Dr. Sim Hoffman-A Closer Look at Mammography

Dr. Sim Hoffman has practiced radiology his entire career and has obtained significant experience and expertise in such fields of radiology as ultrasound, general X-ray, nuclear medicine, MRI, C.T., and such special radiology procedures as Myelograms and Arthrograms.

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Another area within Dr. Sim Hoffman’s area of expertise is mammography, an aspect of medical imaging which provides physicians the opportunity to identify changes in breast tissue, as well as to locate breast cancer in its earliest stages.

Two basic types of mammograms are currently offered in the medical community. The first, known as screening mammograms, are used most often to detect signs of breast cancer in those women who aren’t experiencing any current problems or symptoms of the disease and generally involve the use of X-rays of each breast taken from two different angles.

The second type of mammogram, known as the diagnostic mammogram, is utilized if the patient is experiencing symptoms, or if a change in breast tissue is shown during the screening mammogram.

Mammograms are generally performed by a machine that takes X-rays at lower doses of radiation than what is emitted during any other routine X-ray. As Dr. Sim Hoffman knows, this small amount of radiation is needed to get the best quality images during the mammogram, so as to provide the medical professional the best opportunity to identify or eliminate the presence of abnormalities.



Dr. Sim Hoffman-What to Know About Nuclear Medicine

Dr. Sim Hoffman is a practicing Diagnostic Radiologist based in Buena Park, California. The Medical Director of the Advanced Professional Imaging Medical Group, Dr. Hoffman oversees offices in Buena Park, Huntington Park, and San Bernardino.

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Among the areas of Dr. Sim Hoffman’s expertise is Nuclear Medicine; the practice of utilizing small amounts of radioactive materials, generally called “radiotracers,” to better evaluate and diagnose certain medical conditions within the patient.

A branch of medical imaging, nuclear medicine serves as a noninvasive diagnostic tool; one which can help medical professionals not only diagnose and evaluate the severity of heart disease, many types of cancers, endocrine disorders and neurological disorders but which also often aids in the treatment process. Typically injected into the blood, swallowed or inhaled, radiotracers are able to travel to the desired area with relative ease and emit gamma-ray energy which, when detected by a specially designed camera and computer system, works to create images for the physician to examine.

Nuclear medicine’s primary advantage, As Dr. Sim Hoffman knows, is that it has the unique capability to provide a more comprehensive picture of regions of the body not possible through other imaging methods. It also offers physicians the opportunity to identify certain types of diseases in their earliest stages of development.