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134 Grandview Avenue
Suite 101
Waterbury CT 06708
1579 Straits Turnpike
Lower Level
Middlebury,  CT 06762
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 Our Doctors

Kenneth Allen, M.D.
Duncan Belcher, M.D.
Gerald Berg, M.D.
Stewart Berliner, M.D.
Anthony Carter, M.D.
John DeLeon, M.D.
Eric Hyson, M.D.
Andrew Lawson, M.D.
Stephen Stein, M.D.
Marco Verga, M.D.
Justin Champagne, MHS,PA-C
Daniel DeJesus, MPAS, PA-C
Ross Utter, MHS,PA-C
May 2009
    May is a busy month in the healthcare industry.  Formost in the minds at DRA is that May is Osteoporosis Prevention Month.  Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease" because it progresses slowly over time, without symptoms, until a fracture occurs.  Ask your doctor if you are at risk for osteoporosis and if it is time for you to schedule a DEXA Bone Scan.  DRA can schedule your DEXA along with your yearly mammogram for your convenience at our Waterbury office.
    May is also Older Americans Month, Mental Health Month and Bicycle Safety Month.  May contains Nurses Week (6th - 12th), Hospital Week (11th - 17th) and Nursing Home Week (11th - 17th).  So you can see that it is a big month of celebrating in the healtahcare world.  I want to give a big shout out to all the nurses in our area for all the wonderful work that they do.  I know a lot of nurses in our area and they never, never get enough credit, thanks or praise for all that they do for patients!
      Enjoy the wonderful Spring season!
Donna Johnson
Community Relations Liaison
"Busting Mammo Myths!" 
hyson "If my mammogran indicates that I should have a biopsy, I almost certainly have breast cancer." .
 Wrong! Most breast biopsies have benign results, not cancer. However, if your mammogram report indicates that you  should have a biopsy, cancer is a possibility that can't be ignored. You should follow through and get the biopsy done to be sure.
Radiologic Technologists (RT) Important Part of DRA Team 
    The radiologic technologist (RT) is the assistant to the radiologist. Since x-rays are an important tool for the diagnosis of disease, RT's are valued members of the healthcare team. Here at DRA we have a team of certified RT's with over 150 years of experience! 
    The RT program at most colleges is tough and the admissions are limited. Generally speaking it is a two year program with a clinical practice every semester.  After qualifying students study Anatomy and Physiology, Radiographic Quality, Radiographic Pathology, Physics, Diagnostic Modalities and more. At the end of their studies students are required to pass a state certification test for their license.
    Beyond the RT certification there is an additional certification to becme a mammography technologist. A  mammography certification requires an additonal 40 hours of training specifically for mammography, breast anatomy and physiology, positioning and compression, QA/QC techniques and imaging of patients with breast implants. RT's must also perform 25 mammography examinations under direct supervision of an appropriate MQSA qualified individual.  The final step is 8 hours of training on a specific mammographic modality (digital, analog, biopsy) before begining to  use that modality.
    In addition to all the training RT's must perform 200 mammographic examinations over a 24 month period and they must complete 15 Category A CEU's (Continuing Education Credits) in a 36 month period. RT's are constantly learning new modalities, procedures and keep abreast (no pun intended!) with medical updates in their field. All mammographic RT's at DRA are licensed by the state of Connecticut and certified by ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
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