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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. 

 

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It Takes Two Minutes to Schedule Your Mammogram

It Takes Two Minutes to Schedule Your Mammogram

It's time to take care of you. At Wake Radiology UNC REX, It only take two minutes to schedule your annual mammogram online. With 14 locations throughout the Triangle, Wake Radiology UNC REX is conveniently located where you live, work and play. We offer early...

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.

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...

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. 

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 rates.

Dakota Thomas: Dedicated, Compassionate Care & 3D Mammography Made All the Difference

Dakota Thomas: Dedicated, Compassionate Care & 3D Mammography Made All the Difference

Healthcare professionals often have extra high expectations when they become the patient. We know that our care and quality is valued…and graded every day. A big thank you to Dakota Thomas for sharing her experience at Wake Radiology’s Cary Breast Imaging Center! We know you’re message about 3D mammography and quality care will strike a chord with many women throughout the Triangle.

Dr. Siobhan Alexander Speaks about Annual Screenings

Dr. Siobhan Alexander Speaks about Annual Screenings

Do you really need a mammogram every single year? Yes!
Dr. Siobhan Alexander talks with Valonda Calloway to explain the benefits of annual screenings – particularly 3D mammograms. She also shares how breast imaging radiologists at Wake Radiology UNC REX are leveraging artificial intelligence with 3D screening mammograms to improve early detection and reduce callbacks for more imaging.

Dr. Siobhan Alexander Speaks about Annual Screenings

Dr. Siobhan Alexander talks with Valonda Calloway to explain the benefits of annual screenings – particularly 3D mammograms. She also shares how breast imaging radiologists at Wake Radiology UNC REX are leveraging artificial intelligence with 3D screening mammograms to improve early detection and reduce callbacks for more imaging.

Accreditation: What It Means, Why It Matters

The FDA and the American College of Radiology set image quality standards. Certifications and accreditations from these groups help ensure quality in the images we take and the care we provide. WakeRad UNC REX has continuously met FDA and ACR standards since the 1990s when they become mandatory.

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 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.

Mammo-ste to Namaste

Mammo-ste to Namaste

Congratulations to Mary Brechbiel, a mammography technologist in our Wake Forest office, who recently wrote an article that was featured in the bi-monthly publication produced by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the ASRT Scanner.

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 a breast cancer diagnosis.

NC Medicaid to Extend Coverage to 3D Mammography

Wake Radiology supports North Carolina Medicaid’s decision to begin covering 3D mammography later this spring. When this goes into effect later this year, the state’s Medicaid program will join Medicare and the area’s largest private insurance carriers who have all extended coverage to include this advanced screening.

Everything Is Coming Up Roses!

Wake Radiology is proud to sponsor the Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure (for the 11th year!) and is excited to kick off a six-week campaign using roses to explain the benefits of 3D mammography. Local women are invited to take the rose pledge and be entered to win roses for a year!

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!

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.

Donna Parker: Finding the Right Care Team for You

Donna Parker: Finding the Right Care Team for You

Getting a mammogram, no matter if it’s your first or your fifteenth, can be somewhat nerve racking. This was the case for Donna Parker, a Mebane native who recently switched to Wake Radiology for her yearly mammogram. Although she had never had a poor experience at her previous providers, something just clicked when she arrived at Wake Radiology.

Don’t Let Pink Be Pointless

Pink and ribbons have become synonymous with October, but when was the last time these symbols actually made you stop and think of an individual person – someone who is fighting the disease or the impact early detection can make. Drs. Wellman and Burke encourage you not to let pink be pointless in October and every month of the year.

Always Making Time for Our Patients

Always Making Time for Our Patients

As a mammographer for eight years, I’m often reminded that flexible schedules & appointments are critical to our patients. At Wake Radiology, we work hard every day to make sure our patients understand what we mean when we say: “no one sees you like we do.” Their kind words make me proud to serve them.

I Never Knew… A Mammographer’s Prospective

I Never Knew… A Mammographer’s Prospective

For 32 years as a mammographer, I have found that simple acts of kindness – a smile, an uplifting word or taking an extra moment to truly listen to what a patient wants you to hear – builds assurance in relationships. This helps tremendously when assisting a women with her mammogram.

Detection by Our Numbers

Detection by Our Numbers

During the past year, several national medical organizations have changed their recommendations on when women should begin screening mammograms. We recently reviewed years worth of our own data and still supporting screenings starting at age 40. Check out our detection rate statistics to see why.

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 survivor.

Know Your Risk: Understanding what it means to be at a high risk for breast cancer

Know Your Risk: Understanding what it means to be at a high risk for breast cancer

There are many tools that help women estimate their chance for having breast cancer. But, filling out a “risk calculator” doesn’t always provide a clear picture as to why you may be more likely to develop the disease – and importantly, if there is anything you can do to prevent it. Dr. Danielle Wellman, breast imaging radiologist, has pulled together resources to help women understand why they may be at high risk for breast cancer.

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 how she was able to fight this disease.

How 3D Mammography Changed My Life

How 3D Mammography Changed My Life

As a retired school teacher of 40 years, Gail Woolard knows the importance of following directions. When it comes to her health, she listens to the recommended guidelines to receive a yearly mammogram, starting at the age of 40. Following these directions — year in and year out — not only gave Gail peace of mind, but it may have saved her life.

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.

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.

Survivors and Supporters Make the 2016 Komen Race for the Cure a Big Success

Survivors and Supporters Make the 2016 Komen Race for the Cure a Big Success

Wake Radiology, the Triangle’s leading provider of outpatient medical imaging, extends a big thank you to all of the survivors and supporters who helped make last weekend’s Komen Triangle Race of the Cure a resounding success. A bright sunny day greeted race-goers at The Frontier, the race’s new location in Research Triangle Park. More than 8,000 people participated in the event.

Wake Radiology Increases Investment in 3D Mammography with Eight Units

Wake Radiology is excited to announce it has increased patient access to 3D mammography by now 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.

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.

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