What’s Your REAL Risk of Having a Heart Attack?

A Cardiac Calcium Scoring (CCS) Test Can Tell You. If you could know your likelihood of having a heart attack in the next ten years, wouldn’t you want to know? The standard ways of assessing risk—looking at blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and smoking history—doesn’t always tell the complete story. A Cardiac Calcium Scoring (CCS) test is a quick, painless diagnostic exam proven to help measure your actual risk of heart attack, even before you have symptoms. What is a CCS test? Matthew Bentz, M.D., a diagnostic radiologist with Central Oregon Radiology describes it as, “A special type of rapid x-ray CT scan of...

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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...

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 Lumps There are many causes for breast lumps. They range from normal changes in the body to abnormal breast diseases. ...