Author: Sara Stuemke

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How 3D Mammograms are Revolutionizing Medicine

Using radiology to detect abnormalities in breast tissue, mammograms have helped women detect the early stages of breast cancer for several decades. However, thanks to technological advances that allow us to pair mammography with three-dimensional imaging, we now have even more information available to us. 3D mammograms allow us to detect more cancers than traditional mammograms while resulting in fewer false positives. Central Oregon Radiology Associates (or CORA) is proud to offer 3D mammograms to our patients in Bend, Redmond, Madras, and Prineville, Oregon. We are the only accredited breast center of excellence as well as the only center offering MRI...

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What Do ACR Accreditations Really Mean?

Central Oregon Radiology Associates (or CORA) provides diagnostic services that are accredited by the American College of Radiology (or ACR). But what do ACR accreditations mean? And why are they important to look for when you are choosing facilities? Here’s what you need to know, and why we’re proud to be ACR accredited. What is the ACR? The ACR is a nonprofit medical organization devoted to the fields of radiology, oncology, and nuclear medicine. In the 1990’s, they set out to establish a set of national guidelines for radiology services. After appointing panels and chair of radiology professionals, in 1993 they developed...

Women's imaging in Bend

Women’s Imaging | More than Mammograms

When we think of women’s imaging, most of us think about mammograms. Mammograms are an important way to screen for breast cancer and to diagnose other breast conditions, but did you know there are so many other ways we can use imaging services to monitor women’s health? Here are just a few of the services Central Oregon Radiology Associates (or CORA) provides for women’s imaging in Bend. Types of Women’s Imaging in Bend Mammograms Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention our mammogram services. CORA has upgraded our machines to provide the newest technology for our communities, 3D mammography, also...

MRI in Bend

Answers to Common Questions Before Your MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (or MRI) scanners use radio waves and magnetic fields to produce images of your internal organs and soft tissues. Unlike x-rays or CT scans, MRIs do not use radiation to generate images. As a result, they may be prescribed by your medical provider to diagnose brain injuries, tumors, stroke, dementia, and other brain and spine anomalies. Before you get your MRI in Bend, allow us to answer some of your questions. Here Are Our Answers to Common Questions Before Your MRI in Bend What is the Difference Between an MRI and a CT Scan? One of the most commonly asked...

nuclear medicine in bend

What You Need To Know About Nuclear Medicine

Radiologists use nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat a number of diseases including cancer, heart disease, neurological, endocrine, and gastrointestinal disorders. Unlike diagnostic x-rays which pass external radiation through the body to produce an image of the anatomy, nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of internal radiation and special cameras to show physiological functions of the body. Here’s what you need to know about nuclear medicine in Bend, Oregon. What Is Nuclear Medicine? Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that allows us to view the function of physiological processes inside the body. To do this, a small amount of radioactive matter (known...

CT scan in Central Oregon

What to Expect During Your CT Scan

Computed tomography (or CT) scans provide a three-dimensional view of your bones, blood vessels, and soft tissue. This allows doctors to have a better look at your head, heart, lungs, abdomen, and digestive system. If your doctor has requested a CT scan in Central Oregon, schedule your appointment with Central Oregon Radiology Associates (or CORA). We provide more than a dozen types of CT scans specific to your needs. Here’s What You Need to Know About Your CT Scan in Central Oregon: How It Works A CT scan uses X-ray technology to create a three-dimensional image of your bones, blood vessels, and organs....

3d ultrasound in Central Oregon

Getting Your 3D Ultrasound in Central Oregon

Ultrasounds use a transducer or probe to see the soft tissue inside of the body. Typically this results in a two-dimensional image produced by scanning through one “slice” of your body. However, by taking several two-dimensional images, a three-dimensional image can be created for a complete view of your body. This can be used to view internal body structures such as muscles, tendons, joints, organs, and blood vessels. Perhaps most popularly, they can be used to monitor an unborn child during pregnancy. Schedule your appointment to get your 3D ultrasound in Central Oregon. Here’s What You Need to Know About Getting...

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What is Interventional Radiology?

Central Oregon Radiology Associates P.C. (CORA) has recently added two new Interventional Radiologists, Dr. Ben English and Dr. Marco Ugas, to our staff. These doctors bring top-notch training and the latest minimally invasive image-guided techniques to safely address problems throughout the body. But what exactly is interventional radiology? Learn frequently asked questions and their answers below. Why Haven’t I Heard of Interventional Radiology Before? Interventional radiology goes by a few different names and is a relatively new development in the medical field. Vascular and interventional radiology (VIR), also known as interventional radiology (IR), is a medical subspecialty that provides minimally invasive and...


CORA Opens New Medical Imaging Facility on Bend’s South Side

The staff and doctors at Central Oregon Radiology Associates P.C. (CORA) are excited to announce the opening of our new medical imaging facility on Bend’s south side. Our new state-of-the-art facility on the south side is located off 3rd Street, across from Bend’s outlet mall. State-of-the-Art Technology with a Spa-Like Atmosphere Our newly constructed imaging center is designed to enhance patient comfort while offering the most advanced imaging technology available in the field of radiology. This location offers spacious design and a comfortable, spa-like atmosphere with features supporting MRI, advanced CT, x-ray, ultrasound, and 3D mammography.   The MRI lighting selected for...

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),...