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Annual Mammography Starting at Age 40 Saves the Most Lives

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness, during the month of October, Weill Cornell Imaging at New York-Presbyterian highlights the importance of screening mammography. The Dr. Elizabeth Arleo, Weill Cornell Medicine Physicianquestion of when to begin screening continues to be an ongoing debate in the medical community. In a recent study, led by one of our physicians, Dr. Elizabeth Arleo, an associate professor of radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine and a radiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center along with her team investigated when to start and how often women should undergo screening mammography. The study aimed to compare the most widely discussed recommendations for screening mammography issued by major national health care organizations. Their findings, published in Cancer on August 21, 2017, may help settle this ongoing discussion. Cancer is a biweekly peer-reviewed scientific journal created by the American Cancer Society.

The study used CISNET (Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network) computer models to compare the three most widely discussed screening mammography recommendations from the American College of Radiology/Society of Breast Imaging, the American Cancer Society and the United States Preventative Services Task Force. Those recommendations include annual screenings starting at age 40, annual screenings from ages 45-54 followed by biennial screenings from ages 55-79, and biennial screenings from ages 50-74. CISNET is funded by the National Cancer Institute.

The principal finding of the study was that the greatest reduction in breast cancer specific mortality is achieved with annual screening starting at age 40 (ACR/SBI recommendation). “A lot of press focuses on the risks of screening, which are not unique to mammography, but not the benefits,” said Dr. Arleo. This is an important study showing scientifically that annual screening starting at age 40 saves the most lives.

WCItalks

September: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Weill Cornell Imaging at NewYork-Presbyterian recognizes the importance of screening for prostate cancer and the many benefits of prostate imaging. According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men other than skin cancer. The United States Prevention Service Task Force recommends that men between the ages of 50 and 75 as well as men with a strong family history of prostate cancer should consider getting screened. Men whose screening results that indicate elevated PSA levels of 3 or higher, or show PSA levels that have doubled, may need to consult with their physician on additional tests, such as biopsy and prostate MRI.

Weill Cornell Medicine Physician Dr. Daniel MargolisDetermining the level of prostate cancer is important for choosing the right management and ensuring a long and healthy life. Both the American Urological Association and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommend prostate MRI in the face of elevated PSA and a negative biopsy. Prostate MRI can help your physician at nearly every step of prostate cancer management. From the detection of hidden cancers, to ensuring accurate biopsies, to surgical planning and detection of aggressive or recurrent disease.

Weill Cornell Imaging at NewYork-Presbyterian has released a new video featuring one of our many radiologists who specialize in prostate imaging, Dr. Daniel Margolis, discussing the benefits of prostate MRI. This video is part of a new series of videos called WCItalks that feature our own radiologists talking about interesting and relevant topics on radiology. To access the video, please click here or follow the link below to our Video Library page. 

WCItalks

MRI: Improving the Patient Experience

Weill Cornell Medicine MRI Technologist and Patient

As part of our efforts to provide the best experience for all of our patients, Weill Cornell Imaging at NewYork-Presbyterian has released a new video overview of the MRI experience including information on the novel programs and techniques we use to provide a calm, safe, and inviting environment for our patients. We put great effort into understanding the needs of all of our patients, including those that may feel anxious about their upcoming MRI exam. Every member of our highly skilled and experienced team is committed to making the imaging experience as easy and stress-free as possible.

Experience has taught us that not knowing is often the hardest part of any examination. Individuals who are properly prepared and know what to expect tend to be less anxious and more likely to successfully complete their exam. Weill Cornell Imaging at NewYork-Presbyterian’s new video was created to provide information about the MRI experience as well as inform our patients on specific resources that are available for those who may need extra assistance. 

To access the video, please click here or follow the link below to our Video Library page. If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming exam, please be sure to inform us at the time of scheduling. 

Video Library

New PET/MRI

Weill Cornell Imaging at NewYork-Presbyterian is pleased to offer PET/MRI, the world’s first simultaneous whole-body 3T MRI and PET exam. For the first time, the anatomical information of MRI and the molecular detail of PET are united in a single scanner, resulting in impressive, precisely aligned images and greater diagnostic confidence. PET/MRI offers an incredible look inside the human body and into the future of medical imaging.

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Advantages of PET/MRI

  • A complete picture of the body’s internal structure and cellular activity which is obtained by combining high-field 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Position Emission Tomography (PET)
  • Precisely aligned images, which reveal a more comprehensive picture to more accurately detect, characterize, stage, and treat certain diseases
  • Improved depiction of anatomy and disease over PET/CT
  • Lower total radiation exposure compared to other imaging exams, making it ideal for pediatric patients and patients concerned with their total cumulative radiation exposure
  • Two exams at once means shorter exam times in a safe and friendly environment designed for patient ease and comfort

Our radiologists are readily available to speak with you regarding the advantages of PET/MRI. For more information or to schedule a PET/MRI exam, please call our Customer Service and Scheduling Center at (212) 746-6000. 

MRIamahero!


Weill Cornell Imaging at NewYork-Presbyterian is proud to have collaborated with Siemens Healthcare in the creation of MRIamahero!.

Captain AmericaWe provide the highest quality imaging for our pediatric patients without the use of sedation, allowing your child to avoid the potential risks or additional recovery. By helping children understand what an MRI looks like, sounds like and what it does, MRIamahero! will help us achieve this goal.

Before your visit, there will be educational resources, including a child-friendly online video (see below) and an exciting Marvel Custom Solutions MRI comic book. During the day of your MRI, the program continues with additional fun surprises to ensure that your visit is as comfortable and as smooth as possible.

MRI am a hero

Targeted to patients between the ages 4 and 15 years old, MRIamahero! hopes to take out the fear and put in the fun to provide the safest care of the highest quality. If one of your "heroes" requires medical imaging and could benefit from this program, please contact our scheduling center at (212) 746-6000 and mention MRIamahero!.

Lung Cancer Screening

The Lung Cancer Screening Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine provides state-of-the-art, low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) imaging for high risk individuals. Our comprehensive program is guided by a multidisciplinary team of experts in radiology, thoracic surgery, pulmonary medicine, and oncology and offers the highest level of service and care coordination from the initial visit to any necessary follow-up or treatment.

For more information, please call us at (646) 697-LUNG (5864) or visit our website: http://www.cornell-lungscreen.com/

Low-Dose Imaging

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Our mission is to provide the high quality imaging at the lowest dose to offer the best and safest possible care to our patients. Weill Cornell Imaging at NewYork-Presbyterian has state-of-the-art and effective dose reduction and monitoring technology deployed across all of our sites. But technology is only part of our program. Every study ordered is reviewed by one of expert radiologists before it is performed to ensure that it is the safest and most effective study to obtain the information necessary to ensure optimal care.

Based on our efforts, Weill Cornell Imaging at NewYork-Presbyterian is recognized as a leader in the field of low-dose imaging. Our low-dose program has been adopted by many practices across the country and was published in collaboration with GE Healthcare as the Low-Dose Blueprint, A Guide to CT Radiation Dose Management.

Our physicians and technologists are happy to answer any additional dose related questions you may have.

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