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VIVA’s Cutting Edge, Minimally Invasive Procedures Used to Control A Variety of Cancers

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April is designated as Cancer Control Month. Cancer Control focuses on reducing the number of people who get cancer, reducing complications from cancer, and decreasing the deaths due to cancer. It uses approaches that have been tested through research to control the number of cancer cases as well as the effects of cancer. Cancer control programs work to find and …

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New VIVA Accreditations & 10 Years of Innovation in Patient Care

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Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates (VIVA) has achieved two accreditations that speak to the excellence of its patient care, noted VIVA Director Jennifer Dawson. The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has accredited VIVA following an independent, external evaluation process that distinguishes this office-based surgery center from many other outpatient facilities. VIVA has also been granted an additional three-year …

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Advanced PET/CT Coming This Summer

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Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg is eagerly awaiting new PET/CT equipment that will further improve the region’s imaging capabilities for local cancer patients, said Practice Administrator Chris Snyder. The center expects to begin using the new equipment this summer. Imaging Advances will carry more information in upcoming issues.

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New Medicare Rule Requires Clinical Decision Support Proof

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According to current Medicare regulations, starting January 1, 2018, providers who order advanced outpatient imaging tests for Medicare patients must first consult with an approved clinical decision support (CDS) system or the studies will not be covered, reported Edwin Swager, CEO of Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF). As many as one-third of medical providers nationally are unaware of the upcoming …

Women’s Imaging Center Planned in North Stafford

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Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg, LLC plans to launch the Imaging Center for Women at North Stafford this summer. The new center will be adjacent to the imaging group’s Medical Imaging Center of North Stafford, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary of providing advanced imaging services to northern Stafford and southern Prince William counties. The women’s center will offer advanced breast …

New Liver Tumor Treatment Coming

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An advanced treatment for cancerous liver tumors – yttrium-90 (Y-90) radioembolization – will be introduced in the Fredericksburg area later this year. Y-90 radioembolization is a form of selective internal radiation therapy, a minimally invasive procedure that delivers radiation directly to liver tumors, said John D. Statler, MD, FSIR, of Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates (VIVA). In collaboration with Mary …

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Dr. Christopher M. Meyer Elected President of RAF

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Christopher M. Meyer, MD, has been named president of Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF). RAF physicians serve patients at Mary Washington Hospital, Stafford Hospital, Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg, LLC, RAF’s interventional radiology practice Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates, and offices in Richmond and Northern Virginia. Dr. Meyer succeeds David L. Glasser, MD, who was president for two four-year terms, the …

Online Support for ICD-10 Codes, Other Needs

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Information on ICD-10 billing code requirements for medical imaging is now available on our websites along with other helpful resources for referring physician practices. Ed Swager, CEO of Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF), noted that the grace period for specificity rules for the new ICD-10 codes expired in October and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are enforcing the …

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Stroke Prevention Services Available

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From ultrasound tests to complex vascular procedures, Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates (VIVA) provides patients with comprehensive services that assist in preventing strokes. One of the main causes of stroke is carotid artery stenosis, which is a buildup of plaque in the carotid artery in the neck supplying blood to the brain. VIVA offers screening, diagnosis, and management for this …

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When Minutes Count, Medical Imaging Tests Aid Rapid Stroke Response

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Fast medical imaging tests are critical for accurate stroke diagnosis and treatment. Armed with the results of computed tomographic (CT) scans, radiologists support medical response teams to help determine whether a patient has suffered a stroke or has another condition mimicking the symptoms. Radiologists can also detect whether the patient has significant brain bleeding and other issues affecting treatment options, …