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Siker Imaging Welcomes new Expert Women’s Imaging Specialist!

Siker Medical Imaging and Intervention is thrilled to welcome Dr. Valerie Hunter, MD to the Siker Imaging & Intervention team! Valerie Hunter, MD, has been a Women’s Imaging professional for 26 years, bringing a personal hands-on approach to patient care. Dr. Hunter joined the Siker Imaging and Intervention team in March, 2015, bringing her skills in breast diagnosis and biopsy, OB/GYN ultrasound, infertility imaging, pelvic floor imaging, and thyroid ultrasound and aspiration. She is passionate about patient care and women’s imaging issues. Training Cross Sectional Imaging Fellowship at UC Irvine medical Center Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at University of Texas Health Center Education University of Texas Medical Branch Board Certification American College of Radiology Valerie Hunter, MD, has been a Women’s Imaging professional for 26 years, bringing a personal hands-on approach to patient care. After graduating from University of Texas...

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Case Study – Fetal MRI 001

Agenesis of the corpus callosum at 20 weeks...

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Assessing a Suspicious Breast Nodule: MRI, Ultrasound and Expert Radiologists

This is a perfect example of how we use multi-modality tools the same day of the patient visit to reduce the instances of “false positives” and increase accuracy in diagnosis in breast care. Even the latest and greatest technology often isn’t enough on it’s own. That’s why having expert specialists onsite with access to multiple diagnostic modalities provides such a immediate, accurate and reassuring service to the patient. SYMPTOMS: The patient presented with a history of breast cancer (diagnosed two years prior) that had been treated with left inferior lumpectomy and radiation. A post-treatment MRI showed a 5 mm enhancing focus left upper outer. Patient had a negative mammogram. Mother had breast cancer at age 60. A high resolution bi-lateral 3T breast MRI was performed with a dedicated diagnostic breast coil. An expert women’s imaging radiologist interpreted the MRI while...

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Staging Endometrial Cancer: 3T MRI Female Pelvis

SYMPTOMS: Patient with recently diagnosed endometrial cancer was referred to have a 3T MRI of the pelvis performed (without contrast). The purpose for doing so was to evaluate endometrial involvement and determine if there was any myometrial invasion. The referring physician also requested that the study be used to evaluate lymph nodes. With high resolution 3T MRI the study was performed without contrast. Extremely high resolution images were obtained. Dr. Amy Thurmond, Women’s Imaging Specialist, was able to “stage” the cancer (Stage 1) and determine that there was little if any myometrial invasion.   * Staging Endometrial Cancer with 3T MRI of the Pelvis without contrast agent. SUMMARY OF FINDINGS: 1. Findings are consistent with a FIGO Stage 1A endometrial cancer, mean diameter of 8 mm with minimal if any myometrial invasion. COMMENTS and TREATMENT: The high resolution 3T MRI...

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3T in Womens Imaging

Why is 3 Tesla MRI so important in Women’s Imaging? In women’s imaging, detail is of utmost importance.  When evaluating anatomy such as millimeter-sized breast lesions, or detecting uterine anomalies, utilizing the highest resolution possible makes a world of difference. Magnetic Field Strength is one of the key dynamics that contributes to production of higher quality images, thinner slice thickness and potentially earlier detection of pathology. Magnetic field strength is measured in “Tesla” units. A “Tesla” (1T) is equal to 20,000 times the pull of Earth’s magnetic field. Therefore, our 3T MRI scanner is 60,000 times stronger than the pull of Earth’s magnetic field. Relative to diagnostic imaging machines, the 3Tesla MRI scanner at Siker Medical Imaging has a magnetic field strength ten times more powerful than that of many Open Architecture MRI scanners in use today, in turn...

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