CALGARY, May 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Marking World Digestive Health Day, EFW
Radiology officially launches their Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)
Screening Program with the University of Calgary Liver Unit today.
"We are thrilled to be sharing our resources with the Liver Unit at the
University of Calgary", says Dr. Houman Mahallati, Managing Partner at
EFW Radiology, "this program is a multi-component program, that keeps
track of all patients and makes sure they get the care they need based
on medical evidence."
"Liver cancer is one of the few cancers on the rise in North America,"
says Dr. Kelly Burak of the University of Calgary's Liver Unit,
recognized for their excellence in patient care and research, "today's
launch of the new automated HCC program will allow greater monitoring
for at-risk Calgarians."
Directly in line with EFW Radiology's patient-centered practice, family
doctors can refer their patients to the program, where they will be
seen by sub-specialized Radiologists. The imaging will take place at
EFW Radiology Clinics. Each patient will be imaged with an HCC specific
scan, and then a unique follow-up plan will be developed by Liver Unit
Doctors based on medical findings. Finally, each patient can rely on
the database system to aide in continuing care.
"This program has been tailor-made to ensure patients get regular and
accurate diagnoses, followed by customized care," said Dr. Mahallati.
"EFW's partnership with the University of Calgary Liver Unit, is
another example of our commitment to a team approach to consultative
EFW Radiology has been operating in Calgary since 1969 performing
600,000 imaging procedures, consultations, second opinions, and studies
each year. EFW is a committed community partner that supports many
local charities and organizations.
EFW Radiology and UofC Liver Unit's Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)
The Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) screening program is the first of its
kind in Calgary, AB. The collaborative effort between EFW Radiology and
the University of Calgary Liver Unit will ensure those patients who are
at-risk, the most up-to-date liver cancer screening process. This
collaboration of resources aligns with both EFW and the University of
Calgary Liver Unit's visions for excellence in patient care.
While other types of cancer are on the decline, liver cancer is one of
only a few cancers on the rise in North America. Hepatocellular
carcinoma is the most common form of liver cancer. Approximately
750,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with liver cancer annually. If
caught in its early stages, HCC is curable. For at-risk groups,
ultrasound surveillance is recommended every six months for early
detection. At-risk groups include the following:
Hepatitis B carriers (HBsAg +) who are
Asian males > 40 years old
Asian females > 50 years old
Africans > 20 years old
Patients with a family history of HCC
Hepatologists at the University of Calgary Liver Unit and EFW have
created a multi-component program that ensures patients a regular and
accurate diagnosis. Patients will be imaged by technologists who have
been specifically trained on HCC imaging protocol, followed by
sub-specialist doctors analysis of each patients images. The team will
develop follow-up plans based on each patient's unique needs, ensuring
that all cases needing greater investigation are given the highest
level of attention.
EFW will maintain a comprehensive database of those screened and those
at-risk. Each patient will receive reminders of follow-up exams and
further screening. This monitoring will allow EFW and Doctors to keep
close maintenance with each patient file.
On May 29th, 2013, World Digestive Health Day, the HCC screening program launches
citywide at all EFW locations.
SOURCE: EFW Radiology
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