The Buffalo MRI Difference
Our 13,000 sq ft facility is nothing short of world class. From our state-of-the-art imaging equipment to the relaxed, spa-like atmosphere, your experience will be unlike any other. We take pride in taking care of you, and it shows with the personal attention we give to every patient. Providing you with your own personal, comfortable quiet room puts you at ease prior to your study - just one of the many ways you will see our attention to detail.
Having met the highest standards of care in radiology, our facility has been honored with Accreditation from the American College of Radiology. Buffalo MRI offers Board Certified Radiologists, Certified Technologists, and the finest imaging technology in the world.
We go the extra mile for you, because we want your choice to be clear: Buffalo MRI.
Our Mission Statement
Always exceed the expectations of our patients, referring doctors and associates by providing the highest standard of diagnostic imaging services in a compassionate, caring environment.
The Importance of Cardiac Calcium Scoring
In the February, 2011 Prevention Magazine:
“ 'Calcium Scoring is the number one best prediction of a future heart attack’, Dr Agatston says. Calcified plaque, a major warning sign of coronary artery diease, is the leading cause of heart attacks- shows up at least 10 years before a heart attack or stroke hits. By catching the problem early, you can treat it before the buildup narrows arteries so severely that it triggers a heart attack.”
Buffalo MRI has offered patients calcium scoring for years and we are well versed in the technology. It is a fairly priced, private pay CT study which only requires a script from your physician. It is a 10 minute scan which could save a life and avoid a number of future heart and health complications.
The New York Times
Medicare Proposes Paying for Lung Cancer Screenings for Older Longtime Smokers
By SABRINA TAVERNISENOV. 10, 2014
WASHINGTON — Medicare will cover annual screenings for lung cancer for older Americans with long histories of heavy smoking, the federal government said Monday in a proposal that would cover an estimated four million people, many of whom are at greatest risk for the disease.
Monday’s draft decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would extend coverage for CT scans to Medicare beneficiaries who smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or the equivalent, even if they quit as long as 15 years ago. Scans would cost recipients nothing; the coverage would apply to beneficiaries through age 74.
The proposal follows a more sweeping recommendation last year by an influential government health panel that such smokers ages 55 to 80 get annual screenings, a policy shift that experts said had the potential to save 20,000 lives a year. That recommendation focused on current and former smokers at highest risk, a population of about 10 million Americans.
Under the Affordable Care Act, private insurers must cover such screenings. But the law was silent on whether Medicare had to do so. Monday’s proposal made it clear that high-risk Medicare recipients would be included.
The proposal is open for public comment for 30 days and would not become final until February. But such draft decisions are rarely reversed, and public health experts, who largely welcomed the ruling, said they did not expect the main elements to change much.
“This is important validation, and it ends the debate,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, president of the Lung Cancer Alliance, an advocacy group. “Screening saves lives. The public needs to know that.”
Medicare is government health insurance for Americans age 65 and over, but some people under 65 qualify. The new proposal includes about 480,000 beneficiaries ages 55 to 64 who qualify for Medicare because of certain disabilities, Ms. Ambrose said.
Lung cancer claims about 160,000 lives a year — more than a quarter of all cancer deaths and greater than the toll from colorectal, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers combined. Nearly 90 percent of patients with lung cancer die from it, in part because it is often discovered too late.
CT scans can detect much smaller tumors than a chest X-ray, the traditional screening technique, which seldom catches the cancer early enough for surgery to be effective. In 2010, a large clinical trial found that CT scans could reduce mortality by 16 percent among patients at the highest risk of lung cancer.
The average annual cost of CT lung cancer screening in Medicare is estimated to be $241 per person screened, according to an analysis published this summer in American Health and Drug Benefits.