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Is an MRI safe for Infants and Children?

Is an MRI safe for Infants and Children?

by Yenny (SU)
Parenthood is an awesome responsibility. The decisions in all areas of your children’s lives need careful evaluation, thought, and focus on long-term benefits, while minimizing risks.

What is a Non-Contrast MRA Used for?

What is a Non-Contrast MRA Used for?

by Yenny (SU)
While the vast majority of people have heard of an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), most are less familiar with an MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography). An MRA uses a machine to generate a magnetic field using pulses of radio wave energy, to build real-time images of blood vessels and blood flow within the body. An MRA can be used with a contrast medium (medical dye) or without. When it is used without dye, it is called a non-contrast MRA.

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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