June is Men’s Health Month! The Radiologists at Lake Medical Imaging want to foster understanding of the importance of screening for diseases that typically affect men, including:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm, or triple-A, a leading cause of death in men over 60
- Prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer in American men
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH
These serious conditions can be detected and treated early by knowing the risks and warning signs and getting the appropriate screening and medical care.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm can be detected by a simple ultrasound test that can determine whether or not follow-up imaging is needed. This quick and noninvasive screening can be done without a doctor’s order.
Prostate cancer screening uses a blood test called prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and/or a digital rectal exam. BPH is evaluated in the same manner, with the addition of urinalysis. (Patients need to discuss with their doctors whether PSA testing is appropriate for them. )When a patient’s PSA level is high and an initial biopsy is inconclusive, our Radiologists are able to perform a special contrast enhanced MRI exam that takes the guesswork out of the diagnosis. Similar to advanced breast MRI studies, a computer-aided image analysis system is used to pinpoint prostate cancer.
“With this technology, we are able to better localize sites of potential cancer from within the prostate and give our patients and their referring physicians additional information. Fusing the MRI images with the urologist’s prostate ultrasound helps target the precise area of abnormality for biopsy, to support a more accurate diagnosis and yield the best treatment options,” said Dr. Cathrine Keller, Managing Physician.
Visit https://www.radiologyinfo.org and search Men’s Health for more information.