• President’s Message
     In this issue of Healthy Living, we focus on the Neuroscience Center of Excellence, exploring conditions of the spine, neck and brain in depth. Aches and pains are nothing new to most adults,... click for more
  • Barbara Sinatra and Ma...
    In April, the Junior League Sustainers of the Coachella Valley and the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower will partner to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month. On April 2,... click for more
  • Eisenhower Physician P...
    Over the past several years, Svetlana Rubakovic, MD, FACP has been invited to present new research data about melanoma genetics to the international melanoma community — namely, the 7th International... click for more
  • The Memory Assessment ...
    Since 2007, residents of the Coachella Valley who are struggling with memory changes — and the people who love them —have been offered close-to-home access to the Memory Assessment Center (MAC). The Center offers a newly revised, first-of-its-kind program for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or a related memory disorder, as well as a wealth of care and support resources tailored to their individual needs.

    The Memory Assessment Center, under the operation of Eisenhower Medical Center and located in the Uihlein Building on the Eisenhower campus, is a collaboration between Eisenhower, the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and the Alzheimer’s Association®, California Southland Chapter, that provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to evaluation, care and support. click for more
  • Eisenhower Desert Orth...
    In keeping with its longstanding tradition of community service, Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center (EDOC) is involved in numerous activities and programs that “pay it forward” to local residents.... click for more
  • A Primer On Choosing A...
    The importance of having a primary care physician cannot be overstated. A primary care physician is a doctor who helps patients maintain their overall health and well-being, as well as coordinating a patient’s care when specialists or other medical professionals are needed. Seeing patients at regular intervals and not just during times of illness, a primary care physician can also help a patient to establish and maintain healthy lifestyle goals. Family physicians, geriatricians and internists are all primary care physicians.

    Getting to know a patient over time can have a profound effect on the health of that patient — understanding a person’s family history, workplace situations and stress, age-related concerns and more. Establishing a long-term care relationship with a patient can help a primary care physician treat an acute problem or focus on a larger issue. Regular visits to one’s primary care physician may also help expedite the diagnoses and treatment of high risk factors like high cholesterol or hypertension before a serious illness has had time to develop. In short, the primary care doctor is a patient’s first line of defense for getting well and staying well. click for more
  • Breast-Imaging — Seein...
    In the world of breast imaging, dense breasts present the most difficult problems in detecting cancer. Standard mammography equipment often cannot detect cancer lesions in women with dense breast tissue. According to Eisenhower Radiologist John Cutrone, MD, Board Certified in Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology, “It’s like looking for a small cloud behind a big cloud. Some small cancers, which are typically white on a mammogram, are easily obscured by breast tissue, which is also white.” 

    Thanks to a generous donation from BIGHORN Behind a Miracle (BAM), Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center was able to purchase the most advanced, state-of-the-art dense breast imaging diagnostic tool available, and is only the second facility in California to offer this exciting new technology. The SenoBright® Contrast-Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM) from GE Healthcare is a powerful diagnostic modality — able to detect minute cancers, as well as reduce the waiting time between detection and diagnosis. click for more

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    Engineer and private pilot Neil Whelchel was just nine years old when he first experienced the rapid palpitations. “I would change my position or hold my breath and it would happen. As I got older the episodes got longer.”

    Whelchel went to doctors who ran electrocardiograms (EKG) and ultrasounds but nothing ever turned up and he was often dismissed. Rapid heart rate — supraventricular tachycardia — was something the young man learned to adapt to. He even taught himself to “reset” his heart by doing vagal maneuvers (methods used to reset or slow the heart rate). “At the time, I didn’t know that I was doing vagal maneuvers. I just was curious and aware of my body and was able to figure it out.” Whelchel would hold his breath and bear down, or press on his carotid artery to reset himself. He would sometimes use ice on his face, chest or back to put his heart back into rhythm. click for more

Breast-Imaging — Seeing Inside The Clouds

New Equipment Bridges the Gap

Dr. Cutrone and the SenoBright ® Contrast-Enhanced Spectral Mammography, the most advanced, state-of-the-art dense breast imaging diagnostic tool available.
Dr. Cutrone and the SenoBright ® Contrast-Enhanced Spectral Mammography, the most advanced, state-of-the-art dense breast imaging diagnostic tool available.
In the world of breast imaging, dense breasts present the most difficult problems in detecting cancer. Standard mammography equipment often cannot detect cancer lesions in women with dense breast tissue. According to Eisenhower Radiologist John Cutrone, MD, Board Certified in Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology, “It’s like looking for a small cloud behind a big cloud. Some small cancers, which are typically white on a mammogram, are easily obscured by breast tissue, which is also white.” 

Thanks to a generous donation from BIGHORN Behind a Miracle (BAM), Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center was able to purchase the most advanced, state-of-the-art dense breast imaging diagnostic tool available, and is only the second facility in California to offer this exciting new technology. The SenoBright® Contrast-Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM) from GE Healthcare is a powerful diagnostic modality — able to detect minute cancers, as well as reduce the waiting time between detection and diagnosis.

“This technique is approved for use in women who traditionally have troublesome mammograms,” says Dr. Cutrone. “In other words, we can use this for women with dense breasts or women where we find an abnormality that is indeterminate. By giving them a dye and reviewing a contrast-enhanced mammogram, we’ll be able to get more, and better, information and determine whether or not a biopsy is required.”

According to Dr. Cutrone, it is easy to see abnormalities using traditional mammography on women with fatty breasts. As a woman’s breast tissue becomes denser, finding cancer becomes more challenging.“

CESM is a tremendous leap forward for us in breast imaging,” notes Dr. Cutrone. “One of the most difficult aspects of diagnostic medicine is finding a small cancer in a woman with dense breasts. The size of the cancer at the time it is detected is one of the most important determinants of how well a woman will do with treatment for breast cancer — our ability to find essentially small cancers that we might not otherwise have found is a very exciting prospect for us.”

Dr. Cutrone continues, “The ability to see how breast tissue reacts when a medication that seeks out areas of high blood flow is given, bridges the gap between traditional mammography — which is purely anatomic (shows what something looks like) — and MRI, which is a functional test (shows how much blood flow the abnormality has). We know that cancerous areas take up dye due to high blood flow differently than normal or benign conditions.”

“BAM’s involvement has been extraordinary,” says Belinda Zaparinuk, RT (M), BS, CBEC, Manager, Eisenhower Schnitzer/ Novack Breast Centers. “Each year, we see more than 23,000 patients, and BAM’s generosity has touched the lives of each one. They have greatly enhanced the quality of care available in this community and we feel so blessed.”

Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Centers are located across the valley in La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs. During the past two years, each location has received brand new mammography equipment as well as state-of-the-art breast ultrasound equipment. CESM is available at the Rancho Mirage location in the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center.

Breast Center staff includes Diagnostic Radiologists Deborah Rubin, MD and John Cutrone, MD, technologists, nurses, a film librarian and clerical support.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 760-773-2038.