B-Reader Evaluations - A Better Chance of Detecting Asbestos-Related Diseases

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Asbestos fibers enter the body with the inhalation of airborne particles and unlike some of the toxicological agents that can be metabolized and excreted, these microscopic fibers can embed themselves in tissues where they can produce inflammation and irritation. The effects of this will likely not be readily apparent as symptoms tend to only be noticeable years after the initial exposure to asbestos and may present incidentally on chest imaging.

Consequently, U.S. veterans who served on Navy ships or worked in shipyards should be on the alert for signs of asbestos-related diseases and undergo screening procedures for early detection. The importance of early and accurate diagnosis does matter in the prognosis of asbestos-related conditions and thus cannot be underestimated. Your primary care provider may refer you to a series of specialists, including a pulmonologist, radiologist and a B-Reader.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requests contributions of B-Readers to classify chest X-Rays for certain federal surveillance projects, such as the Asbestos Medical Surveillance Program and industry-sponsored medical screening programs. B-Reader evaluations and screenings are important in order to identify asbestos-related disorders as early as possible and to provide appropriate medical monitoring.

Veterans Must Make Themselves Aware of the Dangers of Asbestos Exposure and Get Screened by Medical Experts

B-Reader evaluation and screening is a simple and painless procedure that gives you greater chances of detecting asbestos-related cancer earlier. Practically, a B-Reader looks for changes or abnormalities on the chest X-ray that can indicate exposure to particles like asbestos.

"Asbestos-related disease screening consists of a postero-anterior and oblique chest X-rays. A B-Reader certified by the NIOSH to assess lung parenchymal and pleural abnormalities related to any lung disease, will examine the chest X-ray and recording certain changes or abnormalities caused by dust inhalation and fibers", says Dr. William H. Durham.

Dr. William H. Durham proved competence in applying the International Labour Office classification by excellently completing the NIOSH B-Reader examination. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has a vast experience of approximately 20 years and currently offers invaluable and informed B-Reader expertise.

Only about 300 doctors in total throughout the entire country meet the qualifications necessary to properly read this exam - chest radiography with subsequent diagnosis via the NIOSH B-Reader program. Actual X-ray cost depends on the provider and the number of views taken. On average, it costs between $200 and $400 for a B-Reader to check your chest X-rays and tell you exactly if the fibers are in your lungs, and how much damage they have done.

You can find here a listing of NIOSH Certified B-Readers. You can send your chest X-ray to them digitally for a proper evaluation.

NameStreetCityStatePhone
ROGER A ABRAHAMS 1265 PINEVIEW DR MORGANTOWN WV (304) 598-2077
DAVID RAPHAEL ABRAMOWITZ 12 STONY POINT RD CHARLESTON WV (304) 549-1414
KIM ALLYN ADCOCK 11 GOLDEN EAGLE LANE LITTLETON CO (303) 641-4585
AFZAL UDDIN AHMED 12TH STREET EXTENSION PRINCETON WV (304) 952-9538
MARK JASON AKERS 5221 US RT 60 EAST HUNTINGTON WV (304) 522-1550
MICHAEL SHEPARD ALEXANDER 699 PERKINS RD SE VALDESE NC (828) 879-2880
TIMOTHY EDWARD ALLEN 7538 SW Blue Inn Place TOPEKA KS (785) 640-4850
MICHAEL JOSEPH ALLINE 1111 MED CTR BLVD,STE N108 MARRERO LA (504) 349-1461
DANIEL ROBERT ALZHEIMER 1334 TOBOGGAN SLIDE LANE LEWISTOWN MT (307) 751-6257
SRINIVAS M AMMISETTY 668 CEDER CREEK PIKEVILLE KY (606) 422-8672
HENRY A ANDERSON III 200 LAKEWOOD BOULEVARD MADISON WI (608) 241-1227
KENNETH CHARLES ANDERSON 1 WOODLEA LANE LOUISVILLE KY (502) 897-8101
JAMES J BAEK 1701 STONEHENGE ROAD CHARLESTON WV (304) 342-3838
STEPHEN GEORGE BASHEDA 812 WHITE OAK CIRCLE PITTSBURGH PA (412) 572-6168
JAMES KEVIN BENJAMIN 13500 Benjamin Road Mt. Savage MD (301) 268-8190
RICHARD CARL BERNSTEIN 4902 CARLISLE PIKE #316 MECHANICSBURG PA (570) 814-0183
GERALD ALAN BLACK 5132 MUIRFIELD DRIVE FAYETTEVILLE NY (315) 637-5471
DONALD A BREYER 926 FAIRWAY DRIVE SONOMA CA (707) 933-8327
BRUCE CHARLES BROUDY 1225 SOUTH BROADWAY LEXINGTON KY (859) 229-0929
HAROLD DEAN CAIN 6309 SHADOW MOUNTAIN DRIVE AUSTIN TX (512) 653-2430
KENNETH JOSEPH CAVORSI 1337 Reading Blvd. Wyomissing PA (215) 620-5162
RONALD R CHERRY 304 WRIGHT ST SWEETWATER TN (865) 675-7187
JONATHAN HERO CHUNG 5841 S MARYLAND AVE CHICAGO IL (720) 235-8674
WILLIAM D CLAPP 1969 W OGDEN AVE CLINIC T RM 2815 CHICAGO IL (312) 864-2915
ROBERT ANDREW COHEN 1603 W. TAYLOR, SUITE 1068 CHICAGO IL (312) 413-5287
MARK S COLELLA 1301 CARLISLE STREET NATRONA HEIGHTS PA (724) 272-6501
PATRICK MCMILLAN CONOLEY 4527 NENANA DRIVE HOUSTON TX (713) 729-7853
JEFFREY ROBERT CRASS 917 BOBOLINK DRIVE VIRGINIA BEACH VA (757) 466-0089
COURTNEY CRIM 10912 ASHLAND MILL COURT RALEIGH NC (919) 749-8970
JAMES BRANDON CRUM 545 ZIEGLER DR PIKEVILLE KY (606) 793-7654
RAYMOND THOMAS CUMMINS 1 MEADOWOOD DR LARKSPUR CA (415) 924-5254
GEORGE LUIS DELCLOS 6550 FANNIN #2403 HOUSTON TX (713) 818-8527
David Matthew DeLonga 6513 HARBOUR POINTE DRIVE SUFFOLK VA (850) 712-6586
CRAIG ALLEN DELORD 1614 BRAXTON CIRCLE NEDERLAND TX (409) 718-0176
KATHLEEN ANN DEPONTE 935 VIRGINIA AVE NORTON VA (276) 679-2729
FREDERICK MAST DULA JR 1109 SUMTER COURT SALISBURY NC (704) 213-6955
WILLIAM HARVEY DURHAM 131 PINEHILL DRIVE HATTIESBURG MS (601) 270-0560
ORN ELIASSON 11711 FOXSPUR COURT ELLICOTT CITY MD (410) 391-0646
LESTER JOHN FAHRNER IV 4209 BRANSON ST EDINA MN (804) 615-0958
ILAN ALLAN FEINGOLD 120 GAVILAN AVENUE CORAL GABLES FL (305) 662-1550
DAVID EUGENE FINLAY 11937 US HWY 271 TYLER TX (903) 877-7108
GREGORY JOHN FINO 200 SUGARWOOD DRIVE VENETIA PA (412) 337-4297
JONATHAN HAROLD FISH 33 BONITA AVE PIEDMONT CA (510) 654-6981
JOHN RANDOLPH FOREHAND 1 CLINIC DRIVE RICHLANDS VA (276) 964-1229
KENNETH CHARLES FORTGANG 1125 BEL AIR DR HIGHLAND BEACH FL (561) 756-4610
MONIQUE ELIZABETH FOX 1 GRAY OWL RD ENGLEWOOD CO (773) 655-0961
ARNOLD C FRIEDMAN 12419 NORTH VIA TUSCANIA AVENUE CLOVIS CA (520) 247-5302
CARL R FUHRMAN 200 LOTHROP STREET PITTSBURGH PA (412) 647-7288
JOSEPH IGNATIUS GAGLIONE 1241 WOODLAND AVENUE MT PLEASANT SC (843) 881-4020
DANIEL RAPHAEL GALE 160 PAUL REVERE ROAD NEEDHAM MA (978) 937-6240
MARK ELON GALE 190 PARKER ROAD NEEDHAM MA (781) 444-5955
ANGELO KEITH GALIBER 4500 SION FARM CHRISTIANSTED VI (340) 643-3471
RAMON JULIO GARCIA 1323 S 27TH STREET SUITE 700 NEDERLAND TX (409) 729-5400
DOMINIC JOSEPH GAZIANO 3100 MACCORKLE AVE SE, STE 404 CHARLESTON WV (304) 346-1811
ANDREW J GHIO 401 PERRY CREEK DRIVE CHAPEL HILL NC (919) 408-0018
LEONARD GIBSON JR 2101 W. ARLINGTON BLVD., SUITE 210 GREENVILLE NC (252) 752-5000
ROBERT CHAPMAN GILKESON 11100 EUCLID AVE CLEVELAND OH (216) 544-7437
J DAVID GODWIN 1959 NE PACIFIC STREET, BOX 357115 SEATTLE WA (206) 543-3320
ALLAN ROBERT GOLDSTEIN 3809 Crestside Road BIRMINGHAM AL (205) 531-7912
GLENN MARK GOMES 9001 SUMMA AVENUE BATON ROUGE LA (225) 761-5271
GEORGE BENJAMIN GOODMAN 701 BROAD STREET, SUITE 401 SEWICKLEY PA (412) 749-4990
PHILIP CARY GOODMAN 112 NOTTINGHAM DRIVE CHAPEL HILL NC (919) 932-5272
JOSEPH J GOTTESMAN 36-30 37TH STREET LONG ISLAND CITY NY (212) 586-5700
TIMOTHY EUGENE GRAHAM 3206 4TH STREET LONGVIEW TX (903) 631-6484
CHARLES FREDERICK GREER 2808 ATLANTIC AVENUE SULLIVANS ISLAND SC (843) 729-4525
STEVEN E HABER 93376 KATY FWY STUIE 267 HOUSTON TX (713) 932-8664
FRANK BURNETTE HAMLETT 2614 SUNSET HILLS ESCONDIDO CA (760) 807-5785
DANIEL ANTHONY HENRY 14441 LEAFIELD DRIVE MIDLOTHIAN VA (804) 651-5475
WILLIAM THOMAS HERBICK 1086 FRANKLIN STREET JOHNSTOWN PA (814) 534-5566
BROOKS ALFRED HORSLEY 444 SOUTH MAIN STREET MADISONVILLE KY (270) 824-6624
THOMAS MCELROY JARBOE 823 EDGEWATER DRIVE LEXINGTON KY (859) 475-6061
ANDRZEJ JACEK JAWORSKI 1100 MON HEALTH MEDICAL PARK DR MORGANTOWN WV (304) 282-5171
CHRISTOPHER LEIGH JOHN 11321 INTERSTATE 30, SUITE 306 LITTLE ROCK AR (501) 407-0200
JEFFREY PAUL KANNE 600 HIGHLAND AVE MC 3252 MADISON WI (608) 265-6328
SANGITA KAPUR 234 GOODMAN STREET CINCINNATI OH (513) 558-2041
MACK ALAN KARNES W301 N3108 WINDRUSH CIRCLE PEWAUKEE WI (414) 379-7740
WILLIAM ANTHONY KENDALL PO BOX 2648 PIKEVILLE KY (606) 432-1357
DAVID GRANT KERN 37 BALD MOUNTAIN ROAD CAMDEN ME (207) 230-4211
JOHN DAVID KILGALLEN 11 SPOONDRIFT LANE CAPE ELIZABETH ME (207) 799-7105
MYUNG-SUP KIM 952 Seton Drive Cumberland MD (301) 777-3522
JORDAN A KIMBALL 1372 YALE AVENUE SALT LAKE CITY UT (385) 282-2205
HOWARD M KIPEN 1291 HICKORY DRIVE BASKING RIDGE NJ (408) 334-8617
STEPHEN VICTOR KLEIN 49 LAWRENCE DRIVE LONGMEADOW MA (413) 531-6853
MARK STUART KLEPPER 8100 OLD MCGREGOR ROAD WOODWAY TX (254) 292-9317
JOHN PAUL KNOEDLER 14 ISLAND ROAD NORTH OAKS MN (651) 481-0915
TILMAN L KOELSCH 1400 JACKSON STREET, ROOM A331 DENVER CO (303) 746-4477
JAMES DUVAL KOONCE 109 LANDS END COURT JOHNSON CITY TN (423) 444-6585
KENNETH DALE KRONE 1100 MONTEREY SAN LUIS OBISPO CA (805) 458-9040
NITIN ARUN KUMAR 4566 INDIAN ROCK TER WASHINGTON DC (202) 210-2770
RONALD S KUZO 200 FIRST STREET SW ROCHESTER MN (507) 293-4005
MICHAEL C LAHM 90 VILLAGE POINTE DRIVE POWELL OH (614) 791-1300
ROBERT FREDERIC LAUTIN 425 EAST 58TH STREET NEW YORK NY (212) 759-7680
GRACE H LEE 680 North Lake Shore Dr., Apt. 1505 Chicago IL (630) 336-4814
JOHNSEY LEE LEEF III 1120 KANAWHA BLVD EAST CHARLESTON WV (304) 543-3561
ALAN CLINT LEGASTO 311 EAST 38TH STREET APT 18 E NEW YORK NY (212) 217-2839
KENNETH LEVIN 2717 W WASHINGTON ST ALLENTOWN PA (610) 434-1078
RICHARD BARRY LEVINE 14 WITTE PLACE WEST ORANGE NJ (215) 859-0032
MICHAEL JAY LEVITON 14 FOXVIEW CIRCLE HOCKESSIN DE (302) 540-9292
JOHN PETER LIVONI 4860 Y STREET, SUITE 3100 SACRAMENTO CA (916) 734-7121
JAMES EDWARD LOCKEY PO BOX 670056 CINCINNATI OH (513) 558-0030
SCOTT BARCLAY LOVELESS 2850 FIVE OAKS LANE BIRMINGHAM AL (205) 410-9676
MARK ROBERT LUDKA 3400 N CENTER SUITE 400 SAGINAW MI (989) 799-5600
GERSHOM LUNDBERG 2421 BROADWAY PADUCAH KY (270) 442-8272
DAVID A LYNCH 1400 JACKSON STREET DENVER CO (303) 270-2810
VALERIE MACCARRONE 20 CROTON AVENUE HASTINGS ON HUDSON NY (347) 993-0088
RICKHESVAR P MAHRAJ H066 UNIVERSITY DRIVE HERSHEY PA (717) 531-7588
BRENT LEE MAINWARING 3405 COLLEGE STREET BEAUMONT TX (409) 656-6951
WILLIAM GRAY MASON 20 ROHDE AVENUE ST. AUGUSTINE FL (904) 610-4820
ROGER ALLEN MAXFIELD 51 W 51ST ST SUITE 360 NEW YORK NY (212) 326-8415
CHARLES C MCDONALD 2100 WEBSTER ST SUITE 329 SAN FRANCISCO CA (415) 749-5779
ARTHUR J MCLAUGHLIN II 4004 DUPONT CIRCLE #230 LOUISVILLE KY (502) 645-2010
CRISTOPHER ANDREW MEYER 600 HIGHLAND AVE MADISON WI (608) 265-4379
ALBERT MILLER 10 UNION SQUARE EAST, SUITE 2A NEW YORK NY (516) 659-4192
THOMAS EDWARD MILLER 108 TITLEIST DRIVE BLUEFIELD VA (276) 322-5911
ALEXANDRA LYDIA MUSCHENHEIM 166 4TH ST. E, STE 100 ST PAUL MN (651) 292-2000
VICTORINE VINING MUSE 16 HERRICK DRIVE MILTON MA (617) 724-4254
KRISTIN M NELSEN 3400 N CENTER RD, SUITE 400 SAGINAW MI (989) 753-9000
JOHN EUGENE PARKER 1249 OXFORD PLACE MORGANTOWN WV (304) 288-9515
SANDIP PATEL 4118 WEST HORATIO STREET TAMPA FL (813) 786-6436
JAY LOUIS PEARLBERG 28090 TAVISTOCK TRAIL SOUTHFIELD MI (313) 917-5875
CHARLES MCCRORY PERME 800 APPLE HILL ROAD CINCINNATI OH (513) 231-4234
H CHARLES PFAFF 222 WEST 14 STREET, APT. 7J NEW YORK NY (212) 924-1365
WILLIAM FRANK PFISTERER 1520 Peppertree Drive La Habra Hts CA (562) 818-3446
JONATHAN ALLEN PHELAN 2227 WEST 21ST STREET MINNEAPOLIS MN (316) 215-1701
DAVID PHUNG 4411 THE 25 WAY SUITE 150 ALBUQUERQUE NM (571) 309-3519
SUDHAKAR NJ PIPAVATH 1959 NE PACIFIC STREET #357115 SEATTLE WA (206) 543-3320
ALAN RAYMOND POPE 209 EAST MAPLE AVENUE MOORESTOWN NJ (856) 234-4917
DANIEL POWERS 881 ALMA REAL DRIVE, SUITE #104 LOS ANGELES CA (800) 222-6768
EDWARD FLOYD RAGSDALE 4429 FRIARWOOD DRIVE ALTON IL (618) 465-9430
MANNACHANALLUR R RAMAKRISHNAN 1745 VALLEY VIEW DR BIG STONE GAP VA (276) 973-8505
MOHAMMED IQBAL RANAVAYA 6470 MERRITTS CRK RD HUNTINGTON WV (304) 733-0095
LAXMINARAYANA CHOKKADI RAO 2088 OXFORD CIRCLE HINCKLEY OH (330) 225-6458
JAMES CROFT REED 530 S JACKSON ST LOUISVILLE KY (502) 852-5875
JOHN CALEB RICHARDS 3032 CRUSADER STREET FORT COLLINS CO (979) 218-5518
EMORY H ROBINETTE 21340 Cross Winds Drive ABINGDON VA (276) 628-1106
DAVID MICHAEL ROSENBERG 1000 AUBURN RD #110 CLEVELAND OH (216) 285-4033
JULIE LYNN RUTLEDGE 420 NORTH JAMES ROAD COLUMBUS OH (614) 388-7388
TULSI C SAWLANI 1000 WHITEHALL DRIVE CROWN POINT IN (219) 613-7199
STEPHEN IRWIN SCHABEL 905 HIGH NEST LANE CHARLESTON SC (843) 259-1864
MARK ANTHONY SCHIEFER 888 GALINDO STREET TRINIDAD CA (707) 677-2015
ALVIN J SCHONFELD 438 West St. James Place Chicago IL (773) 472-2810
DANIELLE MARIE SEAMAN 1612 BIVINS STREET DURHAM NC (216) 401-0144
SALMAN QADEER SHEIKH 101 WEST UNIVERSITY AVE CHAMPAIGN IL (217) 419-0793
RALPH TAYLOR SHIPLEY 234 GOODMAN ML 761 CINCINNATI OH (513) 584-1627
CHARLES MORGAN SIEGLER 5221 US Route 60 East HUNTINGTON WV (304) 522-1550
FRANK JOHN SIMONE 835 HOSPITAL RD INDIANA PA (724) 357-7121
JAINARAYN SINGH 212 TROON DRIVE PRINCETON KY (270) 210-8980
HENRY KYLE SMITH 145 NORTHGATE DRIVE CAMP HILL PA (717) 737-7536
ROBERT SMITH 19 BRITTANY WOODS ROAD CHARLESTON WV (304) 549-5754
AKSHAY SOOD 1 UNIV OF NEW MEXICO MSC 10 5550 ALBUQUERQUE NM (505) 272-4751
JOSEPH PATRICK SPIRNAK 5319 HOAG DRIVE SHEFFIELD VILLAGE OH (440) 930-6020
MATTHEW J STEPHENS 234 GOODMAN STREET CINCINNATI OH (303) 521-5992
EILEEN STOREY 1095 WILLOWDALE ROAD, MS HG900 MORGANTOWN WV (304) 285-6382
DIANE C STROLLO 3048 WHITE PINE DRIVE GIBSONIA PA (412) 360-3574
FRANK JOHN SUSLAVICH P.O. BOX 257 Aurora MN (218) 348-4339
JAIME SZEINUK 36 MALVERN LANE SCARSDALE NY (914) 472-4863
ROBERT J TALLAKSEN P.O. BOX 9235 MORGANTOWN WV (304) 293-3091
ROBERT D TARVER 4575 SOUTH 800 WEST NEW PALESTINE IN (317) 506-0894
BRUCE MICHAEL TOPPER 2020 PALOMINO LANE SUITE #100 LAS VEGAS NV (702) 523-0716
JEFFREY SCOTT UNGER 6225 CHAGRIN HIGHLANDS DRIVE SOLON OH (216) 978-5669
STEPHEN A WAITE 74 E 119TH STREET, APT. 2 NEW YORK NY (917) 499-0279
STEVEN YU-CHE WANG 3501 STOCKDALE HWY BAKERSFIELD CA (702) 527-8383
JUBAL ROBERT WATTS JR JT N 370 619 19TH STREET S BIRMINGHAM AL (205) 934-5345
BYRON THOMAS WESTERFIELD 1025 MONARCH ST. - SUITE 180 LEXINGTON KY (859) 219-9444
DANIEL WRIGHT WHITEHEAD 350 W COLUMBIA ST., STE. 420 EVANSVILLE IN (812) 422-3254
M DAVID WIENER 108 MILLBRAE LANE CHAPEL HILL NC (919) 270-4228
JOHN ALAN WILLIS SR 157 WHISPERING WOODS ROAD CHARLESTON WV (304) 925-0695

Veterans Diagnosed With Asbestos-Related Diseases Are Eligible for Monthly Compensation

Navy veterans and shipyard employees who worked between the 1930s and the 1970s must make their doctors aware of their asbestos exposure history during all routine visits. Veterans should monitor their health and tell their doctor if they notice the following signs:

  • shortness of breath
  • coughing
  • pain when breathing
  • appetite loss
  • weight loss

Veterans diagnosed with asbestos-related conditions are eligible to apply for disability compensation or health care as a result of illnesses caused by asbestos exposure during service. In order to be eligible, veterans must have the medical documentation for that diagnosis, including a certified interpretation of chest radiographs for asbestos-related changes.

If you were exposed to asbestos during your military service, we highly encourage you to seek the help of a B-Reader in order to assess the damage this toxic mineral might have inflicted on your lungs.

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