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How Diagnostic Imaging Can Save Lives

Optima Diagnostic Imaging offers a vast array of imaging services, including scans useful for screening and prevention of cancer. These screenings can diagnose and even help prevent many types of cancer--which can save lives. Please see some abstracts from recently published articles below, discussing the importance and dramatic impact of just some of the screening services offered at our center.

Research Points to Alzheimer's Early Toll

By Shirley S. Wang, The Wall Street Journal, August 5, 2011

Abstracted article: Some scientists now believe that by the time memory problems become obvious, the disease is so advanced it may be too late for treatments to do much to slow down or reverse its course.

"If your therapeutic intervention is targeting the very front end of [the disease process], it makes sense," said Clifford Jack, a radiology professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who studies Alzheimer's disease-related brain-imaging techniques. "But imagine you're enrolling people in the clinical trials at the very end of the disease. It's just too late."

"Earlier intervention will allow us to treat patients when they have much less disability and when it could still be possible to prevent or delay such [memory] losses," said Howard Feldman, Bristol-Myers Squibb's vice president of global clinical research for neuroscience.

"The growing evidence from biomarkers has led to a greater acceptance in the field of looking towards earlier treatment," said Rachel Schindler, Pfizer's executive director for Alzheimer's disease.

CT Scans for Smokers Could Lower Lung Cancer Deaths by 20 Percent

By Courtney Hutchinson, ABC News Medical Unit, June 29, 2011

Abstracted Article: Using CT scans to screen current and former smokers for lung cancer cuts the risk of death from the disease by 20 percent, according to a new study by the National Cancer Institute published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

If all current or former heavy smokers over 55 were screened, there could be as much as a 20 percent reduction in the number of people dying from lung cancer, according to the results of the NLST, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. These study results, first hinted at in a preliminary report released last November, offer the first solid evidence that screening high-risk patients using CT scans could reduce lung cancer deaths -- a finding that has at least 20 of the nation's major medical centers setting up CT lung screening programs of their own.

If caught earlier, 60 percent to 90 percent of lung cancers are curable, he says, making "a tool to diagnose lung cancer earlier... a tremendous opportunity."

"Knowledge is power. Good, bad, or indifferent, the sooner I know the results, the better," said William Kennedy, a former smoker who jumped at the chance of getting screened when presented with the opportunity.

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