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What Are the Advantages of Digital X-rays?

What Are the Advantages of Digital X-rays?

by Natalie (SU)
The process of Radiography – known as X-ray by most people, is certainly not a new technology; however its advantages are undeniable. In 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen was the first person to discover X-rays. The discovery of X-rays, like Penicillin and so many other life-changing phenomena – were first realized as somewhat of a “happy accident” or “eureka” moment. However, they ultimately set the stage for great strides in medicine, physics, and a myriad of other fields.

What Does an Open MRI Look Like?

What Does an Open MRI Look Like?

by Natalie (SU)
As a tool for a deep-dive look into the body to make a proper diagnosis, the MRI is invaluable for physicians. Most will not proceed further with serious medical procedures or treatments without MRI or other imaging reports. For the patient, however, the prospect of an MRI can fill them with dread and actual symptoms of panic.

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.

PET Scans & Bone Scans For Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

PET Scans & Bone Scans For Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

by Stephanie Meadows
Cancer is a very frightening prognosis, and can take quite a toll on the body. That’s why it is important to diagnose cancer as soon as possible, with the hopes that a malignant tumor can be found and dealt with before it metastasizes. When cancer becomes metastatic, the cells start spreading throughout the body, making the task of finding and fighting cancer much more difficult. The process of determining how developed a person’s cancer is, and what type, is called staging. The staging process assists the doctor in understanding a patient’s cancer prognosis and in making the most accurate pathology report; and if diagnosed with cancer, it aids them in deciding what kind of treatment is best.

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.

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.

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