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Why Doctors Order MRI Scans for Brain Injuries (Concussions, Migraines, TBIs)

Why Doctors Order MRI Scans for Brain Injuries (Concussions, Migraines, TBIs)

by Stephanie Meadows
If you have ever heard of or seen a person who has experienced a concussion, you may have heard it referred to as simply a bruise to the brain. Or, maybe after you have been hit in the head, and were told that you are fine, or to just walk it off. However, receiving a blow to the head can be both scary and dangerous. Although short-term symptoms do not always show right away or may subside rather quickly, that doesn’t mean that later on down-the-road the effects of a concussion or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) won’t be long-term. In fact, symptoms and effects from head injuries can last for years afterwards.

The Difference Between Digital Mammography and Film Mammography

The Difference Between Digital Mammography and Film Mammography

by Stephanie Meadows
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, and the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. In fact, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast examinations and screenings are an important way for women to participate in their healthcare for the detection of breast cancer. Forty percent of breast cancer cases are first detected when the woman feels a lump in her breast, according to Johns Hopkins Medical Center. If you feel a lump, it is crucial that you go to the doctor to get a mammogram to get checked out.

The ABC's of Imaging: The Difference between XRay, UltraSound, MRI, CT Scan

The ABC's of Imaging: The Difference between XRay, UltraSound, MRI, CT Scan

by Stephanie Meadows
When doctors need to get a better look at what’s going on in their patient’s bodies, they will often refer them to receive some type of diagnostic imaging. However, there are different types of diagnostic imaging exams, where the resulting images, or pictures, will help your doctor in making an accurate diagnosis, and choosing the best treatment plan.

What is a DaTSCAN™?

What is a DaTSCAN™?

by Natalie (SU)
If your doctor has recommended a DaTSCAN™, also commonly referred to as a “SPECT Scan” or a “Brain SPECT Scan,” this article will help you and your family to understand what a DaTSCAN™ is, how to prepare for it, and what to expect on testing day.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Getting a 3D Mammogram

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Getting a 3D Mammogram

by Natalie (SU)
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and with each passing year the awareness of such an important topic continues to grow. It is estimated that 1 out of 8 women in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. Breast cancer is the leading cause of premature deaths among women, with more than 200,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. The good news is that if it is caught early, successful outcomes are much more likely. Advanced 3-D mammograms can often detect breast cancer far earlier than ever before. Research studies have shown that innovative imaging technology, such as 3D mammograms, have helped turn the tide, increasing the survivability of breast cancer. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to remind you that getting a 3D mammogram is not only easy, it may just save your life.

Why You Shouldn't Empty Your Bladder When Preparing for an Ultrasound

Why You Shouldn't Empty Your Bladder When Preparing for an Ultrasound

by Natalie (SU)
In much the same way that bats can send out soundwaves to create a map of the outside world during flight, an ultrasound helps your doctor map areas inside of your body. That makes an ultrasound scan a useful diagnostic tool to locate and visualize the internal structures inside your body. An ultrasound is non-invasive, and it can show images in real time. If you have been scheduled for an ultrasound, you may be wondering why you shouldn’t empty your bladder when preparing for the exam.

Preparing for an X-ray

Preparing for an X-ray

by Yenny (SU)
An X-ray is a quick test that produces images of the compositional structures inside our body. It is often used to check for problems such as pneumonia or broken bones. The good news is that if you need an X-ray, there is usually almost nothing you need to do to prepare for it. X-ray beams pass through your body painlessly, and are then absorbed in different amounts, depending on the density of the material they pass through. For example, because bones are denser than fat, bones show up white, while fat will appear as gray on the X-ray film.

Cancer Awareness Month: How Can Imaging Help Diagnose Cancer

Cancer Awareness Month: How Can Imaging Help Diagnose Cancer

by Yenny (SU)
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. At Independent Imaging, we understand the importance of regular cancer screenings and using advanced imaging systems to help diagnose and treat a wide range of cancers, including prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among men in the US. Slow growing, prostate cancer occurs in a man’s prostate gland, a walnut-sized organ that is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum.

Are radioactive isotopes safe?

Are radioactive isotopes safe?

by Yenny (SU)
When you hear the word “radioactive isotopes,” it might conjure images of people in protective suits carrying around a glowing orb in metal tong-like tool. To find out if radioactive isotopes are safe or not, let’s break down what they are first. Radioactive isotopes are basically unstable chemical elements that release energy in the form of gamma, alpha, and beta rays. Basically, radioactive isotopes are like tiny packets of energy moving in waves through a material or space itself. Certain types of radiative isotopes can be safely used to destroy tumorous cancers, or create detailed real-time images of the inner workings of the body.

The Science Behind Ultrasound

The Science Behind Ultrasound

by Yenny (SU)
Modern ultrasound machines help doctors to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, injuries, and disorders. And while ultrasounds are on the leading edge of medicine today, the science behind them first came to light in 1794. That’s when an Italian biologist by the name of Lazzaro Spallanzani discovered that bats use soundwaves to help them navigate, even in total darkness. The original ultrasound systems were actually invented so that inspectors could detect industrial mistakes or flaws in the metal of transport ships. It was later adapted to provide crude images in Glasgow hospitals in the 1950’s. And the rest, as they say is, history.

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