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 range for their age …

Nuclear Medicine – Enabling Early Discovery & Treatment of Multiple Health Issues

Among the many reasons Radiology Associates of Ocala (RAO) has been a name associated with experience and trust throughout Central Florida for 45 years is RAO’s dedication to breakthrough technologies designed to discover disease in its earliest stages. One of the proven tools we use for rapid discovery is known as nuclear medicine. Nuclear medicine describes a set of painless, noninvasive imaging tests that utilize small amounts of radioactive substances called radiotracers, which are used to diagnose and assess the severity and course of many types of cancers, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological problems, …

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 …

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 …

Seeing Past the Digital Image – How RAO Puts Patients First

When your doctor prescribes an imaging test to discover the presence, cause and/or location of disease or injury somewhere within your body, or you elect to have a voluntary screening scan such as a mammogram or an interventional service like varicose vein treatment, it can be challenging to know which radiology practice to choose. We recommend talking to your doctor about the practice he or she has relied on most successfully over the years. Chances are, it’s Radiology Associates of Ocala. Why RAO? There are myriad reasons, all falling under the …

Radiologic Technologists – Who They Are and What They Do

When you need a radiologic test or treatment, you may wonder about the training and credentials of the technologists performing these services. For something as important as a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure, you want to know the personnel caring for you are qualified, appropriately trained and mindful of your health, comfort and well-being. RAO’s team of radiologic technologists is exceptionally trained and experienced in an array of diagnostic imaging procedures and therapeutic radiation treatments. Each technologist possesses at least two to four years of fundamental education in anatomy, equipment use, patient …

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