Create An Early Detection Plan To Fight Breast Cancer

October 7th, 2013

The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Create your Early Detection Plan to receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history.

When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%

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June 12th, 2013

If you need an MRI but you are anxious or claustrophobic or maybe you are a bit larger than the average person, there’s a new OPEN HIGH FIELD MRI located right in Staten Island. It will alleviate much of your fear and concerns.  This used to be a problem. Not anymore! Now patients can still receive the high field quality of an MRI scan but not have to endure the claustrophobia. Not all open MRI’s offer the same technology. With the older open designs there was a trade off in image quality and speed. Most open machines do not offer a high magnetic field. The strength of the magnetic field determines the quality of the pictures. The new open bore Espree from Siemens offers a 1.5 Tesla magnetic field with the advantage of an open design. This makes it appropriate for people who suffer with claustrophobia, for children and the elderly who may need some hand holding and for the obese patient. The new design is faster and quieter than the older design making it more patient friendly with no trade off in image quality.

Regional Radiology with three convenient offices features the only High Field OPEN MRI on Staten Island.


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Annual Breast Cancer Walk on Staten Island this Sunday

October 17th, 2012

The American Cancer Society is sponsoring it’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Sunday October 21st starting at 9am at Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island. Consider giving a few hours of your time to help people and their families who are facing breast cancer. This event is held annually to help raise awareness on Staten Island about Breast Cancer and to raise money to fund breast cancer research.

Come visit our information desk this Sunday to learn more about screening mammography, breast MRI and our women’s imaging services. Early detection saves lives. Regional Radiology is committed to providing Staten Island women with cutting edge breast imaging and breast cancer care.
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Governor Cuomo Signs Law Benefitting Women With Dense Breast Tissue

October 4th, 2012

“Regional Radiology Provides Additional Mammography Notification After Breast Screening
For Specific Patients As Per New New York State Law”

As a public service for all women and especially Regional Radiology mammography
patients we are reporting the following:

On July 23, 2012, NY governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law requiring that mammography providers include the following notification in every patient’s mammography report
provided to women who are found to have dense breast tissue:

“Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is very
common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to
find cancer on a mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of
breast cancer. This information about the result of your mammogram is given to
you to raise your awareness. Use this information to talk to your doctor about
your own risks for breast cancer. At that time, ask your doctor if more
screening tests might be useful, based on your risk. A report of your results
was sent to your physician.”

Mammograms can fail to detect tumors present within dense breast tissue as the tissue can
obscure the tumors. These missed cancers can grow undetected and may become
less treatable. Dense breast tissue may be an independent risk factor for the
development of breast cancer in women. In addition to dense tissue, other
potential risk factors include: age, personal or family history of breast
cancer, obesity, hormone replacement therapy, personal or family history of
ovarian cancer and the BRCA gene.

The American College of Radiology now recommends breast MRI as the best additional
screening exam for women with elevated risk for the development of breast
cancer. If you possess one or more of the above risk factors, you may benefit
from a screening breast MRI, in addition to your annual screening mammogram.

This Blog was written by Dr. Kavita Patel at Regional Radiology. Dr. Patel is a specialist in Mammography and women’s health issues. She can be reached at 718-605-6500. Regional Radiology features screening breast MRI at any of its three facilities on Staten Island. Regional welcomes all women to our three centers. Your comments on this article are welcome.

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Welcome to Our Blog

July 10th, 2012

Within this regularly updated feature of the Regional Radiology website, we will provide visitors with practice news and specials, as well as information regarding the most recent technological advances and new treatments in radiology.

We believe that patient education and open communication with your doctor are the keys to achieving healthy, fully functional results and patient satisfaction, which is why we strive to provide the highest quality of radiologic care for patients of all ages.  This is done by combining technical skill and broad experience with cutting-edge technology for impeccable medical results.

We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to visit our new blog.  Please check back often to learn about the latest news, updates and additions to the practice and within the field of radiology, and feel free to post comments and/or suggestions on any posts that you find of interest.

Please understand that we will not be providing any medical advice or diagnosis on this Blog. We encourage all of our readers to work with your physician.

If you have a question for our staff, please send it along and we will try to get an answer.

Good Health,

Rich from Regional

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