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, …

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 …

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 …

Only the Best in Women’s Imaging Services – Only at WIC

Women tend to be especially interested in the quality of their healthcare, and likely to perform intensive investigation about the providers they choose. We at Radiology Associates of Ocala’s Women’s Imaging Center strongly encourage this research. Once you delve deeply into local practices, you’ll find that RAO’s Women’s Imaging Center (WIC) is the only comprehensive, full-service center dedicated to women’s diagnostic services. Yes, the only one. What does this mean for you? It ensures that every women’s imaging service is contained in one state-of-the-art center for unparalleled convenience. More important, it …

Walking Together To Fight Cancer.

We all walk hand-in-hand in the fight against cancer. Cancer isn’t something that affects our patients alone – it hits us close to home, too. Two of our wonderful employees recently discovered they had breast cancer. Michele Barkley was diagnosed early thanks to her annual screening mammography™ exam, and underwent a mastectomy. Only a few months later, Yvonne Seymor-Palmer discovered a lump in her breast during her monthly self-exam. She has finished her chemotherapy and we are happy to report that both Michele and Yvonne are doing well. We were delighted …

2D vs. 3D Mammography – What’s the Difference?

Standard 2D mammography and, years later, 2D digital mammography, were technological breakthroughs in the effort to diagnose breast cancer early, when it is most easily treated. The latest advance in digital mammography screening is 3D mammography™ exams, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis. The differences between 2D and 3D mammography™ exams are notable, especially for the estimated 47% of women with dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue is closely-compacted, creating areas that can be nearly or completely invisible to radiation, making it difficult for 2D mammography to capture images of lesions, …

Wonder Women, Unite in the Fight to Beat Breast Cancer!

RAO is proud to have a dedicated team of superheroes in the battle against breast cancer, led by RAO’s Medical Director of the Women’s Imaging Center, Board Certified radiologist, Dr. Amanda Aulls. While RAO’s Early Detection Defenders may not have the flash and spectacle of the conventional superhero, they compose a powerful league of allies every bit as valiant in their dedication to saving lives. When caught before it has had a chance to spread, breast cancer has a 93% survival rate, making early detection the best defense against this sneaky, …

Women’s Health Imaging Empowered by a Woman’s Perspective

Radiology Associates of Ocala (RAO) has been a local leader in diagnostic and interventional radiology services for decades, and providing state-of-the-art technologies and procedures ahead of its competitors has been one of the hallmarks of the practice. But there is more to a specialized field like women’s imaging than just the latest and greatest advances in diagnostics – there is the added element of a woman’s perspective, which is important in supporting and empathizing with patients. That’s why RAO is proud to have Board Certified radiologist Dr. Amanda Aulls as its Medical Director …

Breast Density – What It Is and How It May Affect You

If you’re a woman who has had a screening mammogram and you live in a state that requires patients to be notified about their breast density (or have simply heard the term “breast density”), you likely have questions about what it is and what it means to your overall health. It is estimated that as many as 47% of women have dense breasts, which indicates breast tissue that is closely compacted, oftentimes making it radiopaque, a medical term meaning it is invisible to radiation. In short, the denser one’s breast tissue, …

3D Mammography™ Exams Catch Problems Standard Mammography Can Miss

A screening mammogram is designed to detect breast cancer early, when it is most easily and successfully treatable. But even digital mammography isn’t perfect. Roughly one out of ten mammograms returns results that are hard for doctors to interpret, requiring additional (and usually unnecessary and stressful) follow-up diagnostic tests. Additionally, the compression of breast tissues can cause them to overlap and obscure aberrant tissue growth, particularly in women with dense breasts, making it hard for doctors to diagnose certain cancers. Now there’s a breakthrough in mammography technology: 3D mammography™technology, or tomosynthesis, …