News

  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

    As always, our staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care, in the safest environment possible. We are looking to government health officials for guidance, and we will keep our patients informed as policies evolve. As new information is released, we will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Washington State Department of Health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff. What are we doing to ensure our patients' safety? Asking walk-in patients to call first or have their provider call so that we can pre-screen over the phone....
  • Modernizing Breast Cancer Screening

    Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that they are looking to make improvements to the way they oversee mammography services, and the information communicated to patients. The goal is to provide patients with all necessary information, so that they may be empowered when considering important decisions regarding their breast health care. "Mammograms of dense breasts—breasts with a higher proportion of fibroglandular tissue compared to fatty tissue—can be difficult to interpret because the dense tissue can obscure signs of breast cancer and lower the sensitivity of the image. Dense breasts have also been identified as a risk factor for...
  • VanRad Donates Ultrasound Machine to Local Animal Hospital

    Similarly to humans, animals require quality medical imaging equipment to help in the diagnosis and prognosis of disease and illness. When medical imaging specialists, Vancouver Radiologists, recently decided that it was time for an upgrade in their ultrasound equipment, they were excited to donate what was (at the time) their existing ultrasound machine to Orchard Hills Animal Hospital in Washougal, Washington to better help in the medical treatment of animals. “Diagnostic ultrasound can be just as valuable to the veterinary doctor as it is for the medical Doctor. Vancouver Radiologists is excited to provide the doctors at Orchards Hills Animal...
  • New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

    If you're confused about when to start getting mammograms and how often you should be getting them, you're not alone. The very organizations that are responsible for telling us when and how often to get those screenings don't agree. The American Cancer Society updated its guidelines on screening mammography this week. They now recommend that most women not begin annual screening mammography until age 45. When they turn 55, it recommends that they switch to every-other-year screening. The ACS does state that women should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do...
  • ICD-10 is HERE!

    ICD-10 is the abbreviation of the International Classification of Diseases and is used to report diagnosis in the clinical setting.  This new code set was launched on October 1st, 2015 and reflects advances in medicine and current medical terminology. At Vancouver Radiologists, we have been working for over a year to prepare our organization for this transition. We will be working closely with our referring physicians to ensure they are providing detailed clinical history for the patients they refer to our imaging centers. We recently distributed new order forms to all physicians in the greater Vancouver area and copies of...
  • Low-dose 3D Mammography Now Available

    Vancouver Radiologists is proud to announce the availability of Hologic low-dose 3D mammography. The latest innovation in breast cancer screening which offers superior performance to 2D alone. Vancouver Radiologists began providing 3D mammography to the community in October 2014 and is now one of the first healthcare providers in the region to offer the new advanced 3D mammography technology from Hologic. Hologic's new C-View software creates a 2D image from the 3D dataset, removing the need for a separate 2D exposure. The elimination of the 2D exposure results in patients spending less time under compression and a reduction in radiation,...
  • 3D Mammography Now Available

    Vancouver Radiologists is deeply committed to women's health and breast care issues and is pleased to announce that 3D Mammography is now available at the Breast Center located near the Vancouver Mall in the Vancouver Village Shopping Center. Three-dimensional Views Breast tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue providing improved visibility for the radiologist to see the breast tissue detail in a way not possible before. A 3D mammogram is very similar to a traditional mammogram and is performed during the same appointment. There is no additional compression of the breast and it only takes a...
  • Low Dose CT Lung Screening Now Available

    Screening for those at high risk for lung cancer is incredibly important. Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer in the United States. Recognizing that most cases of lung cancer occur with no symptoms and, when detected early, over 80% of lung cancer deaths could be prevented, Vancouver Radiologists now offers low dose CT lung cancer screening. Additionally, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently rated low dose CT Lung Screening with a Grade B – which means they recommend annual low-dose CT screening for high-risk individuals. "This USPSTF recommendation and expanded use of CT lung cancer screening...
  • Vancouver Physician Inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology

    Reston, Va. — Erik J. Kilgore, M.D., has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR). The induction took place at a formal convocation ceremony during the recent ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership conference April 26–30, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Kilgore is currently a diagnostic radiologist and partner/owner of Vancouver Radiologists, where he serves as a member of the Board of Directors. He is also the medical director of imaging at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital in Vancouver, Wash. He is a member of the ACR. Kilgore received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of...
  • Mammography still valuable diagnostic tool for breast cancer

    Dr. Erik Kilgore was recently featured in a news article printed by The Columbian newspaper regarding the recent Canadian study challenging the need for annual mammograms. The recently published story followed nearly 90,000 women in Canada for up to 25 years to compare breast cancer incidence and mortality between women who received mammograms and those who did not. The study was heavily criticized for flaws in the data and the study design and may cause confusion for women. Dr. Kilgore speaks to the importance of following the American Cancer Society's recommendation of annual screening mammograms starting at age 40.  Click here to read the...