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AI to Support Breast Cancer Detection

Wake Radiology UNC REX Healthcare, the Triangle’s largest provider of 3D mammography, is the first radiology practice in the Triangle to adopt iCAD’s Profound AI®, a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) technology to aid in breast cancer detection.  

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Know before you go for your MRI

When a doctor orders an MRI, patients know they’re coming to find out more about their health concern or the extent of an injury. What they don’t know, is what to expect during the MRI exam. 

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Fast Breast MRI 

Abbreviated Breast MRI (also known as Fast Breast MRI) is a breast cancer screening tool available to women who have an average risk of breast cancer or who have dense breasts. Used in conjunction with 3D mammography, AB-MRI can increase cancer detection, but does not replace a yearly mammogram. 

 

Other News & Insights

What is the role of breast ultrasound?

Breast ultrasound shouldn’t replace your mammogram, but it does provide additional diagnostic information, especially if there’s an area of concern. Learn more about the role of breast ultrasound from Dr. Susan Kennedy, one of our breast imaging radiologists.

Wake Radiology UNC REX Healthcare Adopts AI Technology to Support Breast Cancer Detection

Wake Radiology UNC REX Healthcare Adopts AI Technology to Support Breast Cancer Detection

Wake Radiology UNC REX Healthcare is the first outpatient radiology practice in the Triangle to adopt state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) technology to aid in breast cancer detection. We’re implementing iCAD’s ProFound AI®, an advanced, deep-learning AI software platform, as another tool our physicians may use in the effort to improve cancer detection and decrease recall […]

Wake Radiology Supports New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

New breast cancer screening guidelines outlined by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) call for risk assessments beginning at age 30 for all women and detail specific instructions for African American women who are at an increase risk of mortality from breast cancer.

What Does It Really Mean to Have Dense Breasts?

Learning that you have dense breast tissue can be confusing. From questions about how it’s related to breast cancer to what it means for your long-term health, it’s important for women to understand breast density. Dr. Kerry Chandler explains what women need to know.

Standard Sequence of Breast Imaging

Your annual screening mammogram is the best “place to start” for detecting breast cancer. What does in mean if you’re called back for additional exams? And, what type of exam will you have? Check out this simple infographic that our breast imaging radiologists created to show the sequence of exams they can use to confirm […]

Abbreviated Breast MRI

Abbreviated Breast MRI

Abbreviated Breast MRI (Fast Breast) is a breast cancer screening tool available to women who have an average risk of breast cancer or who have dense breasts. 

The Breast Imaging Sequence

Understanding the Process of Breast Imaging is important to our Patient and reduces Anxiety. Learn the sequence of breast imaging and detection of cancer.

Don’t Put Off Your Screening Mammogram Because of COVID-19

[…] the changes we’ve had to make, one thing you shouldn’t postpone or cancel is your screening mammogram. Early detection is still the key. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the US and is the second leading cause of death (behind heart disease) according to the American Cancer […]

Why Is Compression Important During a Mammogram?

[…] We agree with the new breast imaging guidelines and data from multiple leading medical organizations that screening mammography, specifically 3D mammography, is the best way to detect breast cancer at its earliest stage when it’s most treatable. WakeRad UNC REX is proud to be the Triangle’s leader in 3D mammography with breast imaging offices located […]

Detection by Our Numbers

Detection by Our Numbers

Why we recommend annual mammography starting at age 40.  At Wake Radiology, we encourage all women to know more about how they can protect themselves against breast cancer. Early detection continues to be our best tool for diagnosing and treating this disease. Screening mammography plays a critical role in saving lives. Facts from Local Breast […]

I Never Thought It’d Be Me: Tara Sparks

I Never Thought It’d Be Me: Tara Sparks

Tara Sparks, a mother of three and a wife for 23 years, didn’t think that a routine screening for breast cancer was something that could benefit her. But, that was before a surprising life twist and some amazing community support. Today, she’s proud to be both an advocate for screening mammography and a breast cancer […]

Don’t Let Pink Be Pointless

[…] the yellow, orange and red from changing leaves. It can feel like every business, product, brand, sports team, advertisement and TV show becomes a platform for promoting Breast Cancer Awareness month. The color and ribbon have become synonymous with October, but when was the last time these symbols actually made you stop and think of […]

The Facts about 40

The Facts about 40

Wake Radiology recommends mammograms starting at age 40. High-quality, annual 3D mammography remains a woman’s best option for early breast cancer detection. Long-term follow up in multiple studies have shown an 18-29% reduction in breast cancer mortality when annual screening is done between ages 40-50. Mammography detected breast cancer in the 40-50 age group results […]

How long does a screening mammogram take? How about 30 minutes or less?

How long does a screening mammogram take? How about 30 minutes or less?

[…] Wake Radiology, a mammogram — even a 3D exam — only takes about 30 minutes from check in to exam completion. Dr. Susan Kennedy, one of our breast imaging radiologist, helps explain exactly what to expect during your yearly mammogram appointment. What to Expect When you arrive for your screening mammogram, you will check in […]

Wake Radiology Secures Tenth 3D Mammography Unit

Wake Radiology announced today that the practice is adding its tenth 3D mammography unit and will install this screening technology in its Fuquay-Varina office. Now with almost triple as many units as any other local imaging provider, Wake Radiology is the Triangle leader in advanced breast imaging.

Going The Extra Mile: Kay Casper’s Story

Going The Extra Mile: Kay Casper’s Story

A breast cancer diagnosis can leave a woman feeling defeated and hopeless. Family and friends rally support and offer to help — and that means the world. But, compassionate, respectful care from from your healthcare team can be a source of unexpected strength. Read Kay Casper’s story about how a dedicated care team directly impacted […]

Jane Crowder: Early Detection with 3D Mammography

With a family history of breast cancer, Jane Crowder knew the importance of her annual screening mammogram. This year, at 44, Jane’s diligence to having her annual mammogram and her commitment to 3D technology paid off. Check out her story!

How 3D Mammography Changed My Life

How 3D Mammography Changed My Life

[…] Dr. Wellman assured Gail that she would be available to answer any questions that she may have. In July, Gail had surgery to remove her Stage 1 breast cancer. The tumor was so small that even the surgeon couldn’t feel it. She recently completed her first round of radiation and will not have to undergo […]

8 Things To Know Before Your First (or Next) Mammogram

[…] Is in a Mammogram? Can I Get A Mammogram If I Have Breast Implants? Why Should I Get A Mammogram? Mammography is our best tool for detecting breast cancer — at its earliest possible stage. Breast cancer is the single most common cause of death in women ages 35 to 54. Having an annual mammogram, […]

Wake Radiology Increases Investment in 3D Mammography with Eight Units

[…] having a total of eight units in its offices throughout the area. Patients can now request a 3D mammogram at our Wake Forest office and we’ve expanded service in both Cary and North Hills. With twice as many units as any other local imaging provider, Wake Radiology is the Triangle leader in advanced breast imaging.

Quality Care Should Never Be a Request

At 35, while performing a self examination, Laura Dowds found a lump in her breast. Although it was small, she instantly knew it was not supposed to be there. She shares her story about how mammography and respectful care from the Wake Radiology team helped her beat breast cancer.

Annual Screening Mammogram: Early Detection Is The Best Protection

Annual Screening Mammogram: Early Detection Is The Best Protection

This week, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced its recommendations about when women should begin annual mammogram screenings. We believe this will spark important dialogue, but it could also bring some confusion.Our breast imaging radiologists offer recommendations and information.

Donna Parker: Finding the Right Care Team for You

Donna Parker: Finding the Right Care Team for You

[…] told to have mammograms every six months, instead of just an annual screening. That, she says, is an appointment she is happy to make. “My mother had breast cancer and due to my dense breasts, I understand the importance of breast health and staying up-to-date on my mammograms. It’s one of the few preventative measures […]

Everything Is Coming Up Roses!

[…] a screening mammogram during the next 12 months can also enter to win a year’s worth of roses. “We strongly believe that 3D mammogram help us detect breast cancer at the earliest possible stage,” says Dr. Danielle Wellman, director of breast services at Wake Radiology. “We took a rose and put it through both a […]

NC Medicaid to Extend Coverage to 3D Mammography

[…] aligns with our own commitment to offer 3D mammography services in communities where our patients live. 3D mammography offers: Increased clarity of breast tissue Greater accuracy for breast cancer detection Fewer callbacks – reducing patient anxiety Wake Radiology always recommends that patients verify coverage with their insurance carrier before their appointment. Wake Radiology offers payment […]

Accreditation: What It Means, Why It Matters

Breast imaging is a proven and essential tool in efforts to detect and diagnose breast cancer. An actionable diagnosis starts with a clear, detailed, quality image. That’s why there are strict standards around the equipment and technology used in medical imaging as well as certifications for radiologic technologists who perform the exam and the radiologists […]

Wake Radiology Team Rallies to Support Triangle Race for the Cure

[…] outpatient imaging provider in the Triangle, announced today it is once again sponsoring the Susan G. Komen® Triangle Race for the Cure. The event raises money for breast cancer research and patients, and will be held on Saturday, May 4, at Boxyard RTP in Research Triangle Park. This year, more than 50 members of the […]

Peace of Mind Comes From a Simple Routine: Marsha Abrams

[…] been a mammography patient at Wake Radiology for nine years running. Although she’s always had a clean bill of health and doesn’t have a family history of breast cancer, Marsha understands how quickly cancer can form and spread, so she “doesn’t want to push her luck by skipping a year.” Just last month, Marsha went […]

I Never Knew… A Mammographer’s Prospective

I Never Knew… A Mammographer’s Prospective

[…] of concern was very small, but through a team effort at Wake Radiology, additional imaging and information was quickly obtained. This led to a breast biopsy, a breast cancer diagnosis, and a lumpectomy. Weeks later, when I was at my local grocery store, I encountered this same lovely patient. We smiled at one another and […]

Wake Radiology Recognized with National Digital Marketing Award

[…] in 1953, Wake Radiology is the Triangle’s leading provider of outpatient medical imaging. Its physicians have been trained as experts in specific imaging specialties – ranging from breast cancer detection and pediatrics to sports medicine and neuroradiology (brain and spine) – to accurately diagnose healthcare issues. Another hallmark of Wake Radiology is its commitment to […]

Wake Radiology Introduces New Technology

Wake Radiology Introduces New Technology

[…] in 1953, Wake Radiology is the Triangle’s leading provider of outpatient medical imaging. Its physicians have been trained as experts in specific imaging specialties – ranging from breast cancer detection and pediatrics to sports medicine and neuroradiology (brain and spine) – to accurately diagnose healthcare issues. Another hallmark of Wake Radiology is its commitment to […]

Wake Radiology Announces Year-Long Care Campaign to Celebrate 65th Anniversary

Wake Radiology Announces Year-Long Care Campaign to Celebrate 65th Anniversary

[…] in 1953, Wake Radiology is the Triangle’s leading provider of outpatient medical imaging. Its physicians have been trained as experts in specific imaging specialties – ranging from breast cancer detection and pediatrics to sports medicine and neuroradiology (brain and spine) – to accurately diagnose healthcare issues. Another hallmark of Wake Radiology is its commitment to […]

Free Mammogram Day – Wednesday, May 15, 2019

[…] Be 40 years old or older Be asymptomatic Be uninsured Have a have a doctor they have seen in the past 18 months Have no personal history of breast cancer For this special offer, we can only accept one patient per provider with a limit of five patients per practice. We can only accept scheduled appointments for […]

Wake Radiology Welcomes Four New Radiologists

[…] in 1953, Wake Radiology is the Triangle’s leading provider of outpatient medical imaging. Its physicians have been trained as experts in specific imaging specialties – ranging from breast cancer detection and pediatrics to sports medicine and neuroradiology (brain and spine) – to accurately diagnose healthcare issues. Another hallmark of Wake Radiology is its commitment to […]

Free Mammogram Day – Thursday, October 8, 2020

[…] Be 40 years old or older Be asymptomatic Be uninsured Have a have a doctor they have seen in the past 18 months Have no personal history of breast cancer For this special offer, we can only accept one patient per provider with a limit of five patients per practice. We can only accept scheduled appointments for […]

Wake Radiology Selects Vital’s Imaging Practice Management Tools for Self-Service Access to Enterprise-wide Imaging Operations Data

[…] Founded in 1953, Wake Radiology is the Triangle’s leading provider of outpatient imaging services. Its physicians have been trained as experts in specific imaging specialties – ranging from breast cancer detection and pediatrics to sports medicine and neuroradiology – to accurately diagnose healthcare issues. Wake Radiology is the region’s largest outpatient imaging practice with nearly 50 […]

A New Partnership Improves Access to Medical Imaging for Area Patients

A New Partnership Improves Access to Medical Imaging for Area Patients

[…] access to specific types of imaging? Yes. For example, 3D mammography is offered at all of WakeRad REX’s outpatient offices. This advanced technology helps our radiologists detect breast cancer at its earliest stage. There are a variety of reasons why women put off having this important annual exam. By increasing convenient access, extending hours and […]

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