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POSTED ON THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013 AT 10:48 AM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind
When you were young, a simple stomach ache was the perfect reason to skip school and lie in bed under the warm blankets. As you grow older, however, abdominal pain may cause more worry than a day’s worth of missed homework. In fact, innocent abdominal pain is one of the main causes of serious conditions that if left untreated, can damage some of the most vital organs of the urinary tract.
When you experience pain in your abdominal region, your doctor may recommend a CT Urography in NYC. Using advanced CT Scanning technology, CT Urography is used to help evaluate patients who may experience kidney or bladder stones, reoccurring urinary tract infection, unusual blood in the urine, and certain cancers of the urinary tract. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of each of these diseases below and when it may be time for you to discuss CT Urography in NYC with your doctor.
Hematuria: Also known as blood in the urine, hematuria can originate from kidney stones, blood clots, infection, and cancer. Women are more at risk of hematuria due to increased urinary tract infections. Men are not in the clear either however, as certain medications that irritate the urinary tract can lead to enlarged prostate, increasing the risk of hematuria.
Kidney or Bladder Stones: Kidney stones have become known as one of the most painful and of the urologic disorders. A kidney stone is a hard mass that develops from crystals that separate from the urine within the urinary tract. Similar to kidney stones, bladder stones are small masses of minerals that form in the bladder. Concentrated urine, which may be a result of an enlarged prostate or recurring urinary tract infection, causes minerals in the urine to crystalize. Both kidney and bladder stones often occur with no signs or symptoms.
Cancers of the Urinary Tract: Common cancers of the urinary tract include bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and urethral cancer. Usually offset by the growth of tumors, proper diagnostic imaging will help doctors determine if these growths are benign or malignant. Common symptoms include pain during urination, swelling in the lower legs, weight loss, and urinating in small amounts frequently.
Reoccurring Tract Infections: More commonly occurring in women, Urinary Tract Infections, also known as UTIs, occur from bacteria in the urinary tract. If left untreated, UTI can cause infection of the kidneys. Common symptoms include feeling as if you have to urinate frequently, pain or burning when peeing, fever, and dark or cloudy urine.
Using intravenous contrast material to obtain images of the urinary tract, the CT Urography will reveal any blockages, growth, or unusual signs within the urinary tract to help diagnosis these conditions. During the procedure, you will be given water and a contrast material to drink. After about 45 minutes, our highly trained technicians will use advanced CT imaging to scan your body.
Our technicians at Park Avenue Radiologists know that finding any abnormalities within the urinary tract requires advanced imaging along with comfort and security for patients. Don’t skip out on your imaging needs during times of worry. Keep a keen eye on any unusual abdominal symptoms, and alleviate your concerns with CT Urography in NYC. Our staff and technicians are happy to answer questions you may have regarding your imaging needs. Contact our office at, 212.888.1000 or request an appointment online.
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POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013 AT 4:51 PM
Park Avenue Radiologists is pleased to be one of the few centers in NYC to offer MR Enteography! Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, also known as MRI, the MR Enterography uses radio frequency pulses to produce detailed imaging of the organs, soft tissues, and bone. One of the most common reasons doctors prescribe an MR Enterography to patients is to help diagnose and treat Crohn’s Disease.
Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease and is one of the most common causes of abdominal pain. While the exact cause of this disease is unknown, it causes the body’s immune system to mistakenly attack and destroy healthy body tissue, causing increased inflation of the gastrointestinal tract. While the disease may occur at any age, it commonly develops in people between the ages of 15-35.
Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease include:
Loss of appetite
Using the minimally invasive MR Enterography, doctors are able to pinpoint areas of inflammation or any other abnormalities in the small bowel. MR Enterography is more reliable than the traditional X-ray and does not involve ionizing radiation. In the past, patients relied on video capsule endoscopy for real-time imaging. At Park Avenue Radiologists, our advanced medical imaging allows us to provide patients with the MR Enterography as an easier and more comfortable imaging option.
In addition to Crohn’s disease, MR Enterography may also be recommended to:
Find internal bleeding
Find areas of irritation and swelling
Determine abscesses or tears of the intestinal walls
Help track how certain treatments are working
Stop living with abdominal pain, and talk to your doctor today about the possibility of Crohn’s Disease. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we’ll be here for you should you require an MR Enterography, or for any of you other imaging needs. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 212.888.1000, or you may request an appointment online.
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POSTED ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 AT 12:30 PM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind
February is National Cancer Awareness Month! At Park Avenue Radiologists, we’re constantly raising awareness about the importance of medical imaging for early detection of any abnormal signs that may signal cancer. Medical imaging is crucial when it comes to detecting cancer. Additionally, imaging in cancer care can enable less-invasive cancer diagnosis & treatment and foster effective management of cancer. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we offer state-of-the-art radiology to the New York area, including CT Scans, MRI, Ultrasounds, Breast Imaging, & PET Scans. While each of these individual technologies aid in the detection of cancer, depending on the type of cancer you are being scanned for, will help determine which radiography will best suit your individual situation.
CT Scans: Computed Tomography Scans are among the most common imaging technologies used in diagnosing cancer. CT scanning is often the preferred imaging in detecting cancer of the liver, pancreas, lungs, bones, stomach, intestines, and brain. Our facility specializes in Low Dose CT Scans in Manhattan so you can feel assured that your imaging is accurate and safe. Learn more: CT Scan NYC
MRI: When CT imaging isn’t enough, many doctors will turn to Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Using radio frequency waves, technicians can diagnose any unusual growths based on the intensity of the signal. MRI is the standard for imaging brain tumors and is often the best method of detecting cancer in the head, neck, bones, and muscles. Additionally, MRI is often better than CT Scans when it comes to diagnosing soft tissues and in detecting early cancers, such as cervix or bladder cancer. Learn more: MRI New York City
Ultrasound: Also known as Sonography, the ultrasound specializes in distinguishing between solid tumors and fluid-filled cysts. In addition, ultrasounds can determine how far tumors of the uterus, esophagus, or rectum have spread. Learn more: Ultrasound NYC
Breast Imaging: Breast Imaging in NYC is becoming the new standard of care when it comes to detecting breast cancer. Unlike Mammograms, Breast MRI and Breast MRI Biopsy uses a higher rate of sensitivity to detect abnormal growths a mammogram may miss. Additionally, a Breast MRI is the best test to evaluate breast implant integrity. Learn more: Breast Imaging NYC
PET Scan: The Positron Emission Tomography is one of the most accurate imaging options when it comes to detecting the spread or tumors, or a tumors response to therapy. PET Scans use an injection of glucose to help locate tumors. Cancer cells use glucose more avidly than normal cells. Consequently, these cells will show any metabolic changes in tumors or tissues when injected with the glucose. Learn more: PET Imaging Manhattan
You’ve heard that early detection saves lives. Don’t wait to schedule your medical imaging. At Park Avenue Radiologists we offer the most advanced and up-to-date imaging to assist in every stage and type of cancer. Our doctors, technicians, and staff at Park Avenue Radiologists welcome any questions you may have about your screening for cancer. Call our New York City office at 212.888.1000, or request your appointment online today!
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POSTED ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 AT 10:12 AM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind
It’s Heart Disease Awareness Month! At Park Avenue Radiologists, we’re reminding patients to schedule their annual CT Scans for swift diagnosis of any unusual signs of the coronary arteries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 385,000 people annually.
Caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries leading to the heart, coronary heart disease is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. As a result, blood flow to the heart can slow or stop. Symptoms may include fatigue or shortness of breath, general weakness, or as if someone is squeezing your heart. Some patients however, may not have symptoms, making it difficult to determine whether you suffer from the early signs of heart disease.
Those at an increased risk of developing heart disease include patients who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or who are smokers. When you have symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease, your doctor may recommend a CT Coronary Angiography. Traditional imaging methods, such as the EKG, can miss soft plaque inside the arteries.
At Park Avenue Radiologists, we provide the sophisticated CT Coronary Angiography for advanced imaging of the heart vessels. In fact, our office is one of the first outpatient facilities in Manhattan to install the latest generation of multi slice CT Scanners for non-invasive imaging of the coronary arteries.
The multi-detector CT scanner helps us detect small lesions through isotropic imaging. Isotropic imaging allows for the same intensity of radiation, regardless of the direction of measurement. In addition, due to the high number of detectors, image resolution is nearly identical in all three dimensions.
CT Coronary Angiography is performed in less than 10 minutes at our state-of-the-art facility. During your imaging, one of our specially trained technicians will place an ECG leads on your chest to assess for calcification in the coronary arteries. You will then be given an intravenous injection to help temporarily reduce your heart rate, making the images even clearer and easier to interpret.
Help spread awareness with us, and schedule your appointment for your CT Scan today! Our doctors, technicians, and staff at Park Avenue Radiologists welcome any questions you may have about CT Scans in NYC for heart disease. Call our New York City office at 212.888.1000, or request your appointment online today!
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POSTED ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 01, 2013 AT 9:27 AM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind
Life can bring about unexpected moments and changes. Stress within the workplace or at home, weight issues, and fatigue can all take an emotional toll on the body. In some cases, these symptoms may seem harmless, but often times may indicate a signal of distress for your thyroid. Symptoms of thyroid concerns vary and can include unusual weight gain or weight loss, increased fatigue, even difficulty handling temperatures. Aside from these conditions, patients may experience what are known as thyroid nodules. Thyroid nodules rest on the thyroid gland, and although usually harmless, can become cancerous.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, resting just above the collarbone. Controlling our metabolic system, the thyroid gland is responsible for secreting hormones into the blood stream to control the rate organs and cells turn nutrients into energy. The thyroid is also responsible for controlling growth, body temperature, muscle strength, and appetite. With so much command over several body functions, it is important to have any abnormal conditions examined, including thyroid nodules.
Thyroid nodules generally do not cause any symptoms. However, if a nodule grows large enough, it can cause compression on the windpipe or esophagus, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and less commonly, hoarseness in the vocal cords. In comparison, nodules that are smaller often go undetected and are not noticed until patients have a CT Scan or MRI for another occurring condition in the neck area. Additionally, thyroid nodules may produce an excess amount of hormones, causing what is known as hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism causes weight loss, speedy heart rate, and sensitivity to heat.
Although these nodules are usually harmless, it is important to take precaution. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we specialize in the Ultrasound Guided Thyroid Biopsy in Manhattan. Our ultrasound technology will assist in indicating the size, features, and if there is more than one nodule. Using high-frequency sound waves, the Ultrasound provides an accurate image to help determine if the nodule is solid or fluid filled. It will also determine the size and exact location of the nodule to help guide the needle during biopsy. Using a fine needle, the Ultrasound Guided Biopsy reaches deep into the thyroid, collecting a sample of tissue. This tissue is then examined for any abnormities.
In addition to Ultrasound Guided Biopsy for the Thyroid, we can use this technology to examine the liver, breast, abdomen, prostate, and thyroid. It can also diagnose multiple palpable masses, including fibroids, kidney stones, and uterine bleeding. Learn more about Ultrasound Guided Biopsy in Manhattan
If you suspect you may have a thyroid disorder, come in to Park Avenue Radiologists for your Ultrasound Guided Thyroid Biopsy. If you have any questions about the Ultrasound Guided Biopsy, contact our office at 212.888.1000, or request an appointment online today!
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