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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.

Should You Have a Lung Cancer Screening?

Did you know a CT lung cancer screening can detect cancer early? That improves treatments and saves lives, but how do you know if you should have a screening? Dr. Gullotto gives some details that can help.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

WakeRad UNC REX is carefully monitoring COVID-19 in our community. We’ve added new safety protocols to ensure that our patients and team remain healthy. This includes modified appointment times to allow for improved patient safety, social distancing and more cleaning time. Learn what we’re doing to keep everyone safe.

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has surely forced a lot of adjustments. Many of us are not gathering with our families this holiday season. We’re all staying home more than ever. Going to work looks different for many of us. Many schools remain online.  You may also have...

Why Is Compression Important During a Mammogram?

There are a lot of reasons women put off having their annual screening mammogram. One reason we routinely hear is that many patients find the compression uncomfortable or even painful. So why is it important? Why is compression necessary during a mammogram?...

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.

Our Quality is Certified and Accredited

Breast imaging is a proven and essential tool for detecting and diagnosing breast cancer. An actionable diagnosis starts with a clear, detailed, quality image. That’s why there are strict standards around imaging equipment and technology as well as qualifications for...

WakeRad UNC REX 2020 Q1 News

Our Quality Is Certified and Accredited Breast imaging is a proven and essential tool for detecting and diagnosing breast cancer. An actionable diagnosis starts with a clear, detailed, quality image. That’s why there are strict standards around imaging equipment and...

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.

Lung Cancer Screenings Can Improve Treatment, Save Lives

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. Low-dose CT lung cancer screenings give doctors and patients the ability to detect lung cancer when it’s potentially curable. Dr. Carmelo Gullotto explains the criteria for and benefits of a lung cancer screening.

A New Partnership Improves Access to Medical Imaging for Area Patients

We’re making it easier than ever to access quality, outpatient medical imaging no matter where you live or work in the greater Triangle. Check out what our new partnership means for patients and referring providers. (Hint: it means more office locations for everyone and some will see lower costs!)

65 Years of Excellence in Medical Imaging

We know that above imaging quality, our team’s expertise, and convenient locations, the care we provide and how we’re viewed comes down to how we treat those with whom we serve, work and live. In 2018, Wake Radiology launched a year-long initiative called WakeRad...

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.

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.

What to Expect During Your MRI Exam

When a doctor orders an MRI, patients know they that will get information about an injury or health concern. What they don’t know, is what to expect during the actual MRI exam. To help, Kimberly Morris, Lead MRI technologist and Manager of our Raleigh MRI office, helped us pull together information that walks you through the entire process.

Why Risk Matters: Updated Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

It’s important to understand your risk for breast cancer. The new guidelines announced earlier this year, Dr. Danielle Wellman helps explain when women should have their first mammogram, how often they should be screened, and what do to do if they are considered to have a higher risk for breast cancer.

Medical Imaging Can Help Detect Skin Cancer

With summer officially here, sunscreen is likely being used by the gallon as we all get outside and enjoy North Carolina’s great weather and attractions. Sunscreen is critical in helping to prevent sunburn and ultimately skin cancer. Did you know that medical imaging can help detect melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer? Dr. David Schultz explains how radiologists at Wake Radiology use PET-CT to help with diagnosis and staging of this skin cancer.

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!

Mammography vs. Thermography: Which is better at detecting breast cancer?

Every couple of years, there’s an increased interest in breast thermography and how it compares to mammography in detecting breast cancer. The co-director of Wake Radiology’s Breast Imaging team shares important information, scientific data and our practice’s position on thermography.

Lung Cancer Screenings Can Save Lives

Medical imaging is changing when and how are detected and treated. Thankfully, we can add lung cancer to the list of diseases that can be detected with a simple CT scan. Dr. William Way explains how CT lung cancer screenings can help save lives.

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.

Common Questions After A Screening Mammogram

You went, not you’ve got questions. Our mammography technologists and breast imaging radiologist address common questions women have AFTER a screening mammogram.

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.

Is a 3D Mammogram Really Better Than a 2D Mammogram?

Patients and colleagues both have asked if 3D mammograms are worth all of the hype. At Wake Radiology, we strongly believe that 3D mammography, or 3D breast tomosynthesis, is absolutely as revolutionary as it’s stated to be.

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

A screening mammogram doesn’t mean a half-day appointment. At Wake Radiology, a mammogram – even a 3D exam – only takes about 30 minutes from check in to exam completion. Dr. Susan Kennedy helps explain exactly what to expect during your yearly mammogram appointment.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

We ask a lot of our feet and foot pain can come from various sources. Dr. William Vanarthos explains how imaged guided joint injections can help ease or reduce pain so you can put your best foot forward.

Answers to Your Joint Pain Questions

Joint pain can affect people regardless of age or activity level. Dr. Rusty Wilson, musculoskeletal radiologist and the Co-Director of the Orthopedic and Sport Imaging section at Wake Radiology, addresses common questions related to joint pain and when you should talk with your doctor about how imaging can help your diagnosis and treatment.

Can an MRI Help Diagnose and Treat Arthritis Pain?

In the United States alone, it’s estimated that nearly 46 million Americans have some form of arthritis. Unfortunately, the likelihood of developing this chronic condition increases with age. Imaging technologies, particularly MRI, can play an important role not only in diagnosing arthritis, but in assisting with monitoring treatments and pain-relieving therapies.

Common Myths about Varicose Veins

To help clear up some of the questions and concerns surrounding varicose veins, we’ve put together a list of popular myths and their counterparts.

Could Your Lung Cancer Be Treated?

Research recognizes that low-dose CT (LDCT) screenings can be a useful tool for detecting lung cancer early when it’s at a treatable stage. And, now many insurance plans are covering the procedure. Dr. Carmelo Gullotto explains how LDCT works.

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.

Peace of Mind Comes From a Simple Routine: Marsha Abrams

A lot of us work pretty hard to keep a routine. That’s the mentality Marsha Abrams applies every year when it’s time to have her screening mammogram. It’s part of her routine. An important part that gives her peace of mind.

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

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

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

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

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.

Say “Yes” to a Mammogram Every Year

Women often ask if they really need a mammogram every year. Breast imaging radiologist Richard Max explains why it’s important to say “yes” to annual screening exams.

Why Do We Send a Brochure About Breast Density With Your Mammogram Results?

After a screening mammogram, we understand that our patients simply want to know the results of their screening. Many patients are surprised when their mammography report is accompanied by information about breast density. Dr. Kerry Chandler explains why we send the letter and what it means about your breast health.

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 Asks Local Women to Make a Pinky Promise Pledge

Wake Radiology is asking area women to “use the power of the pinky” to promote early detection as part of a month-long focus on breast cancer. To increase awareness, we’re asking area women to make a “pinky promise pledge” with someone they care about that they will have a screening mammogram within the next 12 months.

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.

Top 5 MRI Questions

Just being told you need a MRI can make you worried and anxious. One of our certified technologists answers the top 5 questions that are asked most commonly asked about having an MRI.

PBS Behind the Scenes Video Shoot – June 2016

CARY, June 23, 2016 — Wake Radiology, the Triangle’s leading provider of outpatient medical imaging, would like to thank all radiologists, technologists and Cary office staff who helped the video crew from Behind the Scenes with James Earl Jones. We appreciate all of...

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.

Why Do I Need a Knee MRI?

Knee pain can keep you from activities you enjoy. Dr. William Vanarthos explains how a knee MRI offers the best method for determining if the soft tissues or bone have been compromised.

Shoulder Pain: When You Can’t Shrug It Off

From baseball pitching to carrying little kids to lifting overhead, the shoulder gets quite the workout. Dr. Rusty Wilson shares why It’s important to take care of this joint – especially if it’s been injured.

Can a DXA Scan Determine My Risk for Osteoporosis?

Many patients are concerned about the impact of osteoporosis as they age. Dr. Joseph Melamed explains how a DXA scan can help determine if you have osteoporosis and what type of treatment could be effective in treating this condition.

Wake Radiology Recognized with National Digital Marketing Award

Wake Radiology is excited to announced that was it was selected by the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) as the winner of organization’s 2016 Digital Marketing award. This national award recognizes excellence in a practice’s website and online marketing programs.

Is Your Joint Pain Coming from Arthritis?

Joint pain is a common problem. Often it is transient and resolves on its own. However, when it persists, x-rays or more advanced imaging can help make a correct diagnosis. Dr. Charles Pope explains how imaging can help determine if you have arthritis and, if so, specifically what type.

Getting Your Elbow Back in the Game

Pain in your elbow doesn’t have to slow you down, especially as all of us look to get back to outdoor activities as the weather improves. Dr. Lyndon Jordan helps explain how imaging can help identify pain associated with tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow.

What does a MRI of the hip show?

Hip pain can stem from many causes including problems with a patient’s bony structures as well as in their soft tissues. A correct diagnosis is critical to ensuring that the best possible treatment plan is chosen. Wake Radiology’s Dr. Nik Wasudev explains the benefits of a hip MRI and how it can help determine the cause of pain.

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.

Wake Radiology Introduces New Technology

Wake Radiology is proud to partner with Intelerad Medical Systems, and deploy their InteleConnect product, to help speed the delivery of diagnostic images and reports to our referring healthcare providers. This includes critical results reporting with better workflows and anytime access.

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.

62 Years Thankful

The field of radiology now has 120 years under its belt, and Wake Radiology has been serving this area for over half of them. Dr. Lyndon Jordan shares why we’re thankful for our history, our referring community and our patients!

When to Consider a Screening for Lung Cancer

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of death from cancer in this country. Individuals at high risk for lung cancer now have access to a low dose, low cost screening procedure. And, recently, this procedure became covered by most insurances and Medicare. Dr. Carmelo Gullotto, a body imaging radiologist at Wake Radiology, explains who should consider talking with their doctor about having a lung cancer screening.

A Technologist’s View: What Did You See?

Quality images are the foundation for an accurate diagnosis. One of our radiologic technologists explains why capturing just the right image is critical to your health. And, how providing the best quality images makes it possible for our subspecialty radiologists to make a diagnosis.

What Is That on My X-Ray?

Ever wonder what that item is on your x-ray? Almost every person who comes into our office for an x-ray asks about “that thing in the corner.” One of our technologist has the answer to question everyone wants answered.

Initials or Credentials? What Do Those Letters Mean?

Ever wonder what’s behind the name? What those letters mean? When you visit a Wake Radiology office, you’ll notice each employee wearing a badge that includes our new logo and a photo of the employee along with their name, credentials, and primary job title. Throughout the years, patients and family members have often asked what our credentials mean.

What to Expect in Your First Mammogram

Having your first mammogram can be stressful. Dr. Susan Kennedy explains why this exam is really not as scary as you may think and offers some simple tips.

Mammograms at Age 40: A response to ACS recommendations

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently announced new recommendations about when women should begin annual mammogram screenings. We believe this will spark important dialogue between women and their primary healthcare provider about their breast health and their risk for breast cancer. It could also bring some confusion. Dr. Danielle Wellman and Dr. Eithne Burke, co-directors of our Breast Imaging Services, offer a response and Wake Radiology’s recommendations for women age 40 and above.

Should women with breast implants still have a mammogram?

Some women who have breast implants are reluctant to get an annual mammogram because they’re fearful that the implant will rupture. Dr. Kerry Chandler, breast imaging radiologist, explains how low rupture rates and the earliest possible cancer detection can mitigate this fear.

How early can a mammogram detect breast cancer?

Research, radiologists and other medical professional all agree that mammograms are the key to detecting breast cancer. But, just how early is this tool effective? Dr. Duncan Rougier-Chapman, breast imaging specialists, explains the impressive statistics behind this important annual screening exam.

How much radiation is in a mammogram?

Radiation is always a concern when people need some type of medical imaging. This holds true with mammography and can lead to questions about this important annual screening. Dr. John Matzko, breast imaging specialist, helps patients understand how much radiation they will receive during a mammogram.

3D Mammograms: Breakthrough Technology

3D mammography is one of the most revolutionary technologies in breast cancer detection in the past 20 years. Dr. Danielle Wellman, breast imaging radiologist, discusses this breakthrough with Valonda Calloway during a segment on WNCN’s My Carolina Today

Do I really need a mammogram every year?

I’m always surprised by just how often I hear that question.
I’ve worked as a mammography technologist for a little over two years. During that time, I’ve heard countless women say, “I read or heard that you really don’t need a mammogram every year.” Or, others who say “no one in my family has breast cancer so I don’t need a mammogram every year.”
So when I hear those statements or am asked that question, here’s what I say:

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