Posts Categorized: Imaging

Happy X-Ray-versary, Dr. Roentgen

On November 8, 1895, a German physicist named Wilhem Conrad Roentgen discovered the X-ray, so-called because it was an unknown form of electromagnetic radiation. Dr. Roentgen quickly discovered the medical application of the X-ray when he photographed the bones in his wife’s hand on December 22 of that year. He received the first Nobel Prize… Read more »

Low-Dose CT Scans Make High-Quality Images

Technological developments have been a driving force in healthcare progress, especially in recent decades. For instance, computed tomography (CT) scanners use computer-processed X-rays to produce image “slices” of specific areas of the body that show anatomy and disease processes in exquisite detail. This technology helps physicians make quick diagnoses of a range of acute and… Read more »

3D Mammograms Advance Screening, Detection

Digital mammograms are the gold standard for breast cancer screening. A new device enhances this technology by producing a three-dimensional (3D) image of the breast. Called digital breast tomosynthesis, this change could revolutionize breast cancer screening and diagnosis. Tomosynthesis obtains a series of 15 low-dose, high-resolution images in a sweeping arc around the breast. This… Read more »

Don’t Run from Your Mammogram

Some women put off their mammogram appointment to avoid breast compression. Still, the procedure’s benefits make it worth some temporary discomfort. For instance: Mammograms have helped breast cancer mortality rates drop by nearly a third in the US since 1990. Of all the years of life saved by mammography, 40 percent are for women in… Read more »