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Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month: The Importance of Early Detection and Treatment

POSTED ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 AT 11:54 AM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

As back to school and fall weather commence, so does Women’s’ Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month. Gynecologic cancers are the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells originating in the female reproductive organs, including the cervix, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. While such cancers may be caused by a variety of factors such as genetic predisposition, environmental influences and suppressed immune systems, patients fighting all types of gynecologic cancer stand the best chance of recovery if they are diagnosed and treated early.

Here at Park Avenue Radiologists, we acknowledge the importance of early detection and intervention in promoting the reproductive health of our female patients.  As a result, we offer a wide array of radiologic services that aid in the early detection and treatment of potential gynecologic cancers such as Pelvic MRI, Pelvic Ultrasound and PET/CT . These diagnostic tools allow for timely and effective diagnosis, which in turn, offers our patients more effective treatment options.

Raising awareness of the importance of annual women’s wellness visits and available screening options (should they be recommended by your physician) is integral to preventing and effectively treating gynecologic cancers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that of the approximately 83,000 women that are diagnosed with gynecologic cancers in the United States each year, About 30,000 women will die. Many of these deaths are caused by the late diagnosis and treatment of previously curable cancers[1].

As testing for most gynecologic cancers first requires patients to acknowledge that they are having abnormal symptoms, it is extremely important for all women to take a proactive approach to their gynecologic health. Annual visits to the gynecologist, pap smears and follow up screening all play an important role in maintaining health and addressing potential cancers as early as possible.  Additionally, it is important to watch out for abnormal signs or symptoms of gynecologic cancers, so that you may visit your doctor as soon as possible.  While each form of gynecologic cancer has specific symptoms, a broad spectrum of symptoms may apply. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, consult with your physician.

At Park Avenue Radiologists, we strive to provide our patients with unparalleled imaging services. Should your physician recommend a gynecologic screening exam, contact our courteous personnel at 212-888-1000, scheduling@parkavenueradiologists.com, or schedule your exam online. We welcome you to contact our knowledgeable personnel with any questions or concerns regarding your imaging needs at info@parkavenueradiologists.com. Stay Connected. Join our discussions with patients on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.



[1] http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/gynecologic/index.htm

 

Welcome, Dr. Daphne Roitberg, Our New Breast Radiologist!

POSTED ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 AT 11:39 AM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

The Doctors and Staff at Park Avenue Radiologists P.C. are pleased to announce the addition of Dr Daphne Roitberg to our team of Board Certified Radiologists! Dr Roitberg, a dedicated breast radiologist, contributes a strong educational background and comprehensive clinical expertise to our well rounded team of imaging specialists.

Dr Roitberg graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton and received her MD from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse.

 Following medical school, Dr. Roitberg completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Pennsylvania Hospital as well as a Fellowship in Woman’s imaging at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Prior to her tenure at Park Avenue Radiologists, Dr Roitberg served as the Director of Breast Imaging and as an Assistant Professor at Kings County Hospital Center. Additionally, Dr. Roitberg formerly held the position of Chief of Breast imaging at Elmhurst Hospital Center and served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr Roitberg is Board Certified by the American College of Radiology and is also a member the National Board of Medical Examiners. She has completed numerous research projects and has been published in a variety of Peer Reviewed journals.

Here at Park Avenue Radiologists, we strive to offer our patients unparalleled imaging services and care that is both compassionate and comprehensive is of the utmost important to our team. As such, our private radiology facility is accredited by American College of Radiology and is fully licensed by the State of New York in Open MRIPET-CT Scan, Cat ScanBone Density Scan, Biopsy and Breast Imaging.

We look forward to working with Dr Roitberg and welcome our patients to come and consult with our newest expert. Our highly trained team is available to address any questions, concerns or inquiries you may have regarding your radiology needs. To speak with our staff today, give us a call at 212-888-1000, email us at info@parkavenueradiologists.com or request your appointment online.

Radiology 101: Common Imaging Modalities Explained

POSTED ON MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014 AT 1:30 PM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

Radiology has revolutionized the medical field, allowing doctors to get a glimpse inside the body in order to view detailed images of the structure and function of organs, vessels, bones, and tissues. This visualization that medical imaging provides often allows for doctors to better understand the underlying cause of the ailment that warranted your initial visit to the doctor. For example, radiology aids in surgery; not only to assist your doctor in determining if surgery is or is not necessary, but also to assist with surgical planning by giving valuable information such as the location of a mass, break or tear, details for determining implant specifications, or identifying cysts, to name just a few. Medical imaging usage can increase treatment options or lead to less invasive procedures. Early, accurate diagnosis can lead to better outcomes.

A radiologist is a highly educated medical doctor that specializes in the field of medical imaging. A radiologist completes more years of training than family practitioners, general surgeons, or OB/GYNs, for example. When your doctor orders a specific radiologic examination, he or she may consult with the radiologist prior to determining which modality and scan is best suited for the indicated diagnosis.  Your doctor's ability to speak directly with our radiologists is critical to the paramount level of care we offer patients at Park Avenue Radiologists. The work that we meticulously complete 'behind the scenes' which most patients are unaware of is what sets our private radiology practice apart from others in New York City.

We continually strive to be Manhattan's Premier Radiology Practice by following our practice goal to provide our patients with unparalleled imaging services. We understand that many patients come to us with genuine fears, apprehensions, and questions. Our staff is trained to be receptive, empathetic, and understanding to all concerns.

To contact our knowledgeable personnel call 212-888-1000 or email scheduling@parkavenueradiologists.com .

We invite all of our valued patients to join our health discussions on Twitter, Facebook, or to sign up for our email newsletter because we understand the power of information. Information is what fuels the field of radiology. Continually improving technology and techniques allow our radiologists to better understand and diagnose a variety of conditions. Medical imaging has the ability to provide information that may improve or save countless lives.

Learn more about some of the most utilized radiology modalities:

Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Open MRI)

At Park Avenue Radiologists, we offer patients an Open 1.5 Tesla MRI that combines the highest level of patient comfort with outstanding scanning power. This MRI technology allows our experts to offer patients an MRI experience that maximizes comfort, precision, and speed.

MRI in NYC produces extremely detailed images of body tissue, organs and bones without the need for radiation. Electromagnetic energy is released when exposing a patient to radio waves in a strong magnetic field which is then measured and analyzed by a computer producing two and three dimensional images.

MRI has become a very valuable diagnostic tool detecting everything from cancer, heart and vascular disease, strokes, and disorders of the joints and musculoskeletal system. Of equal significance is the ability for physicians to avoid unnecessary surgery and more invasive diagnostic procedures.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Park Avenue Radiologists, PC provides high quality, low dose CT scans with advanced applications for angiography and cardiac studies, virtual colonoscopy and other 3D applications. CT scans in New York City are used to study and diagnose conditions in virtually every part of the body.

Positron Emission Technology/ Computerized Tomography (PET/CT)

Park Avenue Radiologists, PC has installed the latest generation multi-detector PET/CT system with the highest resolution of PET configuration to allow for imaging virtually all organ systems, including cardiac PET/CT.

In one continuous full-body scan, PET captures images of minuscule changes in the body's metabolism caused by the growth of abnormal cells, while CT images simultaneously allow physicians to pinpoint the exact location, size and shape of the diseased tissue or tumor. Essentially, small lesions or tumors are detected with PET and then precisely located with CT.

Nuclear Imaging

Nuclear Imaging is a specialized area of radiology which images organs and body functions through the emission of radioactive materials given to the patient. Using nuclear medicine radiologists can evaluate kidney, cardiac and thyroid function and diagnose diseases (such as cancer), bone fracture, infection, arthritis and other tumors.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound scanning, or sonography, is a radiologic modality that obtains images of internal body organs through the use of high frequency sound waves which are recorded and displayed as real time images on a monitor. Ultrasound is used to diagnose multiple body parts to identify palpable masses, fibroids, kidney stones, causes of uterine bleeding and other conditions. Carotid ultrasound may show plaques that narrow the carotid artery and limit the flow of blood to the brain.

Mammography

Mammography plays a critical role in the early detection of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Radiology recommend annual screening mammography for women beginning at age 40.

Bone Densitometry (DEXA Scan)

DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is an x-ray procedure which is used to measure bone mineral density. Learn if a DEXA Scan in New York might be recommended for you at ParkAvenueRadiologists.com.

X-Ray

X-rays use radiation to see through tissues, allowing your doctor to evaluate the bones, lungs and other tissues.

For more information on radiology tools, visit ParkAvenueRadiologists.com or RadiologyInfo.org.

 

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NYC Summer Safety: Your Health in the Heat

POSTED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014 AT 1:34 PM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

June is National Safety Month. The doctors and staff of Park Avenue Radiologists understand the importance of radiology safety year-round. For each of our patients we take every precaution against overexposure to radiation. The most recent developments in radiology are used to avoid too much radiation exposure while still producing an accurate reading. Our top of the line CT scanner, for example, offers CARE Dose4D technology which allows our technologists to acquire high resolution images while simultaneously reducing radiation dose by nearly 70%, according to Siemens. Our American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation means that our facility has been recognized for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation. All of our physicians are board certified by the American Board of Radiology and are experts in their respective subspecialty fields.

To speak with a representative to schedule your radiologic examination, please contact 212-888-1000, email scheduling@parkavenueradiologists.com, or conveniently schedule online.

Safety in radiology is something that you don’t have to worry about when visiting our Upper East Side private radiology facility, but beating the heat is a safety and health concern that we should all be conscious of this time of year.

 

 

Summer has officially begun and in these rising temperatures being able to recognize that you or someone around you might be suffering from a heat related illness could be life saving information. New York City’s asphalt, concrete, and metal flanked infrastructure retains the heat. This means it can sometimes be as much as ten degrees hotter within the city than in surrounding areas. According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, older adults, people with chronic medical conditions or mental health conditions, the socially isolated, and certain other groups are at greatest risk for heat illness. Understand ways to protect yourself and those you care about by knowing the signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke:

Signs of Dehydration (According to National Institutes of Health):

In Adults:

  • Being thirsty
  • Urinating less often than usual
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Dry skin
  • Feeling tired
  • Dizziness and fainting

Signs of dehydration in babies and young children include a dry mouth and tongue, crying without tears, no wet diapers for 3 hours or more, a high fever and being unusually sleepy or drowsy.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion (According to the NYC Office of Emergency Management):

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Weak pulse
  • Fainting
  • Vomiting
  • Cold, pale, clammy skin.
  • Body temperature may seem normal.

Signs of Heat Stroke (According to NYC Office of Emergency Management):

  • Hot, dry skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • High body temperature
  • Lack of sweating and
  • Possible unconsciousness.
  • Body temperature can be so high that brain damage or death may result in fewer than 10 minutes if the victim does not receive immediate medical attention.

For more information, including beat the heat tips, prevention, responding to heat illness, water and energy conservation, and planning ahead, read the complete 2014 brochure published online at nyc.gov.

At Park Avenue Radiologists, the goal of our team of experienced employees is to provide our patients with unparalleled imaging services at Manhattan’s Premier Radiology Practice. Connect with us. Join more of our health discussions on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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Men’s Health at Park Avenue Radiologists: Lung Screening, Heart Screening, Colon Cancer Screening, Prostate MRI, and the Assessment of Alzheimer’s Disease

POSTED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014 AT 12:00 PM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

June is Men’s Health Month and this week, June 9-15th, kicks off the 20th anniversary of Men’s Health Week. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we understand the importance of preventive screenings and early diagnosis in aiding in the overall health of an individual. According to the bill that established Men’s Health Month and was signed into effect in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, “men who are educated about the value that preventive health can play in prolonging their lifespan and their role as a productive family member will be more likely to participate in health screenings.” This month, we take a moment to shed light on what some might consider surprising statistics surrounding men’s health and educate on the benefits of early diagnosis:  

  • Women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. (CDC 2001
  • In 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Now, men, on average, die almost five years earlier than women. (CDC)
  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. 1 in 5 African American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Stage at diagnosis is the best indicator of survival of prostate cancer. (menshealthnetwork.org/healthfacts)
  • 115 males are conceived for every 100 females. By the age of 100, women out number men eight to one. (NYT Magazine 3-16-03) 

Encourage the men in your life to take an active role in improving their health. Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. offers patients an array of screening procedures to help diagnose serious conditions at an early stage. CT Lung Screenings, Virtual Colonoscopy, CT Calcium Score, Coronary CTA, MR Prostate, and Amyvid PET Scans are performed at our private radiology facility located on New York City’s Upper East Side. These important screening procedures are often quick and painless, yet can save lives and assist your physicians in medical planning for longevity.

CT Lung Screenings are utilized to diagnose lung cancer before symptoms are present. If you are a current or former smoker, in the age group from 55 to 74 years, and have a smoking history of at least 30 pack years (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.) speak to your doctor to determine if a CT Lung Screening using our state of the art, ACR accredited, low dose CT scanner is an appropriate examination for you.

Virtual Colonoscopy has an established role in screening for colon cancer, recommended for all patients over age 50. Patients no longer need to undergo the discomfort of a barium enema or undergo invasive procedures for mere screening. The examination is performed in less than 5 minutes without need for injection or other invasive procedure. Our scanner maximizes the sensitivity for small lesions due to its volumetric image acquisition with near isotropic imaging; due to the high number of detectors image resolution is nearly identical in all 3 dimensions. Studies are evaluated on a dedicated workstation with 3d ‘fly through’ imaging software, providing a virtual image of the colon similar to what gastroenterologists see at colonoscopy.

CT Calcium Scoring and Coronary CTA are screenings for heart disease, most commonly coronary artery disease (CAD), the number one cause of death in the United States for both men and women. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we offer CT Calcium Scoring to patients at a cost of $99. A positive calcium score may mean that CAD is present, even if you are not experiencing symptoms. As recently mentioned on Doctor Oz, many Americans that are taking statins may not need to be. A CT Calcium Score may help guide your doctor in determining if statin therapy is right for you by determining if there is plaque visualized on the arteries. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, those who are at moderate risk for heart attacks may be recommended to have a Coronary Calcium Scoring.

Coronary CTA is becoming part of standard screening evaluations in high risk patients. The examination is performed in less than 10 minutes and does not require sedation. After placing ECG leads on the chest an initial scan is performed to assess for calcification in the coronary arteries. Then a standard intravenous injection is performed. The scan itself requires approximately 10 seconds for image acquisition.

Prostate MRI is becoming increasingly important in the evaluation/staging of prostate cancer. Park Avenue Radiologists is at the forefront of noninvasive prostatic imaging. Detecting prostate cancer at an early stage could help save your life. Our experience is enhanced by the addition of dynamic contrast enhanced imaging utilizing computer aided diagnostic software for assessment of vascular lesions. MRI of the male pelvis takes approximately 30 minutes and can be performed on our state-of-the-art Open MRI. To learn more about the advantages of an Open MRI, please visit us online at www.parkavenueradiologists.com.

Imaging for Alzheimer’s Disease plaque (Amyvid PET Scan) is performed by scanning the brain using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) technology aided with Amyvid, a contrast agent that facilitates determining if beta-amyloid plaque is present on the brain. This examination is for individuals being assessed for Alzheimer’s Disease or other causes of cognitive decline, thinking, or memory problems. A negative scan reduces the likelihood that Alzheimer’s Disease is present at the time of the scan and a positive scan increases the likelihood that Alzheimer’s Disease may be causing some of the patient’s impairment, though results cannot solely be used to diagnose the disease. The scan itself is completed in just ten minutes, while the injection of the contrast agent requires a 30 to 50 minute wait prior to beginning the scan. Following the examination, your doctor will discuss the results of the examination with you and determine the appropriate plan of care based on your test results in conjunction with the results of other tests you may have undergone.

For more information or to schedule your screening examination this year during Men’s Health Month, contact our team of experienced professionals at:
212-888-1000
Promptly schedule your procedure online or by emailing scheduling@parkavenueradiologists.com at any time. 

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