Blog - October 2017

Komen Race Wrap-Up: How Many of Us Does It Take to Change the World?

Posted on October 13, 2017 in mammography

You did it! We did it! Thousands of Kansas Citians DID IT! This past Saturday’s Komen Race for the Cure was yet again, epically wonderful. From runners in pink tutus, to the Marching Cobras, to the kazillion runners, walkers, cheerleaders, survivors, co-survivors and more… People showed up in droves to support the cause that is fighting breast cancer with Susan G. Komen of Greater Kansas City.

 

Diagnostic Imaging Centers could not have been more proud to play a part in this event. With our mobile 3D mammography coach on display (open for tours!), with our teammates sharing the good news of early detection saving lives (and how we can play a role in that), with food and fun, community and camaraderie… there is one key word binding this community and its mission: TOGETHER.

 

Together we played, together we hugged, together we cried for our losses and together we cheered for wins. Together we got silly and dressed up, together we supported one another, together we made efforts and elevated our common cause: let’s end breast cancer.

 

In the face of our daunting goal, it can be easy to feel alone. The annual Komen Race for the Cure shows us that we are many. In a crowd of thousands, in a country of millions, in a world of billions… we who care - together - will make a difference.

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

 

 

 

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Top 10 Things Your Mammography Technologist Wishes You Knew:

Posted on October 12, 2017 in mammography

1. We love our jobs - for what it means for each of our patients: a chance to find cancer at its earliest, most curable stage.

2. We don’t love the compression part - and we know it’s not your favorite thing to have done. Compression is key to separating out tissue - so important, even though not loved!

3. Part of our job description is being compassionate and understanding. If you need a little coaxing or reassurance just let us know. We are happy to work with you. Our end goal is always to get the best possible images.

4. It may feel like we are pulling your breasts off your chest, but trust us. We use extra care in getting your breasts positioned. As our radiologists like to say, “We can’t find breast cancer if the breast tissue is not on the image!” Remember: Breast implants are not an issue. We do mammograms on women with implants multiple times a day. Just let us know, as it does change how we do your test.

5. Speak up! If you have concerns, please let us know at the start. Are you unsure of something about your breast? Afraid to tell someone about a change or a lump? Now is the time for being proactive. You can be sure, there is not much about breasts we have not been questioned about!

6.Relax! We promise to take good care of you. The more relaxed you are, the easier it is for us to get you in the right position.

7. Lotions can be a problem, for more than one reason. Sometimes they have ingredients than can show up on your mammogram, and slippery breasts are terribly hard to keep in good position!

8. Deodorants are also a no-no. They have little metals in them that show up on the images. But no worries if you forgot and put it on - we have wipes to make things right!

9. Do not be alarmed if we come in and need extra views. Sometimes there is something with the image that needs repeating, like motion (which blurs the details the radiologist is looking for) or missing some breast tissue (remember, we want to get all of your tissue on those films!). Sometimes our radiologists are requesting a diagnostic study because of something on the initial images. Don’t panic! Most times these extra views show us what we need and you can go back to routine screening. See this video if you have more questions about abnormal mammograms: https://youtu.be/mqEbx2wiaIQ

10. Spread the word! Tell your friends and loved ones that you have taken a healthy step in the right direction by having your screening. Sharing your experience may be the incentive for someone else to get the screening they need.

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We're So Excited We Had to Use GIFs: Race for the Cure THIS Saturday!

Posted on October 5, 2017 in mammography

It’s that time of year again… October means breast cancer awareness!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a race for the cure:

Susan G. Komen of Greater Kansas City

2017 Race for the Cure®

Saturday, October 7, 2017


3:00pm Teams, Parking, Registration & Pick Up Opens
4:30pm 5K Timed, 5K Untimed & 1 Mile Begin
6:15pm Luminary Celebration & Survivors Parade
6:45pm Post Event Concert & Food Truck Rally

 


Black & Veatch Campus
11401 Lamar Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66211

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the race is more than just pink ribbons. We’re striving towards a cure. A cure you say?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s the dream. That hope fuels our runners (and walkers) - hopefully even you! Thousands will be there to cheer everyone on...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, did we mention food? There will be food trucks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And games for kids…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And music to groove to...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good times for everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the end you’ll feel the strength of those who fight breast cancer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because you’ll be right there with them:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To that we’ll all say thank you…

 

 

 

 

 

See you Saturday!

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