The Parathyroid 4D-CT Scan – For Quick, Accurate Discovery

The best detection is early detection, and the best diagnostic tool for the early discovery of parathyroid disease is the 4D-CT, a specialized four-dimensional imaging system that can discover abnormal parathyroid glands and tumors smaller than a grain of rice. Performed with or without contrast dye, 4D-CT delivers amazing clarity of the parathyroid glands as well as lesions, abnormal positioning and other irregularities, even in their earliest stages. “In as little as 5 minutes, this highly sensitive scan can spot parathyroid problems other imaging scans can miss,” says radiologist Dr. Fredric Wollett. “4D-CT can help patients avoid exploratory surgery in …

Computed Tomography of the Abdomen/Pelvis

Computed Tomography, also called a CT or “CAT scan,” is an accurate, noninvasive diagnostic test in which a series of exceptionally thin (5mm) images are taken of internal organs, soft tissues and blood vessels. CT’s ability to capture fine details makes it especially helpful when examining organs in the abdominal region, including the liver, kidneys, upper areas of the small and large intestines, pancreas, stomach, adrenal glands and spleen, and the pelvis, which houses the lower small and large intestines, bladder, sigmoid colon and prostate gland in men.  Doctors refer patients to have an abdominal or pelvic CT in …

Good News for Smokers: LDCT Catches Lung Cancer Early

Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death among Americans, and roughly 85% of cases are linked to long-term smoking. But we have important news: Low-Dose Computed Tomography, or LDCT, is an annual screening exam that can catch lung cancer while it is still tiny and localized, before it causes symptoms. “Caught early, most lung cancer is highly treatable,” says radiologist Dr. Kerry Raduns. “That’s why we encourage current and former heavy smokers to get screened early, when the potential benefit is very high.”  Who’s Considered a Heavy Smoker? People at the greatest risk of developing lung cancer have …

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 …

MRI – A Breakthrough in the Diagnosis of Prostate Disease

Prostate cancer affects one in six American men, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in males ages 50 and older. The primary signifier of the possible presence of prostate cancer is an elevated level of a protein produced by the prostate gland called prostate-specific antigen, or PSA. Elevated PSA levels are easily detected through a simple blood test, but, because PSA levels naturally rise with age, what’s considered normal can vary over time. Some men experience sudden increases in PSA protein that, while still within the normal …

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. …

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