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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.

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.

6 Ways to Relieve Stress During an MRI

6 Ways to Relieve Stress During an MRI

by Shearly (SU)
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans are readily utilized by medical professionals to diagnose a variety of problems. The procedure, which is safe and painless, involves laying on a table which slides into the MRI machine. As with any medical procedure, an MRI scan can cause anxiety or stress in a patient. That’s why we created this helpful list of things you can do to relieve your stress during an MRI.

New Advances in MRI Technology

New Advances in MRI Technology

by Shearly (SU)
Using extremely strong magnetic fields and radio waves, an MRI generates detailed imaging of organs and structures within the human body in real time. While we may take it for granted today, the technology was simply not available for the vast bulk of human history. The very first MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) actually took five years to build, and the very first full body scan took over five hours to complete in 1977. New advances in MRI technology have come a long way since the 1980’s, when the MRI became part of the medical landscape.

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.

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.

New MRI Technology Can Ease Test Anxiety

New MRI Technology Can Ease Test Anxiety

by ih-ini admin
For some patients, just the thought of the narrow cylinder of an MRI causes panic. This led to studies in providing audio and visual stimuli to ease anxiety.

Your Guide to Digital Imaging With Nuclear Medicine and MRI

Your Guide to Digital Imaging With Nuclear Medicine and MRI

by ih-ini admin
You’re probably quite familiar with X-rays, such as why they’re used and how they work. However, you may not be as knowledgeable about other imaging procedures, including nuclear medicine tests and MRIs. Here is why your doctor uses these types of tests and what information they help us to understand about how your body is functioning.

PET-MR Helps Better Detect Breast Cancer Metastases in the Brain and Other Areas

PET-MR Helps Better Detect Breast Cancer Metastases in the Brain and Other Areas

by ih-ini admin
A recent breast cancer imaging study has shown significant improvement in the quality of imaging due to the sensitivity of new PET/MR hybrid scanning. The benefits of PET/MR imaging are greater than those of PET/CT and very well may end up replacing the PET/CT scan altogether, especially for detecting cancer metastases.

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