Radiology

  • 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...
  • Recommendations on Radiation

    If you or a loved one is concerned about radiation received to the thyroid from a mammogram, the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging want you to know the following: There is no scientific evidence that radiation from a mammogram significantly increases the likelihood of getting thyroid cancer. The radiation dose to the thyroid from a mammogram is extremely low. It is equivalent to only 30 minutes of natural background radiation received by all Americans from natural sources. During a mammogram, the thyroid is not exposed to the direct X-ray beam used to image the breast...
  • Vancouver Radiologists awarded accreditation by the American College of Radiology

    The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice. Image quality and procedure evaluations are conducted by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field.