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Meet Dr. Swapnil Bagade

Swapnil Bagade

Radiology Associates of Hartford is excited to welcome Dr. Swapnil Bagade as a staff radiologist. Dr. Bagade graduated from Somaiya Medical College in Mumbai, India. He then completed a radiology residency at Tata Memorial Hospital and a registry radiology residency at Somaiya Hospital in Mumbai. In 2010, he came to the U.S. for an abdominal imaging fellowship program at Emory University in Atlanta. After completing that fellowship program, he moved to Saint Louis where he completed both pediatric radiology and nuclear imaging fellowships at Washington University.

Dr. Bagade’s areas of expertise include pediatric imaging, nuclear imaging and brain imaging. He also co-authored a chapter on pediatric abdominal imaging for Roger’s Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care.

Welcome to the team, Dr. Bagade!

Meet Dr. Michelle Romero

Michelle J. Romero, M.D., M.A.

Radiology Associates of Hartford is excited to welcome Dr. Michelle Romero as a new staff radiologist. Dr. Romero graduated from Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School, she then interned at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, before completing her residency in radiology at Rutgers University and a breast and body imaging fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Dr. Romero’s areas of expertise include breast imaging and minimally invasive breast procedures, CT, MRI and ultrasound body imaging. She also specializes in minimally invasive biopsy procedures including MRI-guided biopsies, Ultrasound-guided biopsies and Ultrasound-guided thyroid biopsies. She has also taught courses in women’s imaging at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Welcome to the team, Dr. Romero!

Radiology Associates of Hartford Celebrates Women’s Health by Holding a Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Screening Brunch

Enfield, Conn., May 1, 2015 — In honor of Mother’s Day, Radiology Associates of Hartford (RAH) is having a breast cancer screening brunch to help support the important women in everyone’s lives. Connecticut still has the unlucky distinction of having the second highest incidence of breast cancer in the U.S. As with any cancer, early detection is key. Regular yearly screening mammograms are the best tool for catching breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage. This event aims to make getting a mammogram more accessible by offering weekend appointments from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at RAH’s Enfield clinic – located at 9 Cranbrook Boulevard in Suite 102.

This event also makes the yearly health chore of getting a screening mammogram into a celebration of women’s health. In addition to offering state-of-the-art mammograms, RAH will be offering free made-to-order omelettes, mimosas, manicures, mini makeovers, professional bra fittings, blood pressure checks and goodie bags.

“Most women list a lack of time and anxiety about the results as the top reasons they skip their annual mammogram,” said Robert Perez, M.D. radiologist and breast imaging specialist at RAH. “Our hope is that by making getting a mammogram into a celebration more women will be inspired to be proactive about their health.”

Because of the number of women who attend, pre-registration is recommended for the event and can be made by calling 860-714-2724. For more information about the Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Screening Brunch or services available at RAH, visit www.rahxray.com or call 860-714-2724.

Lung CT scan use expected to swell

Modern Healthcare By Jaimy Lee

January 3, 2015 – Three years ago, Gordon Green, then 55, rejected his primary-care doctor’s suggestion that he get screened for lung cancer.

But Green’s history of smoking a pack a day for 30 years and his doctor’s insistence changed his mind. And when his low-dose CT scan (LDCT) identified an early stage tumor in his left lung, Green underwent surgery at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, a teaching affiliate of the Tufts University School of Medicine, Burlington, Mass. He has been cancer-free since. “It wasn’t so long ago that lung cancer was a death sentence,” he said.

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Diagnostic Imaging Magazine Spotlight – Worth the Cost? Weighing Radiology Society Membership

Spotlight on Radiology Associates of Hartford’s Dr. Posteraro in Diagnostic Imaging Magazine.

November 6, 2014 – After finishing his radiology residency in 2004, Anthony Posteraro, MD, joined several major societies – ACR, RSNA, ARRS, and a few others. Membership dues were steep, but as a resident, he got a much-appreciated discount.

Now a diagnostic radiologist in private practice at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT, Posteraro said he believes society membership is more critical these days than ever due to the healthcare overhaul and medicine moving from a fragmented to more unified system.

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Running For Samantha, Why I Support the ‘Mammothon’ and the Race for the Cure

George Stohr, D.O.

By Dr. Stohr

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The American Cancer Society estimates one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. In Connecticut this number is even higher. We have the second highest incidence rate of breast cancer in the nation.

As an interventional radiologist at Radiology Associates of Hartford I am at the frontlines of medicine and diagnostic technology. But it isn’t my job that pushes my support of early screening and awareness. It was my wife.

Samantha was one of the kindest, most compassionate and caring people I have ever known. She was an amazing wife, mother and sister. She lost her battle with breast cancer in October 2010 at only 39 years old.

Samantha fought a tough battle and was a warrior until the end. There is not a day I don’t miss her. But we honor her memory each year at the Komen Connecticut Race for the Cure. Our group, “Team Samantha,” participated last year in Hartford and contributed $8,400 to fund breast cancer research — a cause I am proud to put my wife’s name and legacy behind.

As a single father and male team leader I noticed there weren’t any other men at the Race for the Cure planning meetings besides me. I realized that my taking part in the race wasn’t just about fundraising and honoring Samantha. It was also about helping men affected by this disease feel like they weren’t invisible.

In addition to participating in the Hartford Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 1 at Bushnell Park, my colleagues at Radiology Associates of Hartford will host the second annual Mammothon. It’s 26.2 continuous hours of screening mammograms at our Glastonbury office. And for every person who comes with their race bib RAH will make a donation to the local Komen affiliate.

Last year’s Mammothon helped more than 60 women get their annual exam. Two of the women screened at the 2012 Mammothon were diagnosed with breast cancer. Both are now successfully undergoing treatment for the disease.

Regular mammograms can reduce breast cancer deaths by more than 30 percent, yet nearly one third of eligible women don’t get regular screenings. The great thing about the Mammothon is that with extended hours there is no excuse not to get one. It runs from 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 to 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, June 2. More details are on our website: www.rahxray.com.

If the good that comes from my wife’s early passing is to inspire other women to get regular mammograms, then I am happy to help lead the charge.

George M. Stohr, D.O.
Radiology Associates of Hartford, P.C.
Avon, Enfield and Glastonbury

Dr. Stohr is leader of “Team Samantha” — named for his late wife — in the Connecticut Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. He is a board-certified interventional and diagnostic radiologist with Radiology Associates of Hartford, a partnership between the region’s leading radiologists and Saint Francis Hospital. RAH provides comprehensive outpatient diagnostic and interventional radiology services to the Enfield, Glastonbury, and Avon communities. Dr. Stohr is also on staff at Saint Francis Hospital. Call RAH at 860-714-2724 or visit www.rahxray.com for more information. Find RAH on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rahxray and broadcasting at www.youtube.com/user/rahxray.