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Commonly Asked Questions About Varicose Veins

If you have questions about varicose veins in Bend, you’re not alone. Since over 20% of Americans experience varicose veins at some point in their lives, we’ve put together this guide of commonly asked questions so you can the answers you need from the doctors you trust. Are Varicose Veins Dangerous to My Health? They can be. Many people are told that varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue, and some varicose veins may even be invisible because of the fat between your muscles and skin. Regardless of how visible your veins are, they can still cause symptoms such as swelling and...

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What is Prostate Embolization? | Frequently Asked Questions

Prostate embolization is an innovative way to treat enlarged prostates in older men without invasive surgery. Since this is a state of the art procedure, many patients have questions regarding what prostate embolization is, how it works, and how safe the treatment is. To learn more about prostate embolization in Bend, take a look at these frequently asked questions and their answers. What is Prostate Embolization? Also known as PAE, prostate embolization is a safe and minimally-invasive treatment option for men who suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), known as an enlarged prostate. The prostate embolization procedure can significantly reduce the symptoms...

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Common Questions About 3D Mammograms

We’ve spoken about the benefits of 3D mammograms before, and how they are revolutionizing medicine today. But for those of you not yet aware of all that 3D imaging has to offer, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share a few fast facts about this relatively new technology and why you should consider getting an annual screening mammogram in 3D mammogram. A Few Common Questions About 3D Mammograms Why Should I Get a Screening Mammogram? Finding breast cancer early reduces your risk of dying from the disease by up to 30%. When you come in for regular mammograms, the radiologist is able to...

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Peripheral Vascular Disease | Understanding the Basics

Peripheral vascular disease (or PVD) is one of the leading causes of disability in those over age 60. In fact, the condition is estimated to affect 12-20% of people within that age group—affecting more than 8.5 million people nationwide. The disorder causes arteries to become constricted due to the build-up of plaque over time. PVD is often correlated with smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. PVD can be dangerous if it is not properly diagnosed or treated. If an artery becomes too narrow or is blocked, the result can be tissue damage, ulceration and eventually amputation. Here Are Our Answers...

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An Integrative Approach to Cancer Treatment

For those seeking cancer treatment, an integrative approach that combines elements of pathology and radiology may be beneficial. Right now, the two branches that make up the core of cancer diagnosis and yet remain separate branches. But that doesn’t mean they can’t work together to provide a comprehensive diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan. Here’s what you need to know about both disciplines. An Integrative Approach to Cancer Treatment Using Medical Imaging for Cancer Diagnosis Medical imaging plays an important role in diagnosing or surveilling cancer once treatment has been initiated or completed. At CORA, you will have access to the most advanced imaging...

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Top Tech Trends in Cancer Screening

Throughout the past ten years, radiological advances have changed the industry drastically. X-ray technology, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and women’s imaging services have become more accurate and have a lower margin of error. This enables us to make a better diagnosis and to make better decisions regarding treatment. That’s why Central Oregon Radiology Associates (or CORA) is proud to offer some of the most advanced cancer screening technology available today. Here Are Some of Today’s Top Trends in Radiology Advanced Cancer Screening One of the things we are most excited about is the advancements that have been made in...

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Fast Facts | What is a Radiologist?

CORA has an amazing team of radiologists that are happy to help with any number of imaging services in Bend, Redmond, and greater Central Oregon and Eastern Oregon. Still, we frequently receive questions from our patients as to what exactly a radiologist is and whether or not they differ from medical doctors. Here are our answers to all of your questions about radiology in Bend. Answers To Your Questions About Radiology What is a Radiologist? Radiologists are medical doctors (also called physicians). They have completed a bachelor's degree, four years of medical school, and then five years of residency training. All of the...

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Cardiac Calcium Scoring Information

Coronary artery disease (or CAD) is the most common cause of death worldwide. It affects more than 110 million people around the world and is responsible for more than 8.9 million deaths. However, knowing your risk of CAD can greatly help you to avoid it, and cardiac calcium scoring is one way to do that. Cardiac calcium scoring uses a CT scan to check the coronary arteries for plaque buildup. Because plaque buildup in the coronary arteries can be an indicator of atherosclerosis or CAD, it is an extremely helpful tool to help patients understand and mitigate their risks. This is...

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How CORA Gives Back to Our Community

CORA provides radiology in Bend and Central Oregon, but that isn’t the only way we contribute to the health of our community. CORA is proud to sponsor many musical, artistic, and educational organizations in Central Oregon. This is because we believe that physical health is only one component in the big picture that makes up the health and wellbeing of an individual. Community is another contributing factor—here are a few of the ways we celebrate ours. More Than Radiology in Bend: Here’s How CORA Gives Back To Our Community We Adopt a Family During the Holidays During the holiday season, CORA participates in...

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Musculoskeletal Radiologists at CORA

Central Oregon is the perfect playground for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. However, these activities can occasionally lead to musculoskeletal injuries. Your healthcare provider may order diagnostic imaging to help guide your treatment plan. This is where musculoskeletal (MSK) radiologists come into the picture. MSK radiologists are physicians who have completed 5 years of radiology residency training after medical school, plus an additional fellowship year of training specifically in diagnosing pathology that involves bones, muscles, and joints. When you have a radiograph (x-ray), CT, ultrasound, or MRI done, the radiologist interprets the images and reports the findings and diagnoses, which helps the...