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September Is PAD Awareness Month. Know The Signs!

The lazy days of summer are over, and it’s time to gear up for winter. This is why September is often referred to as a month to refocus energy.  It’s the perfect time of year to use as an annual reminder to take stock of our wellbeing and focus on health issues that impact us as we age. Why concentrate on aging? Well, if you compare the stages of your life to the months of the year, September would be considered middle age, so it makes sense.  One of the conditions whose risk increases in our “Septembers” is peripheral arterial disease (PAD)....

We Take it Personally

Understanding your overall risk of breast disease is essential. Each of us has a unique personal and family history that determines our chances for developing breast cancer. That’s why we calculate your risk level each year as part of your mammography appointment.  Breast cancer risk assessment is very important for identifying women who may benefit from more intensive breast cancer surveillance.  We calculate your risk with a simple yet valuable survey that collects your health history as well as your family’s. The results are used to calculate your personal risk for developing breast cancer in the future.  Results  You will informed of your...

Vascular Intervention: The Effective No-Stitch Solution.

Think conditions like venous and arterial disease, benign prostate disease, fibroids and vertebral fracture always require surgery?  Think again.  Vascular intervention offers a minimally invasive, life-changing approach to diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions.  Why vascular  intervention? Vascular intervention is a vast and expanding discipline. Performed by our fellowship-trained vascular specialists, Vascular  intervention delivers a host of advantages over traditional approaches.  Benefits include:  More accurate diagnosis, thanks to high visibility during diagnostic imaging  Less blood loss  Lower risk of infection  Less damage to surrounding tissue  Local anesthesia or moderate sedation rather than general anesthesia  Less pain No stitches, staples or large bandages Same-day...

CORA Partners with St. Charles Cancer Center to Provide Low-Dose CT Lung Screenings

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but if diagnosed early it is much easier to treat. Low-dose CT (LDCT) is the only recommended screening test for lung cancer. It is one of the most effective cancer screenings, with one life saved for every 320 screened. Pulmonary Nodule Clinic In the past, there has been no process in place to ensure a patient followed up on a pulmonary nodule discovered while they received acute care. The Pulmonary Nodule Clinic addresses this gap by using Central Oregon Radiology Associates software to identify imaging reports that note...

A man with his doctor discussing gynecomastia

What is Gynecomastia? 

Gynecomastia (pronounced “guy-nuh-koh-MAS-tee-uh”) is enlargement of the breast tissue in males. It is noncancerous and a result of hormonal imbalance.  When does it occur? Gynecomastia can occur in both boys and men from infancy to old age. Infant gynecomastia: Male babies may have enlarged breasts at birth, and in the months following, due to exposure to their mother’s hormones during gestation. More than half of male babies have gynecomastia.  Adolescent gynecomastia: Hormone changes during puberty can cause gynecomastia. Adolescent gynecomastia typically affects both breasts and resolves on its own within six months to two years.  Adult gynecomastia: One-quarter of men ages 50 to 69 have...

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Mammogram Myths

Mammograms are the gold standard for breast cancer screening. In fact, today’s mammograms allow doctors to detect up to 40% more invasive breast cancers than before.  Yet myths surrounding this life-saving screening may prevent some from getting mammograms as recommended. Read these mammogram myths to see what you know—and what you can learn.    Myth #1: I Don't Need a Mammogram Unless I Feel a Lump  Reality: You don’t need to have any symptoms, including a lump, to have a mammogram. CORA recommends mammograms for every woman every year starting at age 40. Women whose breast cancer is detected at an early stage have...

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Comprehensive Vein Care That’s Minimally Invasive and Focused on YOU.

Do you have swollen, bulging veins? Itching or heaviness in the legs? Swelling in the legs or ankles? You could have a venous disorder.  Venous—or vein—disorders include varicose veins, which affect approximately one-third of Americans. Varicose veins are often the result of “venous reflux,” a condition in which blood travels backwards through the vein, causing the vein walls to enlarge. This can lead to a variety of health problems, including pain, swelling, skin changes and infections, and blood clots.  Fortunately, Central Oregon Radiology offers comprehensive vein care using minimally invasive, state-of-the-art treatment.  Advanced comprehensive vein care by the region's experts.  Our Vascular and Interventional...

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See How We Treat Varicose Veins in a Whole New Light

Varicose veins can be painful, itchy, fatiguing—and eliminated without surgery. Central Oregon Radiology provides Endovenous Laser Therapy (or EVLT), a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that uses medical lasers to treat varicose veins. This procedure offers fewer risks, a quicker recovery, and high success rates. Read on to learn more.   Who gets varicose veins? The short answer: many of us.  In fact, one in four Americans has—or will have—varicose veins: bulging, bluish veins that can cause pain, itching, swelling, fatigue, cramping, restless legs and more. The likelihood of developing varicose veins depends on a variety of factors, including being above age 50, having a stationary job that...

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Screening Benefits of Fast Breast MRI

Mammograms are the gold standard for breast cancer screening. However, dense breast tissue can make it difficult for doctors to detect some breast cancers with mammography alone. Fast Breast MRI, also called Abbreviated Breast or AB MRI, can detect more than twice as many breast cancers as 3-D mammography. This makes it an important screening tool for women with dense breasts.    What is Fast Breast MRI? Fast Breast MRI is a shorter version of full breast MRI that’s up to three times faster. This test has been around for the past 20 years and includes only the most important sequences for detecting...

a doctor assesses a patient's leg; how to treat PAD

How to Treat PAD: The Innovative Procedures Used by Our Radiologists

Your health. Our experts. How our Vascular and Interventional Radiologists use innovative procedures to treat PAD. It affects more than eight million Americans.  It can cause pain, difficulty walking and sores that won’t heal.  It’s Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and, if left untreated, can result in serious complications.  Fortunately, to treat PAD we can use minimally invasive techniques that deliver less risk, pain, and a shorter recovery time than traditional surgery. These advanced procedures are performed by our highly specialized team of Vascular and Interventional Radiologists, who determine which procedure is right for each patient.  But first: a primer on PAD. What is PAD? In a...