Howard B. Schaff MD


Spinal Tumors

Spinal tumors are growths that develop on the bones and ligaments of the spine, on the spinal cord, or on nerve roots. These tumors can be noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). Malignant tumors rarely start in the spine. They are usually tumors that have spread from other parts of the body, particularly the…

Dense Breast Tissue

Dense breast tissue is made up of thick fibrous tissue and milk glands. It’s different from fatty breast tissue, but both kinds of tissue are normal. You can learn how dense your breasts are from your mammogram report. Dense breast tissue can make cancer harder to see on a mammogram. That’s because dense tissue looks…

Lung Cancer Screening: Low-Dose CT Scan

Screening tests help your doctor look for a problem before you have symptoms. Lung cancer screening is a way to find some lung cancers early, when a cure is more likely and when cancer is more treatable. If your doctor recommends lung cancer screening, you’ll have a low-dose CT scan of your chest once a year. A special…

Transrectal Ultrasound

A transrectal ultrasound is used to look at the prostate gland and other pelvic organs in men. A thin probe called a transducer is covered with a lubricated sheath similar to a condom. The transducer is then gently put into the rectum. The transducer sound waves make a picture on a TV screen (monitor).