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Medical Medical Professionals Professionals CORONAVIRUS 3D Mammography Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. One in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed Cyrus Khorrami, M.D. with breast cancer and more than 40,500 women will die the disease. This is why early detection is so To befrom clear, “coronavirus”

is a general term that refers to a group of viruses that have breast cancerThe is 3D mammography (also known as breast similar structures. group isn’t new, but like any virus, has technology has increased early tomosynthesis). Thisit new changed and over branched out mammograms, especially in detection traditional over time. The outbreak we’re Greater accuracy means women with dense breasts. seeing now is merely the latest better breast cancer detection. branch of that family tree. The clinical name for this new Q: What is a 3Dbut mammogram? How is it different from virus is COVID-19, for ease of understanding, we’ll call it regular mammograms? the 2019 coronavirus. called breast tomosynthesis--is one of the most A: 3D mammogram--also

advanced forms of breast cancer detection. It uses a very low level of radiation to Q: Did pictures the 2019 takeHow multiple of the breast. The x-ray tube moves over the breast in an Coronavirus Start? images of each breast from different angles. A computer arc, capturing multiple Most peoplethese knowpictures that thistocoronavirus reconstructs create a 3-dimensional picture of the breast. A regular outbreak started in Wuhan, China, but they Above all, though, the issue is that we mammogram takes a single picture of the breast.

don’t realize how. don’t know if there are other mysteries and The illness started among vendors at a problems with the 2019 coronavirus that Q: What is the advantage of 3D mammogram? fish market in Wuhan. It appears that this are undiscovered. A: One challenges interpreting mammograms is normal dense breast virus usedof tothe circulate in the of animals that tissuesold hiding cancer. Additionally, areasYou of normal dense breast were in thebreast market, most likely snakes. overlapping Q: How Do Tell the tissue can look suspicious. is why breast cancer in women In December, though, it madeThis a change wedetecting Difference Between the with 2019dense rarely seeisinmore viruses: it jumped and breasts difficult. Thespecies 3-dimensional images of breastand tomosynthesis help Coronavirus the Common began affecting humans. decrease the tissue overlap that can obscure cancers. It also helps distinguish normal

Cold or the Flu? overlapping breast tissue from breast cancer. The 2019 coronavirus is a respiratory Q: Why Is the 2019 Coronavirus Studies have shown that 3D mammograms improve theare very virus.significantly That means its symptoms Dangerous? detection of breast cancer, especially in women with denser breastcold tissue. It also similar to the common and the flu. The problem with this new coronavirus The most know which up breast an earlierknow stage, which may bereliable missedway by to traditional ispicks the word “new.”cancer While at researchers illness you may have is through your travel mammography. 3D mammograms much about how other viruses in the find 20-65% more invasive breast cancers history or average that of someone to you. compared to traditional 2D mammograms, with an increaseclose of 41%. coronavirus family behave, we don’t yet

While there are a few 2019 coronavirus know how different the 2019 coronavirus in the United States, Q: be. Is there increased radiationcases performing a 3Dyou’re highly may unlikely to contract it unless you’ve recently We already know some concerning mammogram? been to China, especially around Wuhan. facts about the virus. We know that it’s coronavirus also The tendslevel to cause A: Mammograms patients tosovery low This levels of radiation. of contagious before theexpose symptoms appear shortness of breath, body aches, and chills. radiation exposure from a 3D mammogram is the same as that from a traditional it’s difficult to contain. We know it spreads While these can also be present with a cold mammogram. So a patient from person to person and thatreceives the virusall the benefits without any increased risk. orradiologist the flu, theyfinds do increase chances that With traditional mammograms, when a an areathe that is may be able to live on non-human surfaces you have the 2019 coronavirus. for 24 hours or more.

suspicious, patients need to be called back for additional views. The multiple images created by 3D mammograms have such increased accuracy that there is decreased need for this. On average 3D mammograms reduce callbacks by up to 40% compared to traditional mammograms. This means less radiation exposure, increased convenience for our patients, and more peace of mind.

Q: What can I expect when having a 3D mammogram? A: The process of having a 3D

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your body recovers. Fortunately, most people with detect on coronavirus have recovered smoothly with this standard supportive medical care.

mammogram. Q: Preventive Measures for the 2019 Coronavirus Outbreak

Your chances of contracting the 2019 Ccoronavirus while going about your life are incredibly small. Even among those who contract the virus, the vast majority are recovering smoothly.

mammogram is the same as a conventional 2D exam. The technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles. There’s no additional compression required, and it only takes a few extra seconds.

Of course, it never hurts to take preventative measures. In fact, many of the tips to avoid the 2019 coronavirus are the same measures you can take to avoid other illnesses. They’re good habits to have allaround. Using 3D mammogram 1. Keep Your Hands the Clean. technology, Hand wash often! cancer was able to be 2. Avoid touching others when it isn’t Q: You Diagnosise the Q:How Do Do insurance companies clearly seen. necessary. 2019 Coronavirus? cover 3D mammograms? That’s especially true for people you don’t There is overlap between this disease you may In notthe realize A: Medicare, private insurers, coverknow 3D because mammograms. past,they’re not and flu or a badand cold.many Doctors use clinical sick. all privateincluding insurancetravel companies covered symptoms history to help 3D mammograms. However, in August 3. Clean Surfaces Often. with theNew diagnosis. andaCT findingsrequiring nearly all the major health insurers 2018, JerseyX-ray enacted mandate Especially areas that are touched by show disease the lung. Today, the only to cover 3Dinmammograms. multiple people. organization that can test for the 2019 4. Stay Home if You’re Ill. coronavirus is the Centers for Disease The rule of thumb is to stay home until Control and Prevention (CDC). and serving the community for over 30 years. Our 3D you’ve been fever-free for 24 hours. If you think you may have the virus, mammogram is the latest on the market and has the Overall most 5. Pay More Attention to Your call ahead to a medical office so theyItcan advanced technology. is our mission Health. to provide the very prepare the facility and alert the CDC. Common mistakes like sleeping too little, best for patients. We thank Explain yourour symptoms and whether you’ve you for trusting us with your eating an unbalanced and non-nutritious health and the health of your loved visited China recently or have had close diet, having excessive stress, or exercising contact who has. to offering ones.with Wesomeone look forward too little can make your immune system less effective. During this outbreak and Q: How to Treat the 2019 cancer screening. other high-illness times, make your Coronavirus healthy habits a priority. For the 2019 coronavirus, as with many viruses, there is no direct treatment for the For more health tips, check out virus itself. The primary treatment is to Cyrus Khorrami, M.D. other articles on our healthcare blog. relieve symptoms and prevent the illness Medical Director from spreading to those around you while PARVIZ KHORRAMI, M.D. CYRUS KHORRAMI, M.D. Founder Medical Director PARVIN MOTEMADEN KHORRAMI, M.D.

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