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National Prostate Awareness Month

imagesSeptember is National Prostate Cancer Awareness month and Peninsula Radiology Associates would like to encourage you to make prostate health a priority. The focus during Prostate Cancer Awareness month is education and prevention. Urologists recommend that men discuss prostate cancer with their doctors and get tested. Cancer screenings look for cancer before it causes symptoms.  Like any cancer, early detection can be life saving.

Our team of accomplished physicians at PRA have a wide range of sub-specialty, fellowship trained expertise, which allows them to provide our patients with outstanding care. Doctors recommend men get a prostate exam beginning at age 50, but if there’s a family history of cancer, they recommend getting tested at age 40.

During National Prostate Awareness Month, Healthline Networks empowers men to learn the steps they can take to protect their prostate:

  • Diet – research suggest the following foods should be included in your diet to reduce your risk factors
    • Tomatoes
    • Watermelon
    • Antioxidant known as Lycopene
    • Green Vegetables
    • Omega 3 fatty acid including fish and fish oil
    • Soybean – tofu, chickpeas, lentils
    • Replace animal fats with healthy plant based fats
  • Stop Smoking
  • Exercise regularly to reduce fat in the middle of the body
  • Talk to your doctor about prostate screenings and inform your doctor of any changes in urination or discomfort in your pelvic area.

Join PRA in recognizing National Prostate Awareness Month by taking these steps today! Make your prostate health a priority. And don’t forget to spread the word to your family and friends. Our team of board certified and fellowship trained radiologists have delivered the most comprehensive range of medical diagnostic imaging and procedures available anywhere on the Virginia Peninsula. Call Peninsula Radiology Associates today (757) 989-8830 for your medical diagnostic procedures.

What is MSK?

Radiology Services Virginia The musculoskeletal system is the network of muscles and bones within the body. Injuries, conditions like arthritis, and other growth and degeneration problems can cause pain and disorders that cannot always be immediately identified externally. It is a musculoskeletal radiologist’s job to conduct medical imaging of the problem areas to figure out what, exactly, is going on.

Musculoskeletal problems can be the result of various circumstances, ranging from work accidents and sports injuries to genetics and lifestyle choices. Some of these problems include osteoarthritis of the knee, osteoporosis of the bones, and many other joint or muscle issues.

In order to accurately diagnose and treat Musculoskeletal Conditions, Peninsula Radiology offers a full spectrum of imaging services. Our radiologist utilize CTMRI, musculoskeletal ultrasound, bone biopsies and bone mineral density studies to effectively look inside of a patient’s body. Since musculoskeletal disorders and injuries affect bones and muscles specifically, this is where these kinds of radiologists focus their attention. Thanks to these technologies and our expert staff, we are able to diagnose a wide range of disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Our Musculoskeletal Imaging Radiologists work closely with our other departments to ensure that every diagnosis is accurate and that treatment plans for musculoskeletal conditions are the most effective available.

Conditions that fall in the range of Musculoskeletal Imaging include patients with the following:

  • Patients with disorders of the spine, upper & lower extremities
  • Arthritis
  • Cancers of the soft tissues & bones

For more than 50 years, Peninsula Radiological Associates has provided quality medical imaging services. Our team of board certified and fellowship-trained radiologists have over 200 years of combined experience.  As a team we deliver the most comprehensive range of medical diagnostic imaging and interventional radiological procedures available on the Virginia Peninsula.

At Peninsula Radiology, it is our goal to always utilize the least invasive technology for diagnosis. We only advance to more complex procedures when it is necessary. Call (757) 595-6363 or go online to schedule an appointment for imaging services. For more information on this topic, please visit www.Radiologyinfo.org.

A More Personalized Approach to Mammography

Radiologist Recently, Benjamin Pettus, M.D., PhD., gave a talk on a “A More Personalized Approach to Mammography”, as part of the Riverside Group’s free lecture series, “The Doctor is In”.  Dr. Pettus, a board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologist, covered many important topics in mammography, including:

  • A radiologist’s perspective on current screening guidelines
  • An overview of personalized mammography
  • Why age alone isn’t always the most relevant screening criterion
  • What you should know about breast density
  • Why screening mammography isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure
  • The risk factors that influence why and when you need a mammogram

Dr. Pettus received his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biopathology relevant to the study and treatment of cancer, and earned his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Dr. Pettus completed his internship at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA, and his post graduate training included a Residency in Diagnostic Radiology and a Fellowship in Mammography and Breast Imaging from the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Currently, Dr. Pettus is a general diagnostic  radiologist, and a breast imaging & interventional specialist at Peninsula Radiological Associates, the sole radiological provider for the Riverside Health System

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in America. Before the onset of mammography screening, the death rate from advanced breast cancer remained unchanged for 50 years. However, since 1990, this rate has decreased by 30 percent, and recent studies suggest that mammograms may even be more effective than previously thought, reducing breast cancer mortality by more than 30 to 60 percent.