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Diagnostic Imaging Options Vary by Condition

Diagnostic Imaging Options Vary by Condition

by Shearly (SU)
At one time, standard X-rays were considered state-of-the-art imaging. Discovered over a century ago, doctors marveled as they were suddenly able to peer into living bodies without cutting them open to see inside. Now, there are X-Rays that can literally build a 360-degree, 3D model of your entire body. From digital mammograms to computed tomography (CT) scans, to angiograms and MRI’s, and advanced fluoroscopy technology, the human body is being mapped in ever more detailed and precise ways with less risk than ever.

Open MRI and Children

Open MRI and Children

by Shearly (SU)
Magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive test that can help doctors diagnose and treat your child more effectively. Children are often more comfortable in an Open MRI, which features a wider opening and feels much less confining than more traditional versions. Open MRI’s also allows the technician to speak to your child and maintain eye contact for a more reassuring, and overall calmer experience.

The Importance of Routine Osteoporosis Screening in Men

The Importance of Routine Osteoporosis Screening in Men

by Shearly (SU)
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become more porous and sponge-like. Known as a “silent” disorder, it does not usually show symptoms until a fracture occurs. When there is a break, the fractures are more likely to occur in the spine, wrist and hips and can be debilitating.

What is Digital Mammography?

What is Digital Mammography?

by Shearly (SU)
Most people have seen the commercials on television, heard about it on the radio, or come across a magazine article about mammograms. The importance of having one done, and the benefits and peace of mind that comes with it, are all pointed out. Many people, however, do not really understand the difference between digital mammograms and more traditional film mammogram.

How to Handle Your Claustrophobia During Your MRI

How to Handle Your Claustrophobia During Your MRI

by Shearly (SU)
Claustrophobia, a deep-seated fear of the dark or confined spaces is nothing to be ashamed of. Classified as an anxiety disorder, claustrophobia is more common than you might think. According to the health Research Fund, up to 5% of the US population suffers from some form of claustrophobia.

Spotlight Independent Imaging: Best Diagnostic Services in Wellington

Spotlight Independent Imaging: Best Diagnostic Services in Wellington

by Bevon Findley (SU)
“Patient centered care”. It sounds nice, but what does it really mean? While it may be a catch-phrase to some, to us it means that we build our services around your real life needs. It means that set out every single day to earn the title of best diagnostic services in Wellington and the surrounding areas. It is not just a slogan. Patient centered care is a cornerstone of who we are.

When the Stomach Pain is More than You think: Diagnosing and Treating Gastroparesis

When the Stomach Pain is More than You think: Diagnosing and Treating Gastroparesis

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Gastroparesis, also known as delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder that does not allow the stomach to completely empty itself in a normal manner. The stomach either slows down or stops the movement of food, which is then not able to pass on to the small intestine. Healthy stomachs move and contract to help break down and digest food, moving it through the digestive tract as hormones and enzymes are released to process the food. Gastroparesis can be caused by damage to the vagus nerve, which directs the stomach to contract.

DEXA Bone Scanning - Preserving Bone Density. Importance of regular testing

DEXA Bone Scanning - Preserving Bone Density. Importance of regular testing

by Shearly (SU)
: Healthy bones are literally the foundation for a healthier life. Your bones provide the scaffolding and structure for your muscles. Bones also protect your organs and allow you to move, bend and walk. Bones are not static though, they are constantly changing as old bone is broken down and new bone is formed. This day to day, hour to hour remolding process continues over the course of our lifetime. As we age, however, the process does tend to slow down and we begin to lose bone mass, producing slightly less than what gets lost in the ongoing shuffle.

An Inside Look at X-rays

An Inside Look at X-rays

by Rismary Cabrera
When you think of it, modern diagnostic tools are quite remarkable. For most of human history no one could see what actually went on inside the human body. That all started to change in 1895 when a German professor of physics, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, made an accidental discovery while working with cathode-ray tubes. He happened to have some crystals on a nearby table and looked up to see them glowing as he worked on hazy afternoon. Long story short, he accidentally discovered a new kind of energy ray he dubbed X-rays. The very first human to have an X-ray was his wife. He took X-ray pictures of her hand.

Dealing with Unexpected Imaging Results

Dealing with Unexpected Imaging Results

by Rismary Cabrera
Victoria had been experiencing pain up under her ribs for some time. She grew extremely tired and was losing weight. She had a very active routine and was, to all outward appearances, extremely healthy. After ignoring it for several weeks, she finally went to her doctor. The initial lab work did not reveal anything, but her doctor was nevertheless concerned. After performing a complete exam, he ordered a CT scan to rule out every possibility. At 28 years of age, Victoria was shocked by the results.