4th of July Holiday Hours

In celebration of Independence Day, Southtowns Radiology will be closed Saturday, July 2nd and Monday, July 4th. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

3D Mammography at Southtowns Radiology

Hologic 3D Mammography at Southtowns Radiology Significantly Increases Cancer Detection

July 17, 2015

Southtowns Radiology is excited to offer Hologic Genius 3D Mammography for breast cancer screening.  3D mammography produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

In the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a groundbreaking study was published that found Hologic’s 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) screening technology significantly increased cancer detection while simultaneously reducing the number of false positives.

The study, “Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography”,  that reviewed close to half a million mammography exams, was led by Sarah M. Friedewald, MD of the Caldwell Breast Center, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.1 The researchers found that 3D mammography finds significantly more invasive or lethal cancers than a traditional mammogram. According to the study’s results, 3D mammography also reduces the number of women called back for unnecessary screenings due to false alarms.  That reduces anxiety, as well as health care costs.

Significant findings include:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers. (p<.001)
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers. (p<.001)
  • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging. (p<.001)
  • A 49% increase in Positive Predictive Value (PPV) for a recall. (p<.001)
  • A 21% increase in PPV for biopsy. (p<.001)
  • No significant change in the detection of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

This study, using Hologic 3D mammography systems, involved 13 U.S. breast screening sites and 139 radiologists.

The center’s Selenia® Dimensions® 3D mammography system is made by Hologic, a world leader in digital mammography. The Selenia Dimensions system offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and the ground-breaking Hologic Genius 3D Mammography platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance for all breast types. 2

We believe Hologic Genius 3D Mammography will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer.

The Hologic Genius 3D mammography screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During a 3D mammography exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles.  These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

By offering women the latest and more accurate3 technology in mammography, Southtowns Radiology expects to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival.  If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. 4

Southtowns Radiology is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering Hologic 3D mammography, Southtowns Radiology provides the latest in imaging technology. If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact our office at 716-649-9000 or visit our Mammography page for more information.

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1  Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, Durand MA, Plecha DM, Greenberg JS, Hayes MK, Copit DS, Carlson KL, Cink TM, Barke LD, Greer LN, Miller DP, Conant EF,  Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography, JAMA June 25, 2014.

2 Rafferty E, Park J, Philpotts L, et al. “Assessing Radiologist Performance Using Combined Digital Mammography and Breast Tomosynthesis Compared with Digital Mammography Alone: Results of a Multicenter, Multireader Trial.” Radiology. 2013 Jan; 266(1):104-13. Epub 2012 Nov 20.

3 Zuley M, Bandos A, Ganott M, et al.  “Digital Breast Tomosynthesis versus Supplemental Diagnostic Mammographic Views for Evaluation of Noncalcified Breast Lesions.”  Radiology. 2013 Jan; 266(1):89-95. Epub 2012 Nov 9.

4  Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011, American Cancer Society.

 

 

Free Varicose Veins Screening Clinic in March

Free Varicose Veins Screening Clinic

Southtowns Radiology will host a free screening clinic for varicose veins.  Meet Dr. Alberto Benedicto and Dr. Joseph Rusnak, our interventional radiologist who specialize in venous insufficiency.  The appointment includes a screening ultrasound to determine the best treatment options for you.  Space is limited and first come, first serve.  Call us today for your appointment or visit Buffalo Vein Treatment for more information.

Call 649-9000 ext. 206

Sat. March 21, 2015 in Hamburg, 8am-12pm

Sat. March 28, 2015 in Orchard Park, 8am-12pm

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SRA raises $4,500 to benefit breast cancer research

SRA raises $4,500 to benefit breast cancer research

Buffalo, N.Y. – The collective efforts of the Southtowns Radiology team raised over $4,500 for the American Cancer Society to benefit breast cancer research and care.  The efforts culminated with the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 18, 2014 in Niagara Square where SRA gave out 2,000 of our ever-popular pink gloves.

The staff raised money over the previous weeks with a very successful raffle, bake sales and office jeans days.  Among the great prizes for our lucky winners was an iPad Mini, Bills vs. Jets football tickets, a fire pit and many wonderful baskets.

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Celebrating the retirement of Dr. Oscar J. Llugany

Southtowns Radiology celebrates the retirement of Oscar J. Llugany, M.D.

June 25, 2014 – Southtowns Radiology Associates celebrated the retirement of Oscar J. Llugany M.D., who ended his tenure with the group after over four decades of medical practice in Buffalo.

Dr. Llugany began his careDSC_1223mdser in radiology in 1972 after completing his medical degree at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Facultad de Medicina in Argentina.  He joined Southtowns Radiology in 1977 and was instrumental in building the company to its current standing as one of the largest radiology practices in Western New York.

Dr. Llugany was a familiar face to the many who worked and interacted with him at OLV and the Catholic Health System over the years.  His reputation as a kindhearted and supportive colleague was second only to his skill as a physician.

After many wonderful years, the entire team at Southtowns Radiology wishes Dr. Llugany the best in his future endeavors and a joyful retirement.

 

 

For BCBS Align Optimum Choice customers

Southtowns Radiology is an approved facility for those with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Align Optimum Choice insurance plan.  If you have this plan you may continue to use SRA for your mammography, bone density, ultrasound or any other imaging you and your family may need.  For more information about SRA and your insurance, please call our office any of our three locations.

649-9000  Hamburg

558-5400 Orchard Park

558-5140 West Seneca

SRA takes top spot on Business First list of diagnostic imaging centers

SRA take top spot on Business First list of diagnostic imaging centers

Buffalo, N.Y. – Business First has ranked Southtowns Radiology first on its annual list of WNY diagnostic imaging centers.  The list, released on Nov. 29, 2013, is compiled based on patients seen in 2012.

It is the second year that SRA received the top spot.  “We are very pleased to accept this designation,” said Dr. Gerald Joyce, president.  “It recognizes the hard work and compassionate patient care that our doctors and staff do every day.”

Southtowns Radiology has three locations in Hamburg, Orchard Park and West Seneca.  Additionally, it provides professional reading services for the Catholic Health System in four area hospitals – Mercy Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital, Sisters St. Joseph Campus and Kenmore Mercy Hospital – as well as in several outpatient facilities.

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iDose and O-MAR increase CT image quality, reduce radiation

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Southtowns Radiology is pleased to offer Phillips CT technology with iDose and O-MAR to improve image quality while reducing radiation dosage for scans.  Artifacts from large metal objects such as orthopedic implants can be problematic in imaging. These artifacts typically result in loss of anatomical information, impeding visualization of tissue and critical structures. That is why Southtowns Radiology is offering the Phillips iDose4 Premium Package. iDose4, Phillips’ 4th-generation iterative reconstruction technique improves image quality through artifact prevention and increased spatial resolution. O-MAR reduces artifacts caused by large orthopedic implants.  All of this is achieved while still reducing the radiation dosage up to 50%. 

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Before and after examples of Phillips O-MAR technology reducing artifact for clearer images.

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Southtowns Radiology Expands with Two New Radiologists

Southtowns Radiology Expands with Two New Radiologists

This summer Southtowns Radiology announced the addition of two new doctors to its diagnostic imaging, multi-specialty
practice: Drs. Aaron M. Powell, M.D. and Travis A. Mastroianni, D.O., both board certified in Radiology.

“Southtowns Radiology has always made the patient experience a priority when treating families across Western New York. We are excited to add Dr. Powell and Dr. Mastroianni to our talented team of physicians, who not only share our commitment to providing compassionate and superior care, but bring a diverse skill set to our practice.”
– Dr. Mary Turkiewicz,
President of Southtowns Radiology

Aaron M. Powell, M.D. is a graduate of the State University of New York Upstate College of Medicine in Syracuse, N.Y. His post-graduate training included a residency at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, P.A., where he served on the Grassroots committee of the American College of Radiology. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Powell, an Amherst, N.Y., native, received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, cum laude, at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Travis A. Mastroianni, D.O. is a graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Psi Sigma Alpha. The Youngstown, N.Y., native completed his internship and radiology residency at Botsford Hospital, an affiliate of the Statewide Campus System of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he served as chief resident. His postdoctoral training includes a Cross-Sectional Imaging Fellowship at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Prior to attending medical school, he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management from Clarkson University.

Talk of the Towns

  • – In June, Dr. Gerald Joyce earned his certificate of advanced proficiency in cardiac computed tomography. This honor is awarded to select physicians who meet the requisite qualifications to interpret cardiac CT images.
  • –– Southtowns Radiology is committed to promoting the early detection of breast cancer among Western New York women.
    Our recent outreach initiatives include:

    • – Partnered with Cancer Services Program (CSP) to offer free mammograms and clinical breast exams to uninsured
      women for the second consecutive year.
    • – Dr. Claudia Fosket was featured on Channel 2’s The Healthy Zone. She discussed the importance of annual mammograms and guidelines for women.
    • – Our Mammograms & Manicures Party was profiled on Channel 7’s AM Buffalo; the popular offering features a
      screening mammogram followed by a manicure at Blu Spa & Salon.

VASCULAR & INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY- Vein problems are common. But they’re also treatable.

VASCULAR & INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY- Vein problems are common. But they’re also treatable.

– Joseph G. Rusnak, M.D.

Varicose vein disease is a health issue which affects 20-25% of women and 10-15% of men. The problematic veins range in size from small, unsightly spider veins to those well over one centimeter in size.

The underlying problem is the loss of competency of the valves within the veins. If the valves are not functioning properly, blood pools in the veins rather than returning to the heart. Over time, the veins distend because of the chronic pressure, resulting in varicosities.

A genetic predisposition is the most common cause of varicose veins. Pregnancy is also a contributing factor. Less common causes include obesity and trauma.

Some patients don’t have any symptoms. Others may experience painful effects, such as swelling, itching, or an overall tired and heavy feeling in the leg. There can be a discoloration of the skin, especially adjacent to the medial ankle. Skin ulcers may develop when long-term varicose vein disease occurs.

Elevation of the leg, weight loss and exercise can help relieve the symptoms. Prolonged standing may make the symptoms worse. Compression stockings can provide some relief by preventing the varicosities from distending because of too much blood.

Medical intervention is often recommended for the treatment of varicose veins. This starts with a thorough physical exam of the leg and an ultrasound of the affected veins. The ultrasound is a critical component as it provides an image of the greater saphenous and lesser saphenous veins, which are deep within the leg muscle. The radiologist evaluates the health of these veins and the connecting veins between them.

Treatment options include sclerotherapy, laser ablation or radio frequency ablation. Sclerotherapy is an injection of medication into a vein, causing the vein to scar down and disappear. It is typically used on smaller veins like spider veins. Ablations are used for treatment of varicose veins caused by problems with one of the saphenous veins. They are performed under local anesthetic and a small puncture is made into the vein. Real time ultrasound is used for guidance.

Energy is converted to heat, which injures the vein wall causing it to collapse. The body sends cells to fix the injury and in the process gets rid of the vein. The patient does not feel the heat. There may be some short-term bruising or discomfort after the procedure.

Mild pain is alleviated by over-the-counter analgesics. The patient is instructed to wear compression stockings for two weeks after the ablation. Normal activity and work can resume immediately. Vigorous exercise should be delayed for one week.

Southtowns Radiology has been treating varicose vein disease for six years, bringing relief to thousands of patients. A referral from a primary care physician will start the process for treatment of this unsightly and often painful disease.