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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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As many people around the world know, October is breast cancer awareness month. According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer, with 268,670 new cases expected in the United States this year. While it is very common, it also is very detectable and treatable. 

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So, you need an MRI. Where should you go?

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There are many reasons a doctor may send you to get an MRI, such as diagnosing a brain tumor, stroke, or spinal abnormality. Although your doctor may refer you to an imaging provider, it is important to ensure that provider will fit your specific needs and medical history before you schedule an appointment. You have the freedom to choose the best imaging provider for you and conduct your own research. Being screened at a provider that values comfort and accuracy can make the entire process far less stressful. Before you call to schedule an MRI, there are a few questions you should ask to ensure you receive the best possible care.

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Endometriosis Awareness Month

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The month of March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, an initiative to raise awareness of a disease that affects approximately 176 million women worldwide. Endometriosis is a chronic disease that occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus, the endometrium, grows outside of the uterus. The tissue can be found on the fallopian tubes, the ovaries or even the intestines. This displaced tissue acts as it normally would; it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. The problem is that it has no way to exit the woman’s body, and it can cause cysts, adhesions and scar tissue to develop.

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What to Expect at Your Mammogram Appointment

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recommends that by the age of 40, women should have their first mammogram. While a mammogram screening is a vital part to early breast cancer detection and successful treatment, it can often seem intimidating to women. Knowing what to expect at your first mammogram appointment can help you feel more comfortable and help the screening go more smoothly.

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January is Thyroid Awareness Month

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The month of January is dedicated to raising awareness about the thyroid. During this month, healthcare providers and advocates across the nation encourage patients to take care of their thyroid glands to ensure it functions properly. There are a variety of tests that we offer at Maryville Imaging that help physicians diagnose thyroid problems in their patients.

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The Risks of Diagnostic Imaging During Your Pregnancy

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If you are a woman, chances are you have heard the question, “Are you pregnant?” when at the dentist, doctor’s office or your local imaging center. While it has been a general rule to not receive a diagnostic imaging test while pregnant, this thinking has changed over time in some instances. In some cases, it is necessary for the woman’s health for her to receive an imaging test even while pregnant. When it is necessary, the benefits of having an imaging test done outweigh the potential, minimal risks to the baby. As a woman, it is important to understand the actual issues concerning x-ray exposure during pregnancy.

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