What To Know About Having a Biopsy

For most people, hearing the word “biopsy” is unsettling. Luckily, most biopsies turn out to be negative, meaning there are no signs of cancer. Infection, internal injury and other diseases can create similar symptoms, so when your doctor or clinician orders a biopsy, it is important to get checked out as quickly as possible. And if cancer is present, take heart – in nearly all cases, when cancer is caught early, before it is has a chance to spread, it is highly treatable. Today’s biopsies are vastly superior to those of previous generations, …

RAO’s Dynamic Duo of Women’s Imaging

What’s missing at most women’s imaging centers? Women doctors, who provide a personal and compassionate approach to women’s diagnostic care. That’s why RAO is proud to introduce Dr. Amanda Aulls, Diagnostic Radiologist, subspecialist in breast imaging and Medical Director of Women’s Imaging at RAO, and Dr. Janet TerLouw, Diagnostic Radiologist and subspecialist in breast imaging. In addition to their extensive medical and diagnostic training, Dr. Aulls and Dr. TerLouw possess a firsthand understanding of the experience and importance of women’s diagnostic tools like 3D mammography™, stereotactic biopsy, pelvic imaging and other lifesaving tests. “I’m gratified to be part of the region’s first and only comprehensive, …

RAO is pleased to welcome Edward Todd, PA-C to our staff

RAO is always looking for ways to expand and enhance our care to patients, and that includes introducing accomplished new members to our service team. Edward Todd, PA-C, is a Physician Assistant certified by the National Commission of Certification of PAs, meaning Edward receives at least 100 hours of continuing education every two years and routinely undergoes and passes national recertification testing to retain the esteemed “C” in PA-C. Edward earned his BA degree in Biology in 1992 and went on to garner his Master of Medical Science and Physician Assistant …

A Warm Welcome to Dr. Janet TerLouw

RAO is delighted to announce an ideal addition to our radiology team, Dr. Janet TerLouw, who will be working at our Women’s Imaging Center. Dr. TerLouw graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University, where she garnered a Bachelor of Arts degree in humanities and a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. She went on to the University of Florida, where she earned a Master of Science degree in nutritional science before attending the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. After earning her doctorate and completing her post-grad internship …

Joint Injection: Relief, Directly Where You Need It

Ah, joints – they serve us dutifully, performing millions of actions over the years, until one day, one or more of them begin to hurt. The majority of the time the pain isn’t caused by anything serious, just simple wear and tear on the ligaments, bursae or tendons surrounding the joint, and/or inflammation caused by arthritis and a loss of cartilage, leaving a “bone on bone” feeling. Common sites for joint pain are knees, shoulders and hips, but other joints are also susceptible to aching, grinding and stiffness. Pain medication …

Med Center Boosts Radiology Staff to Better Serve Citrus County

CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA (July 2018) – Patients of Seven Rivers Medical Center in Citrus County will benefit from enhanced diagnostic and interventional radiology services, thanks to a new partnership with Radiology Associates of Ocala (RAO), which will be providing Board Certified subspecialty-trained radiologists to enhance the med center’s staff. RAO’S Dr. Caleb Rivera, who specializes in diagnostic radiology and vascular and interventional radiology, has been appointed Chief of Radiology at Seven Rivers. “I think the most significant advantage for patients in the Seven Rivers area is now having subspecialty-trained radiologists providing their care,” says Dr. …

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 …

Radiology Associates of Ocala Adds New Radiologist to its Team

OCALA, FLORIDA (September, 2017) – Radiology Associates of Ocala (RAO) has announced that it will be adding another doctor to its team of Board Certified radiologists. Diagnostic and vascular & interventional radiologist, Jaime L. Abesada, MD, will become RAO’s newest member, boosting the practice’s number of radiologists to 19.Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Abesada, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 2001. As a fourth year medical student, he completed a rotation at the VA hospital in San Juan, gaining experience in interventional radiology. During his …

Parathyroid 4D-CT – An Advanced Tool For Early Detection

The parathyroid glands located in the neck are tiny, about the size of a grain of rice, and yet they have a big responsibility. They produce a hormone designed to regulate the balance of calcium necessary to support a host of functions, including blood pressure and clotting, strong bones and teeth, healthy brain function, muscle contraction, insulin utility and much more. Because proper calcium levels contribute so heavily to overall health and bodily function, problems with the parathyroid gland can lead to a variety of problems. Hyperparathyroidism, whether primary, secondary or …