Understanding Radiology’s Role in Cancer Control in NYC

POSTED ON MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013 AT 3:52 PM  by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

April is National Cancer Control Month. If cancer has impacted your life, you know the seriousness of this disease. Though cancer is a reality that no one is ever truly prepared to face, it is a battle that can be fought and that can be won with the proper care, support, and perseverance. As of January 2012, it is estimated that there are 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States. Approximately 15% of the estimated cancer survivors were diagnosed 20 or more years ago. This month we are reminded of the progress we have made thus far as a country in lowering the overall cancer death rate each year for over a decade.

At Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. we are proud of the advances in the medical field that have helped aid in early diagnosis and the monitoring of treatment options for cancer care. National Cancer Control Month reminds us to reflect on the progress we have made in cancer detection and care, and reinvigorates us as a nation to continue the research that will lead to new breakthroughs combating this disease. It also serves as an opportunity to educate ourselves on tools and lifestyle changes that may lower our risks of cancer.

Radiology plays a key role in cancer detection.

Detecting cancer early gives patients the best chance for successful treatment. By using the latest technologically advanced equipment, our expertly trained staff at Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. captures images that show different structures, vessels, and functions of the body. Those images are interpreted by a radiologist, a doctor that has added education specializing in radiology. The radiologist’s recommendations and key images are delivered to your physician via various modes of communication quickly and securely. From our report your doctor and you, the patient, determine the best plan of care for your unique situation.

Early detection saves lives. At Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. we offer our patients a variety of screening options, including:

Talk to your doctor this month about which screenings tools might be right for you. To schedule your screening appointment today, call 212-888-1000 or schedule your appointment online.

PET/CT scanning is superior to other conventional imaging modalities in the diagnosis and management of various types of cancers, clinical research data has proven.

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

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT) are both imaging tools that allow our radiologists to pinpoint the location of cancer within the body, and they give a detailed interpretation to your doctor. This detailed report aids your doctor in deciding on treatment recommendations for your care.

The highly sensitive PET scan detects the metabolic signal of actively growing cancer cells in the body and the CT scan provides a detailed picture of the internal anatomy that reveals the location, size and shape of abnormal cancerous growths.

Alone, each imaging test has particular benefits and limitations but when the results of PET and CT scans are "fused" together, the combined image provides complete information on cancer location and metabolism.

There are tremendous benefits of having a combined PET/CT scan:

 • Earlier diagnosis

 • Accurate staging and localization

 • Precise treatment and monitoring 

With the high-tech images that the PET/CT scanner provides, patients are given a better chance at a good outcome and avoid unnecessary procedures. PET/CT can also lead to a significant change in the management of a patient’s care and possibly save valuable healthcare resources and enhance patient outcomes.

The practicing owner of Park Avenue Radiologists, Dr. Marc Liebeskind is extremely knowledgeable and highly trained in the full spectrum of radiology exams, with added education and experience interpreting oncologic imaging, or cancer cases. Dr. Liebeskind’s sub-specialty is PET/CT for oncologic imaging, body and musculoskeletal MRI.

“It is important that patients feel confident in the capabilities of every physician contributing to their overall cancer care, including their radiologist” -Dr. Marc Liebeskind.

After graduating from Columbia University, Dr. Liebeskind received his MD from NYU School of Medicine, where he also previously received a JD from the NYU School of Law.  Following medical school, Dr. Liebeskind completed an internship in internal medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital and then completed radiology training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed a junior fellowship in MRI.  Dr. Liebeskind was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology at NYU from 2003-2009 and is now a managing partner at Park Avenue Radiologists.

Dr. Liebeskind is Board Certified by the American College of Radiology as well as a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine.  Dr. Liebeskind is on the Board of Trustees of the New York County Medical Society as well as a member of the Committee for Medical Ethics. Dr. Liebeskind has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and is also a member of the American Rotnegen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America.

Our team of radiologists including Dr. Marc Liebeskind, Dr. Amy Liebeskind, Dr. Zeva Herman, Dr. Neil Goldberg, Dr. Daniel Masri, Dr. Carolyn Boltin, and Dr. Paul Rolen are highly specialized physicians that are all Board Certified with additional certification in neuroradiology and nuclear medicine. They understand the importance of staying abreast of new developments in technology and medical research.

We know that navigating the daunting journey that is cancer care can be confusing, overwhelming, and stressful. The goal of our team of experienced employees is to provide our patients with unparalleled imaging services at Manhattan’s premier radiology practice. At Park Avenue, feel confident that the quality of care you receive is of the highest of standards. We strive to provide patients with the best medical care and reduce the stress associated with maneuvering through the complicated world of managed care.

Half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes, according to the American Cancer Society. It is important to stay educated on the different tools available to you. While there are numerous types of cancer, they do not all have standardized screening recommendations. Though there is no definite way to avoid cancer, there are ways that you can reduce your risk of developing cancer. You can decrease your general cancer risk by limiting alcohol consumption, limiting sun exposure, increasing your physical activity, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a stable weight.

For more information visit parkavenueradiologists.com or contact us at 212-888-1000 or info@parkavenueradiologists.com.





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