Category Archives: medical imaging/radiology

New option for breast cancer treatment combines surgery with radiation

Surgeons and radiation oncologists at Upstate are teaming up to provide intraoperative radiation therapy to women with early-stage breast cancer. This allows for an intensive dose of radiation to be applied during surgery in the space where the tumor is removed. … Continue reading

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Interventional radiologist loves solving problems

BY AMBER SMITH In a typical day, Mitchell Karmel, MD, may take a biopsy of a liver tumor in one patient, install a port, so another patient can receive chemotherapy, and drain an abscess from deep within the abdomen of another. … Continue reading

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A remarkable recovery: His stroke care included fast-moving, coordinated efforts by his wife, ambulance crew and specialists at Upstate

BY JIM HOWE Dave Cartner has a remarkable story to share. The patient The 50-year-old Marcellus resident had finished breakfast on Feb. 13 and was about to leave for his job as a meat supervisor for a local food chain. … Continue reading

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A new option: Technique heats the body’s water molecules to destroy cancer cells

BY AMBER SMITH Options are important when you have cancer of the liver. Vascular and interventional radiologists at Upstate now offer microwave ablation, a technique that uses heat to destroy cancer cells. The minimally invasive procedure can be an alternative to … Continue reading

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Many options: Caregiving team considers multiple factors in managing patients with lung cancer  

BY AMBER SMITH People diagnosed with lung cancer a century ago had few options. The earliest surgical techniques, in the 1930s, involved cutting open a patient’s chest and removing an entire lung. While that is sometimes still necessary today, surgeons are … Continue reading

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Ongoing battle: Vigilance helps contain a rare, aggressive thyroid cancer

BY AMBER SMITH The man was in his mid-50s in 2011 when he sought care for enlarged lymph nodes in the back of his neck. It was thyroid cancer. Surgeons in Binghamton removed his thyroid gland, and the man received … Continue reading

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The cancer-fighting TrueBeam: A precise installation for the newest technology

BY AMBER SMITH Workers in California, Switzerland, England and Canada built the precision cancer-fighting technology that occupies Upstate Radiation Oncology at the newly renovated Oneida office. Pieces of the TrueBeam Radiotherapy System are put together only after they are all delivered … Continue reading

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Precision care: Advances in radiation therapy minimize side effects

BY AMBER SMITH The first visit with the radiation oncologist is usually where patients unload their fears. In general, people may be more familiar with the negative image of radiation and somewhat unaware of its powers to help heal. So a … Continue reading

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Up Close: Breast imaging

Radiologist Amina Akhtar, MD, works from a bank of monitors to analyze mammography images at the Wellspring Breast Care Center at Upstate University Hospital’s Community campus. The center offers routine screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasound, tomosynthesis and breast magnetic resonance … Continue reading

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Advanced imaging, clot-retrieval help save stroke patients during holiday at Upstate Comprehensive Stroke Center

The Christmas feast was about to begin. Twenty-three of Judy Klein’s loved ones were gathered in her Syracuse home. Her grandson had prepared a plate for her mother, Fannie Barber, 101. Klein’s daughter was talking with the matriarch, who was … Continue reading

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