Senology is the branch of medicine dealing with diseases of the breast. In the past senology was established as a mainly female specialty and was linked to Gynecology. Nowadays, owing to sensitization and screening programs aimed at the early diagnosis of tumors, it involves more and more specialistic branches, from endocrinology to radiology, oncology and pathological anatomy.
It is not a “specialty” acknowledged by a specific school, but in the last 20 years various educational initiatives have been undertaken to perfection and officialize this specialistic branch, especially in the oncological field.
Gynecology and Obstetrics are the two clinical specialties dealing with: a woman’s health (Gynecology), a woman’s health and that of her baby until childbirth (Obstetrics).
In our facility the following diagnostic and preventive procedures are performed:
Besides the following instrumental/diagnostic tests:
BREATH CLINIC- THORACO-PULMONARY ECHOGRAPHY
A thoraco-pulmonary echography is one of the diagnostic tests included in the procedure concerning “the study of breath”.
This diagnostic test is scheduled together with other tests and always after a lung or ENT evaluation, in cases of dyspnea that may be caused by:
A thoraco-pulmonary echography is today an important tool in the diagnosis of pulmonary diseases, and has interesting applications in evaluating a patient with respiratory symptoms and in particular with dyspnea, and in differentiating between cardiogenic and respiratory dyspnea. In these cases a pulmonary echography should be considered an extension of a heart echography, in a comprehensive ultrasound evaluation of the chest.
One must remember that a pulmonary echography can provide determinant information in clinical pictures that are not easy to interpret. In particular, in recent emergency times, it has been used for monitoring the state of:
A chest echography is in any case surely indicated in those situations where it is preferable to avoid exposure to ionizing radiations, as in pregnancy and in the pediatric age. (The data obtainable with a thoraco-pulmonary echography can avoid a patient’s exposure to ionizing radiations. Irradiation with a thoracic CT scan corresponds to that of about 400 chest X-rays, but even a simple chest X-ray may, in carriers of a vulnerable genotype as the mutation BRCA1-BRCA2, double the risk of breast cancer).
The doctor performing this diagnostic test has received specific training.