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To drink or not to drink? That is the question radiologists have been struggling with when it comes to positive oral contrast. To the patient it may seem like an arbitrary question but there are real consequences to not using an oral contrast agent to opacify the...
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When it comes to communicating the location of a palpable mass, point of pain, or even a thoracic level in MRI, most radiologists and technologists use a skin marker.  “Skin markers serve an important purpose: marking the anatomy so the doctors can see where there is a...
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At Beekley, it’s not uncommon for us to come across inspiring stories about patients and physicians fighting cancer. Sometimes they’re so inspiring that we have to share them. Meet Dr. Krystyna Kiel, a radiation oncologist who retired from Rush University Medical Center...
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“We want that body contour to be as accurate as possible. That is what we have to plan through to get to our target – the patient's cancer.” Beth Kelly, Dosimetrist and Chief Therapist, Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount, NC Accuracy Is Key In Radiation Therapy Optimal...
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Transthoracic needle biopsy (TTNB) is integral in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.  TTNB is usually performed under CT image guidance by a radiologist as it is less invasive than most surgical alternatives. While TTNB plays a crucial role in diagnosis of lung...
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Treatments, regular testing, coping with symptoms of the disease, and side effects from medication can drain cancer patients both physically and emotionally. Radiation oncology providers are keenly aware of this and strive to help reduce the stress, anxiety, and...
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The challenge every radiation oncology department faces is to destroy cancer cells and stop the growth of the tumor while limiting harm to nearby healthy tissue. Accuracy is measured in millimeters, and the precision of the CT simulation will affect subsequent...
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The goal of the radiation therapist is to accurately locate the central axis or zero slice on the tumor field for treatment planning. A skin marker with a distinct shape that clearly defines the area of focus as you are scrolling through the images can save you time and...
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Temporary marks are an important part of CT simulation, allowing for accurate and reproducible set-ups for treatment. However, temporary marks are only helpful if they stay on the patient. Otherwise, the patient will need to be re-simulated before receiving or...