5 Ways You Can Prepare For Your First Mammogram

5 Ways You Can Prepare For Your First Mammogram

Undergoing an annual mammogram is the most important step for monitoring breast health. Mammograms are important tools in the fight against breast cancer because they are able to detect breast cancer in even the earliest stages before symptoms are notable, which allows doctors to more effectively treat the cancer and gives patients the highest chance of remission. Whether it’s your first time or you are a mammogram veteran, these tips will help you prepare for your mammogram exam.

Am I Too Young For A Mammogram?

The most commonly discussed women’s imaging topic is what is the best time for women to undergo their first mammogram. Since breast screenings are the first step to fighting breast cancer, mammography plays an important role in finding breast cancer during its early stages and successfully treating it. Breast Cancer Awareness starts knowing when to start scheduling annual mammogram screenings.

Signs And Symptoms To Look Out For Breast Cancer

BICRAD is dedicated to spreading breast cancer awareness during not only the month of October but every month. Our Women’s Imaging team is dedicated to providing our patients with the best quality breast screenings and answers to their breast cancer questions year-round. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women, making it a very real threat to women worldwide. The first step to fighting breast cancer is knowing the signs and symptoms of the disease – here’s where to start.  

Screening Tests Used For Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

As the second most common cancer in men, prostate cancer awareness is important. While this cancer is common in men, it’s usually successfully treated when detected early. Prostate screenings and biopsies are vital when diagnosing prostate cancer and monitoring treatment for diagnosed cases.  Since symptoms can be undetectable until later stages, knowing about what tests are available is the important first step to fighting prostate cancer.

Men Get Breast Cancer, Too!

While many people associate breast cancer with women, men can also develop this dangerous cancer. You read right, MEN can get breast cancer, too! While BreastCancer.org states that only 1% of cases occur in men, many people are unaware that men can also develop breast cancer. Breast cancer may be more common in women, but the rarity of this cancer in men does not mean spreading awareness is any less important.

CT Scans: The Life-Saving Scan For Smokers

Radiology is known for being important in saving the lives of many. Whether it's women’s imaging scans for breast cancers or radiation oncology, our radiologists specialize in helping our patients better treat their ailments. When it comes to lung cancer, this deadly disease can be cured through low-dose CT scans. We’re crazy about CT scans, and it’ll be apparent why after reading about how smokers can benefit from this imaging scan.

Football Season And The Dangers Of Head Injuries

Who doesn’t love football season? Whether it’s college football or the NFL, football season is the time to ignite rivalries and join a fantasy football team. Unfortunately, football injuries can ruin a team’s chances for a winning season and have lifelong effects on the athlete.

What You’ll Need To Know About Contrast Agents

After being recommended a diagnostic imaging scan, you may start to research more about these scans. From MRI's to CT scan, these procedures are often simpler and a lot less scary than they may initially seem. When doing your research about a particular scan, you may discover that a certain scan uses contrast agents.

Carpal Tunnel: The Musculoskeletal Disorder Of The Digital Age

Whether its texting or typing, the digital age has taken over our work lives and personal lives. While technology has various benefits, common digital devices such as phones and computers can cause musculoskeletal problems. Carpal tunnel is a common musculoskeletal disorder that has been effecting technology users for years, but its effects have increased over the past few years. So, here's everything you need to know about this digital age disorder:

Musculoskeletal Disorders: Where Our Radiologists & Bay Area's Professional Athletes Meet

Where do professional athletes in the Bay Area turn for expert diagnosis and care? BICRAD. Our radiologists specializing in musculoskeletal radiology focus on patients' bones, joints, and muscles by interpreting images from MRI, CT and ultrasound exams. Musculoskeletal radiologists also perform diagnostic and therapeutic joint injection procedures. We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to fully cover the musculoskeletal topic:

Coping With Scanxiety: How To Prevent Claustrophobia

 “Claustrophobia is an anxiety disorder in which the sufferer has an irrational feat of having no escape or being closed in.“ When a person experiences this they may also suffer a panic attack which results in accelerated heart rate, sweating, and nausea. Because so many patients suffer with intense scanxiety, we wanted to compile a list of helpful advice that has soothed our patients in the past. So, here are the top 9 tips our team suggests to calm your fears:

Radiology and Child Safety: Steps Professionals Take To Protect Your Child

Radiology is an invaluable tool in the diagnosis and treatment of many different injuries, diseases, and conditions; however, some people get nervous about radiology imaging tests because of the exposure to radiation. When a child suffers an injury and needs a CT scan or an MRI, parents may feel nervous. They rightfully do not want their children to suffer from radiation-related side effects, so let’s take a look at the safety measures that radiologists take to protect your children during imaging tests.

The Dynamic Duo: 3D Printing & Radiology

3D printing may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but it is being used in the real world to solve present day problems. Actually, 3D printing has been around since the 1980s and it has been used in the medical field since the early 2000s. In recent years, 3D printing aided surgeons in the separation of conjoined twins. Here's how 3D printing and radiology have combined forces to push innovations within the medical field:

Uterine Fibroids: The Disease All Women Need To Know About

In recent years, interventional radiology has been used to treat uterine fibroids in a minimally invasive and very safe way. They do this through Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) which is a safe and effective non-surgical option for women to consider when dealing with uterine fibroids. But, before we explain UFE. We need to ask, “what are uterine fibroids?”

Nuclear Medicine: Weighing Out The Pros & Cons

Nuclear medicine is a subject about which patients are often unaware or uninformed. If a physician mentions it, then it may just sound like scary medical jargon to a patient. Nuclear medicine often times frightens patients in fear of it being dangerous. However, it is a form of medicine that is becoming more and more common and the numerous benefits are being explored. So, what are the true pros & cons of nuclear medicine?

ACR: Why You Should Go To Imaging Centers With The Golden Seal of Approval

Having accredited over 38,000 within 10 different modalities, the ACR strives to continually raise the bar when it comes to patients. In fact, the ACR cares so much about patients that it has an entire commission focused on providing quality patient experiences within imaging. So, what is ACR accreditation? 

10-Minute History of Radiology: Overview of Monumental Inventions

Radiology has more or less been a field of medicine since the late 19th century, which means that it is a relatively new field. Despite its young age, however, there have been many major technological advancements that have completely transformed what radiology looks like and how it is practiced. 

5 Renowned Radiologists and Their Contributions To Our Industry

These diagnostic imaging tests are invaluable to the treatment of countless diseases and conditions. Physicians can use these highly detailed images of the body to pinpoint exactly what is wrong with a patient, or how a specific disease is affecting a patient's soft tissues. As a science, radiology is largely dependent on technological advancement. For that reason, there are a quite a few famous radiologists throughout history who have made important contributions to the field.

What Is A Radiologist And What Do They Do?

Often times, patients are a bit confused as to what a radiologist actually does. To put it in layman’s terms, Radiologists are doctors who diagnose and treat certain conditions using a wide variety of imaging techniques, like x-rays, CT scans, and MRI’s. They use these imaging techniques to diagnose everything from broken bones to serious heart conditions and act as important consultants to your primary physician. Learn more:

How To Prepare Your Child For An X-Ray

Typically, children feel unnerved when they're told they need to undergo a mysterious X-ray. So, what can you do as their parent? Here are some great tactics that are geared towards putting your child in the driver seat and not only educating them that x-rays don’t hurt. They also help children to understand that the worst of what to expect (you have to hold still when they tell you) and build their comfort level as an x-ray expert.