June 6, 2013

New California State Law Regarding Dense Breast Tissue

New California State Law Regarding Dense Breast Tissue

A new California State Law (Senate Bill 1538) requires that lay summaries about a woman’s breast density be sent in addition to the letter she already receives from the radiologist after every mammogram. Thus, on April 1, 2013, in compliance with the new California state law, we began sending the following information to patients with heterogeneously or extremely dense breast tissue:

“Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to evaluate the results of your mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

This information about the results of your mammogram is given to you to raise you awareness and to inform your conversation with your doctor. Together, you can decide which screening options are right for you. A report of your results was sent to your physician.”

Imaging Healthcare Specialists realizes that receipt of this information may raise patient anxiety and result in more inquiries to you. Our radiologists strongly support evidence-based medical decision-making and have resources to help guide patients and their clinical providers to determine if any supplemental screening is recommended.

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October 28, 2011

Imaging Healtcare Specialists Breast Cancer Awareness featured on San Diego CW 6 News

Imaging Healthcare Specialists’s Dr. Tena was featured on San Diego CW 6 News this month to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. Watch the video below, or on the CW 6 site at

October 14, 2011

Commitment to Low-Dose CT Scans Help Ensure Patient Safety

Computed Tomography (CT) scanning, and related medical technologies, are towering milestones that have revolutionized the medical profession. Approximately 70 million CT scans are performed each year in the United States. This means that about one in five adults receive a CT scan annually. The scans, which utilize X-rays, result in cross-sectional images of the body which are successfully used to evaluate conditions of the sinus, chest, abdomen, pelvis, central nervous system, and musculoskeletal system. They have eliminated millions of exploratory surgeries and have allowed physicians to make critical diagnoses. CT imaging has become an indispensible tool in the practice of medicine.

“The radiologists and technologists at Imaging Healthcare Specialists have modified existing CT exam protocols to dramatically reduce radiation dose based on a patient’s size, weight and age,” said John O. Johnson, M.D., Chief of CT Imaging at Imaging Healthcare Specialists. “Our low dose initiatives have reduced radiation exposure by as much as 90% in select patients. We are proud to be a leader in lowering radiation dose for our patients while maintaining imaging quality for our referring physicians.”

The increased use of CT scans nationwide has resulted in an unavoidable increase in cumulative radiation exposure to patients. With the rise in radiation exposure, there is a theoretical increased risk of radiation-induced cancers. “The natural lifetime cancer risk is 40%,” said Dr. Johnson. “Imaging Healthcare Specialists’ commitment to optimizing our CT protocols ensures that our patients receive the least amount of radiation exposure without compromising image quality, thereby reducing cancer risk.”

Imaging Healthcare Specialists has 11 offices throughout San Diego and south Riverside County, including Temecula, Oceanside, Encinitas, Poway, La Jolla, Chula Vista and San Diego.

October 1, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Imaging Healthcare Specialists is proud to partner with Susan G. Komen and the women of San Diego County for the fight against breast cancer. In recognition of this important initiative, Imaging Healthcare Specialists would like to encourage all women over the age of 40 to schedule their annual mammogram.

Here are a few facts to help you Know Your Curves:

  • Mammograms detect 2-3 times as many early breast cancers as physical exams
  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime
  • ¾ of women diagnosed have no family history of breast cancer or other factors that put them at high risk
  • The American Cancer Society continues to recommend annual screening using mammography and clinical breast exams for all women beginning at age 40
  • Early detection saves lives

Schedule you annual mammogram today at 866.558.4320 – it could be all the warning you need to save a lifetime of rewards.

September 30, 2011

Imaging Healthcare Specialists Joins Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® November 6th

Imaging Healthcare Specialists (IHS) is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2011 Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure® on Sunday, November 6th at Balboa Park. As part of our commitment to women’s health, IHS has created the Imaging Healthcare Specialists Team. All participants will receive a team t-shirt, fun swag, and be able to participate in pre-and post-walk festivities. For more information, log on to