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What You Should Know About Contrast Dyes Used in Medical Imaging Jul 1st, 2022

Contrast agents, medical imaging contrast, and contrast materials. These are suitable names for the contrast dye that’s used in medical imaging. You may be starting to explore what contrast dyes after you’ve been referred for an X-ray with contrast or a CT scan with contrast, and you might see many of these names...

Signs You May Have an Aortic Aneurysm Jun 1st, 2022

Your aorta is your longest artery that transports oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Your aorta runs from your heart’s left chamber down through your abdomen, where it branches off. If the walls of your aorta become weakened or damaged, they can balloon out. This bulge in...

Are You Doing All You Can to Prevent Bone Loss? May 1st, 2022

Bones are living tissue that give your body structure, and while you have 206 bones, you might not pay much attention to them unless you are injured. Fractures can be the result of an accident, but bones can also grow weak from conditions like osteoporosis. The good news is that there are...

Medical Tests That Show Your Blood Flow and Why You Might Need One Apr 1st, 2022

Your circulatory system is responsible for carrying your blood throughout your entire body, delivering oxygen-rich blood to organs and tissues, and taking oxygen-poor blood back to get reoxygenated.  If your blood flow is compromised, it can contribute to unwanted complications, such as an increased risk of heart attacks, peripheral artery...

Detecting Prostate Cancer with PET Scans Mar 21st, 2022

All men are at risk of developing prostate cancer, and it affects up to 13 out of every 100 American males. Some symptoms of prostate cancer can overlap with symptoms of other conditions. Pain when urinating, pain in the back, and difficulty urinating are all symptoms of many different conditions, including prostate...

Why Are Digital X-Rays Better Than Film? Feb 1st, 2022

If you’ve been referred for an X-ray here at Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center in Houston, Texas, you might wonder if you’ll receive a digital X-ray or a traditional film-based X-ray. Our team is happy to offer the most cutting-edge diagnostic imaging, and that includes digital X-rays. Below, Dr....

Why You May Need a Bone Scan If You Have Celiac Disease Jan 1st, 2022

Celiac disease affects an estimated two million Americans and develops when your immune system reacts to gluten and damages the lining of your small intestine. As an intestinal disorder, it makes sense that celiac disease causes a plethora of GI symptoms, including diarrhea, gas, and bloating. Unfortunately, the complications of...

What a PET Scan Can Tell You Dec 1st, 2021

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a type of diagnostic imaging scan that is often included in diagnostic testing for cancer. If you or a loved one are scheduled for an upcoming PET scan at Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center in Houston, Texas, you might wonder what the scan will...

Getting Ready for Your First MRI Nov 14th, 2021

Diagnostic imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and computerized tomography (CT), are invaluable for the visual images they create. These images are used to help confirm diagnoses and monitor the progression of illnesses and the progress of treatments. We know there is a time and place...

What Are the Symptoms of a Brain Tumor? Oct 1st, 2021

If you suspect you have a brain tumor, you’ll need a neurological exam and testing to confirm a diagnosis. Imaging tests play a big role in providing images of your brain as well as any tumors. Here at Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center in Houston, Texas, Dr. Ebrahim Delpassand...

The Different Types of Nuclear Medicine Scans for Cancer Sep 7th, 2021

Nuclear medicine scans 一 also called nuclear imaging or nuclear scans 一 refer to types of medical scans that detect tumors and show where (or if) cancerous tumors have spread throughout the body.  Here at Excel Diagnostics & Nuclear Oncology Center, Dr. Ebrahim Delpassand and our expert team offer several...

What Is Radioisotope Therapy? Aug 4th, 2021

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the two most well-known cancer treatments. Just like there are many types of chemotherapy, there are many types of radiation therapy too. Internal radiotherapy is a cancer treatment in which a radioactive material is put inside your body to treat cancer. Radioisotope therapy is a...