammogram guidelines: Mammography remains the best tool available to screen for breast cancer. It has helped reduce the breast cancer death rate in the United States by 30 percent. Currently, insurance coverage for annual screening mammograms beginning at...

Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, Inventor of Computed Tomography

This week we’re recognizing British electrical engineer, and x-ray computed tomography (CT scan) inventor Sir Godfrey Hounsfield. Hounsfield helped design the first commercially available all-transistor computer made in Great Britain: the EMIDEC 1100 in 1958. Hounsfield invented what is now known as a CT scan machine (x-ray computed tomography) and successfully scanned a live patient in 1971. For his part in developing the ground-breaking technology, he and partner Allan Cormack won a Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1979. Sir Godfrey Hounsfield’s name is also immortalized by the Hounsfield scale, which is a measure of radiodensity used in evaluating CT...

Breast Lumps: Things You Need To Know

Here at CORA we recommend all women perform regular monthly breast self-exams.  If lumps or thickenings are detected, here are some things to know.A breast lump is defined as a swelling, protuberance, or lump in the breast. Very often the discovery of a lump brings the immediate thought of breast cancer, but stay calm. Statistics show that 80-95% of all detected breast lumps are benign, especially in women in the age of 40.Causes and Types of Breast LumpsThere are many causes for breast lumps. They range from normal changes in the body to abnormal breast diseases....