March is recognized as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to highlight the importance of screening for colorectal cancer. Because colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the United States, it’s important to start screening at age 45 in order to find the warning signs and take preventative action, as well as to find and diagnose the disease in its earliest stages.
Some of the early warnings signs of colorectal cancer include:
· A change in bowel habits
· Blood in or on your stool
· Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty all the way
· Abdominal pain, aches, or cramps that don’t go away
· Weight loss without reason
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to contact your medical provider. One of the many screenings and diagnostic tests that your provider might prescribe for you includes an abdominal ultrasound. During an abdominal ultrasound, the technologist will move a transducer over the skin of your abdomen to look for tumors in your liver, gallbladder, pancreas or elsewhere that might be contributing to your symptoms.
However, patients who may experience mobility difficulties, transportation issues, disabilities, autoimmune diseases or are in an extreme amount of pain may find it difficult getting to a brick-and-mortar radiology facility. Many patients also value their privacy and may be uncomfortable sitting in a waiting room with other patients.
This is where Mas Imaging Portable Radiology can assist. With our unique service, we come to you – wherever you are – to perform the ultrasound in the comfort of your own environment. We offer a 24/7, 365 day-a-year service so appointments can be scheduled at a time that’s convenient for you. Our Services page offers information on which insurance providers we’re in network with to assist with the cost. Reports are generally available within a few hours so you get the diagnosis and treatment you need without delay.
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