Sunday, December 4, 2022

South Florida’s Medical Experts 2022: Marc R. Kalis, MD

West Boca Diagnostic Imaging Center 
7070 W. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton 
561/417-7920 
westbocamedctr.com

Diagnostic Radiology 

As the lead interpreting physician at the Breast Center at West Boca Diagnostic Imaging Center, Dr. Marc Kalis offers patients a full complement of screening and diagnostic tools related to breast care and breast imaging. 

A graduate of Georgetown University Medical School, Kalis completed a five-year radiology residency and fellowship training. He chose this specialty for the ability to combine his breadth of knowledge to diagnose all of the various breast diseases, perform procedures and provide personalized patient care. 

Q. What sets your center apart from other diagnostic centers? 

A. Our comprehensive center is staffed by on-site fellowship-trained radiologists who have the additional training in breast disease and imaging techniques used for all levels of testing, from routine to high-risk screenings and diagnostic tests. With every visit, we conduct a thorough risk assessment study to evaluate the likelihood of the patient developing breast cancer. 

Q. How is that assessment done? 

A. We use advanced computer models that will tell a patient’s percentage chance of getting breast cancer in their lifetime. It’s a fairly narrow range. The average risk person is only 15%; high risk is 20%. So within tha t 5% range you can just be either average or considered high risk and then meet different screening criteria. 

Q. When should women seek your services? 

A. Cancer screening usually starts off with a mammogram at age 40. Patients that are high risk should star t earlier; 10 years earlier than the youngest family member that had breast cancer. We may start screening even earlier if the patient has known family members with gene mutations. In this case, screening may start as early as 25 years old, and genetic counseling is also recommended. 

Q. What sets your center apart from other diagnostic centers? 

A. Our comprehensive center is staffed by on-site fellowship-trained radiologists who have the additional training in breast disease and imaging techniques used for all levels of testing, from routine to high-risk screenings and diagnostic tests. With every visit, we conduct a thorough risk assessment study to evaluate the likelihood of the patient developing breast cancer. 

Q. How is that assessment done? 

A. We use advanced computer models that will tell a patient’s percentage chance of getting breast cancer in their lifetime. It’s a fairly narrow range. The average risk person is only 15%; high risk is 20%. So within tha t 5% range you can just be either average or considered high risk and then meet different screening criteria. 

Q. When should women seek your services? 

A. Cancer screening usually starts off with a mammogram at age 40. Patients that are high risk should star t earlier; 10 years earlier than the youngest family member that had breast cancer. We may start screening even earlier if the patient has known family members with gene mutations. In this case, screening may start as early as 25 years old, and genetic counseling is also recommended. 

This post is part of the South Florida Medical Experts special advertising section from the September/October 2022 issue of Boca magazine. For more like this, click here to subscribe.

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