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Interviews with Dr. Larson

  • From Lourdes Regional Cancer Center

    What is a diagnostic mammogram?

    A diagnostic mammogram is used for problem solving. For example, a diagnostic mammogram would be performed if a lump is found in the breast, or if there are other signs suspicious for breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram might also be used to follow a particular finding over time. Diagnostic mammograms are tailored to each patient’s case and are monitored by a board certified radiologist who interprets the images and determines whether further testing is needed.

  • From Broome Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C.

    Do you offer midwifery care for your obstetrical patients?

    Yes, Broome OB/GYN has had nurse midwives as part of our practice for more than 20 years. Our Certified Nurse Midwives have a masters degree in nurse midwifery and are nationally certified and licensed through New York State. They have full admitting privileges at both Lourdes and Wilson Hospitals. Midwives are trained to provide both obstretrical and gynecological care throughout a woman's life. Midwives strive to develp individualized care and value the woman as a partner in her health care. For more information on midwives go to www.midwife.org, the official website for the American College of Nurse Midwives.

  • From Guthrie Cardiovascular Center

    What is an angioplasty, stent or coronary intervention?

    After a diagnostic angiogram is performed, there are several possibilities. If there are no or mild blockages, medical therapy is advised and the procedure is complete. If there are numerous blockages, a blockage in unfavorable locations, or abnormal heart valves, a heart operation (bypass surgery or valve surgery) is advised. If there are blockages which are amenable to angioplasty then that procedure is usually performed immediately after the diagnostic angiogram. Angioplasty is a procedure where a catheter with a small balloon at the tip is inserted at the site of a blockage. The balloon is properly sized and then inflated to open the blocked artery. The balloon catheter is then removed from the body. This procedure is rarely performed by itself in 2005 due to an increased chance of a recurrence (restenosis) 3-6 months after the procedure. New metal devices called stents are utilized in over 90% of intervention procedures. The newest generation of stents which are permanently implanted metal coils coated with medications which inhibit restenosis are used in a majority of cases. The chance of a regrowth of the blockage after a medication coated stent is placed is under 5%. An intervention procedure usually requires at least a one night stay in the hospital.

  • From Roberts Eyecare

    What is the difference between an Optometrist, Ophthalmologist and Optician?

    An Optician is involved in the fitting and making of eyeglasses. Optometrists and Ophthalmologists are both eye doctors who diagnose and treat various vision conditions and eye diseases. The main difference between an Optometrist and Ophthalmologist is that an Ophthalmologist is also trained to do eye surgery.

  • From Roberts Eyecare

    What is Astigmatism? How is Astigmatism corrected?

    Astigmatism is a refractive error usually associated with an irregularly shaped cornea. A spherical cornea creates a single focal point while an astigmatic, irregularly shaped cornea creates more than one point of focus. As a result the image that is formed on the retina of the eye is blurred. Glasses, contact lenses and refractive surgery may all be used to correct Astigmatism.