Author: Sara Stuemke

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This month’s focus: minimally invasive varicose vein treatment.

Feeling good is the best gift of all. Is relief from the pain and bulging of varicose veins on your wish list? Discover state-of-the-art vein treatments from the Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) team at Central Oregon Radiology. Our fellowship-trained interventional radiologists use leading-edge technology and unparalleled expertise to deliver minimally invasive treatments of varicose veins, spider veins, and DVTs—with less risk, pain and recovery time than traditional surgery. These highly specialized physicians create custom treatment plans to deliver optimal results based on your unique needs and health.    Varicose Veins Painful. Disfiguring. And all-too-common. More than one in four Americans have—or will have—varicose veins:...

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What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?

PAD is a condition that occurs over time where the arteries supplying blood to the legs and feet build up deposits along the artery walls. The deposits limit blood flow and can cause serious health concerns. Each year, more American’s over the age of 50 are diagnosed with PAD. Know your risks. A diagnosis of the following may put you at a higher risk for PAD: • Diabetes • Obesity • High blood pressure • High cholesterol • Smoking • Age (over 50) • Family history of PAD or heart disease   Approximately half of all people who have PAD do not know they have the condition, and many individuals...

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What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)?

Uterine fibroids can cause serious symptoms in some women, including fatigue, heavy menstrual bleeding, infertility, pelvic pain, pressure or heaviness and bloating. Fibroids are the most common type of benign tumor in the uterus. These non-cancerous (benign) tumors often cause painful periods, heavy menstrual bleeding, pregnancy complications and pressure on the bladder and bowel.   UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION   If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) may be an option to help relieve symptoms. UFE, also known as uterine artery embolization, is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure used to treat fibroids. UFE is recognized by the American College of Obstetrics...

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What Is a Cardiac Calcium Scoring (CACS)?

Cardiac calcium scoring is a quick, painless CT exam that measures calcified atherosclerotic plaque along your heart. This state-of-the-art screening exam allows you to learn about your cardiac health before you have symptoms. Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting 1 in every 6 Americans. Screening for cardiovascular disease is the best way to get ahead of the risk. Treatment depends on your risk level, which can be evaluated with cardiac calcium scoring.  Our radiologists will assess your risk using cardiac computed tomography (CT) that will measure calcified atherosclerotic plaque along your heart.  What does...

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What to Look for in a Self Breast Exam

Here at CORA, we recommend all women over the age of 20 perform self breast exams each month, best performed in the shower the first week after menses for premenopausal women. If you feel any change, you should contact your provider. Any focal concerns in the breast should be scheduled as a diagnostic exam with our doctors, where we will specifically image that area of concern and often use both mammography and ultrasound. A screening exam should not be performed in that setting. Here's what to look for in a self breast exam. What are the common breast symptoms? Breast pain Palpable...

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What is a DEXA Scan and How Can it Benefit Me?

Also known as bone densitometry, a DEXA scan is a quick, painless, and non-invasive way to help diagnose osteoporosis and osteopenia in patients. Within a few minutes, we are able to calculate your bone density. This method is the most accurate way to estimate a patient's risk of bone fracture. How does CORA diagnose osteoporosis? We measure your bone density from a few sites to determine if you have normal, low (osteopenia), or very low (osteoporosis) density. What are the risk factors of osteoporosis? Post-menopausal women not currently taking estrogen Women with a personal or maternal history of smoking or hip fracture Men...

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Prenatal Ultrasound: What You Need to Know

Prenatal ultrasound imaging uses safe, high-frequency sound waves to produce images of a developing baby. These images help our doctors look at your baby's growth and anatomy. Ultrasound images can also help determine if any problems exist. Central Oregon Radiology Associates (CORA) uses state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment to perform imaging scans during each trimester of pregnancy. Common reasons for ultrasounds include: First trimester: Determine the baby's gestational age Confirm the number of babies and their location Part of screening for fetal health Evaluating for uterus or cervix abnormalities Second trimester: Evaluate fetal anatomy Answers to a specific medical question Check the baby's growth Check the...

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What is a 3D Mammogram?

3D mammography is also called tomosynthesis. 3D mammography, or tomosynthesis, is advanced technology that takes multiple images of the breast to recreate a 3D picture. This technology is different than traditional mammography which takes only a single image. 3D mammography allows our doctors to detect subtle changes in your breast, making it easier to find breast cancer at an earlier stage. Why get an annual screening mammogram? The implementation of screening mammography during the late 1980s and early 1990s helped reduce breast cancer mortality by 40%. This is due to earlier detection and treatment improvements. Research shows annual screening beginning at age 40 saves the...

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Everything You Need to Know About Abdominal Aorta Ultrasounds

An abdominal aorta ultrasound will determine your risk for an abdominal aortic aneurism. The screening is fast and painless, and can ultimately save your life. What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm? The aorta is the largest artery in the body that carries blood away from the heart. The abdominal aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body as well as the main artery that originates in the heart. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a condition of the aorta where the wall thins and becomes dilated. AAA can be dangerous because patients often have no symptoms, and the aorta can rupture if...

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How to Know If You’re at High Risk for Breast Cancer

There are many factors that distinguish whether a woman is considered at high risk for breast cancer. At CORA, our physicians and specialists can help you learn more about your risk with the following screening services: 2D and 3D Digital Mammography (tomosynthesis) Breast MRI Breast Ultrasound Image Guided Needle Biopsy Breast Cancer Risk Assessment What are the risk factors for breast cancer? Risk factors in a woman's life often affect whether or not she will get breast cancer in her lifetime. While some women at higher risk don't get the disease, and some women at lower risk do, it is important to start...