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All About PET Scans

All About PET Scans

by Shearly (SU)
Technological advances in medicine have given rise to a bewildering array of advanced nuclear medicine tests and diagnostic imaging systems. From PET scans to MRI’s, CT scans to ultrasounds, many patients are confused as to what makes one test different from another. At Independent Imaging, we understand that medical imaging can be a confusing topic. We also believe that a well-informed patient, is a happier healthier one, too. That’s why we created this helpful guide that is all about PET scans.

Digital Mammograms and Gynecomastia in Men

Digital Mammograms and Gynecomastia in Men

by Shearly (SU)
Gynecomastia is a condition in which males develop enlarged breasts. Often reversible, gynecomastia may still need to be evaluated with a mammogram (X-ray of the breast area). Digital mammograms, which offer higher resolution, extremely detailed imaging allow for specific manipulation, such as lightening or darkening, zooming in or adding contrast for better visibility by the radiologist.

Why Would You Need an Ultrasound?

Why Would You Need an Ultrasound?

by Shearly (SU)
If you are wondering why your doctor might order ultrasound imaging, the answer will often vary based on the patient, because it is based on what your doctor is seeking to learn about your condition. An ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses sound waves to “sees” beneath the surface, in order to locate potential conditions such as gallstones, tendon tears, or blood vessel damage. It can be used to detect abnormal growths, such as a fibroid or cyst in the ovaries. Ultrasounds are both fast and painless, with no exposure to radiation.

How Often Should You Get a Mammogram?

How Often Should You Get a Mammogram?

by Shearly (SU)
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, deaths caused by breast cancer decreased by a whopping 38% between 1989 to 2014. This is largely due to more and more women becoming aware of breast cancer as well as self-checks for breasts and mammogram screening. Mammograms are an important breast cancer screening tool that has saved countless lives. If you are wondering how often you should get a mammogram, the American Cancer Society recommends women to get a mammogram every year, starting at age 45-54.

How Accurate are Digital Mammograms

How Accurate are Digital Mammograms

by Shearly (SU)
Breast cancer is a leading cause of premature deaths among women in the United States, with more than 200,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. However, statistics have shown the death rate of this disease has been reduced at least in part due to early detection. Innovative new imaging techniques such as digital mammograms have helped turn the tide for successful treatment outcomes.

What is a digital Mammography?

What is a digital Mammography?

by Shearly (SU)
Both men and women tend to have their own unique wellness tests that are such an important part of life, that it can sometimes mean life or death. For women, the importance of scheduling mammogram imaging, and the benefits and peace of mind that comes with it, has proven to be very substantial. Cancer, and specifically breast cancer in this case, is one of those killers that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially if there is a proven test to help diagnose or rule it out before it becomes out of hand.

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.

Which Diagnostic Scans Should You Get after a Car Accident

Which Diagnostic Scans Should You Get after a Car Accident

by Shearly (SU)
There you are, minding your own business, proceeding safely through the intersection…and BAM! The next thing you know, you just got slammed by some driver blowing through a red light at a speed that some NASCAR drivers would envy. You are shaken up, and not sure if you or your passengers are hurt. The first thing you do is check to see if everyone is all right. The only problem is, many auto accident injuries such as whiplash, back injuries, and even closed head injuries caused by the sudden deceleration (slamming your brain into your skull), do not always show up right away. How do you know if you are injured? Which diagnostic scans should you get after a car accident?

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.

Nuclear Imaging: Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid

Nuclear Imaging: Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid

by Shearly (SU)
Being nervous, or even afraid, is a perfectly normal stress response when faced with the unknown. If, for instance, you have ever been out on a dark night, armed with nothing but a flashlight and a you hear a cat knocking over a trash can, the noise is probably going to make you feel jumpy - even though you are really perfectly okay. Nuclear imaging is a lot like that. It may feel scary, but you really shouldn’t be afraid, because nuclear imaging procedures are quite safe, effective, and closely monitored for your protection. Things that are unknown can be quite scary, so being adequately informed is often the best fight against such fears.

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