Early Detection – a Cause We Take Personally

No matter who you are, breast cancer can impact your life. Whether it affects you or a loved one, it can be a shocking diagnosis, even for those with inside knowledge of how common it is, and how important the need for early detection. Just ask Yvonne and Michele, two beloved members of RAO’s very own healthcare team, who both recently discovered they had breast cancer. “I was actually late getting a mammogram, because when you work in the medical field you tend to put things off because, you know, ‘it’s …

PET/CT – Uniting Two Important Tests to Deliver a World of Information

When both the physical and functional details of an organ or system are needed for an accurate diagnosis, it used to demand two separate tests, Positron Emission Tomography, or PET, a nuclear medicine that measures metabolic activity within the body, and Computed Tomography, or CT, which is an advanced x-ray system that provides multiple cross-sectional images to deliver a nearly 3-D outline of the body part or area being investigated. PET delivers extensive information about elements like oxygen use, blood flow and glucose metabolism, which provide important information about organ …

Good News for Long-term Smokers: A Quick Test Can Save Your Life

Locally owned and operated since 1973, Radiology Associates of Ocala (RAO) has earned its respected reputation and longevity serving Marion County for many reasons, one of them being RAO’s commitment to early discovery and diagnosis of treatable diseases like lung cancer. Lung cancer, which is the number one cause of cancer death among Americans, can be successfully treated when it is caught early, making it important for high-risk patients to consider lung cancer screening as part of their regular healthcare plan. Who is at Considered at High Risk of Getting Lung …

Why RAO is the Destination for Advanced MRI Services

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a diagnostic tool used to analyze soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, fat, the brain and internal organs, and the intricacies of the vascular system – all without surgery or ionizing radiation, making it one of the safest and most provider-recommended scans. Using a combination of radio waves and magnetic fields, MRI can capture remarkable detail, enabling your Board Certified radiologist and referring clinician to collaborate on a diagnosis. “ Like most technologies, MRI has seen advances in its capabilities, and that is why RAO has remained at the …