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    Medical Imaging Radiation 101 [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 5 days ago

    When your doctor orders a medical imaging test that uses radiation, like an X-ray, PET scan, or CT scan, it’s natural to have some questions. Although these tests are extremely important tools that doctors use to diagnose and track treatment progress for serious medical conditions, many patients are concerned that the radiation involved could be dangerous. In reality, you’re exposed to much more radiation on a daily basis than you might imagine, and when you get on a plane, those rates go up even more. The amount of radiation you encounter outside is more than is used for many medical imaging tests. For safety, your doctor will only order a radiation test when necessary and will use alternatives, like MRIs, when possible. Learn more about medical imaging radiation in this infographic from Denver’s Advanced Medical Imaging. Help spread the word about patient safety in imaging tests, from CT scans to MRIs, by sharing this information. 

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    Preparing for a Breast Mammogram

    Last updated 12 days ago

    There is no question that screening mammograms help save lives. With early detection of breast cancer, doctors can treat it before it metastasizes, or spreads. Talk to your physician about when you should start visiting an MRI center to receive an annual mammogram. When you do have your first appointment at the MRI center, try to schedule it for the week after your period. During this time, your breasts are less tender and the mammogram will not cause as much discomfort.

    Contact the MRI Center
    Your first step in preparing for your mammogram is to contact the MRI center. Ask the representative if there are any special preparations you need to make. Additionally, be sure to let the technologist know if you have breast implants.

    Arrange for an X-Ray Film Transfer
    If you have previously had a mammogram at another imaging facility, call that facility to arrange for your x-ray films to be transferred to the new MRI center. Or, bring the films with you, if possible. Doing so enables the technologist to evaluate your new images in light of the previous ones.

    Groom and Dress Appropriately
    Bathe on the morning of your appointment to remove any residual traces of deodorant and other products. Avoid applying deodorant, lotion, powder, or any other personal care products to your underarms and chest area. These products can interfere with the accuracy of your mammogram results. You can bring these products with you to apply afterward, if you wish. It’s also a good idea to wear a two-piece outfit, rather than a dress. This allows you to only remove your top when you change into the hospital gown.

    If you have any questions about your upcoming mammogram, the friendly staff members of Advanced Medical Imaging are here to help you. You can contact our MRI center at (303) 647-6504 for more information. In addition to MRI exams and mammograms, our imaging center serves Lakewood and Boulder residents with x-rays, CT scans, bone density tests, and much more. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans for MRI exams and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

    CT Screenings Help Reduce Lung Cancer Deaths

    Last updated 15 days ago

    In 2010, a report was released that suggested lung cancer deaths could be reduced by 20 percent if those at a high risk for the disease underwent annual screenings. The screening involves a low-dose CT scan, which exposes patients to an amount of radiation that is comparable to mammograms. In response to the evidence in favor of routine screenings, guidelines were updated to encourage high-risk patients to visit their nearest MRI center for the screening.

    You can hear more about this important study by watching this news clip. You’ll hear from a doctor who has been pushing for routine lung cancer screenings for about two decades and you’ll hear from one of her patients, whose life was saved by the test.

    If your physician has referred you for lung cancer screening, consider scheduling an appointment at Advanced Medical Imaging. Lakewood and Boulder-area residents can reach us at (303) 647-6504 or visit our website for more information about CT scans.

    What to Expect from Epidural Back Injections

    Last updated 22 days ago

    If you’ve recently undergone an MRI exam that revealed back problems such as disc herniation or spinal stenosis, your physician may have recommended an epidural back injection. Epidural back injections are also appropriate for treating patients with injuries to the vertebrae or spinal nerves. It involves the injection of medications into the epidural space of the spine to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

    Preparation
    It’s advisable to call the imaging center ahead of your appointment to determine what you need to do to prepare for the injection. You may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for several hours prior to the injection. If you take any medications, you may need to change your medication schedule. Additionally, arrange to have a family member or friend drive you home from the imaging center. When you arrive at the imaging center, you’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown and to use the restroom prior to the injection.

    Procedure
    The entire procedure takes just a few minutes. A nurse will insert an intravenous line, which will provide you with a sedative during the injection. You’ll lie on your stomach or on your side on a special table. Then, the healthcare provider will sterilize the area of the injection and inject a local anesthetic to numb the area. Imaging guidance is often used while the healthcare provider guides the needle to the epidural space. Then, the doctor will inject a contrast material, followed by the medication.

    Results
    Due to the numbing effects of the medications and the potential for temporary side effects, it’s advisable to rest for the remainder of the day. You can return to your usual activities the following day. You can expect your pain to improve progressively over the following 48 hours.

    The team at Advanced Medical Imaging is dedicated to providing the utmost in patient care by offering a comprehensive range of healthcare services, including MRI exams and epidural injections. Residents throughout Denver, Lakewood, and Boulder can call (303) 647-6504 schedule an MRI, epidural injection, or other exam. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans for MRIs and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

    Advancements in Urologic Imaging

    Last updated 27 days ago

    For years, urologic imaging has presented numerous challenges for physicians. Conditions affecting the urinary system have often been difficult to diagnose, and physicians have long relied on intravenous pyelography (IVP). CT urography offers a step up from traditional urologic imaging methods, facilitating more precise diagnoses and more effective treatment plans.

    CT urography provides a more comprehensive view of the urinary system than previous diagnostic techniques. A routine CT scan creates multiple “slices,” giving physicians a three-dimensional view of the bladder and kidneys. While bowel gas has been known to obscure the results of IVP, it doesn’t cause any problems with CT urography. If you show symptoms of acute renal colic, your doctor may recommend that you receive a CT urogram. This imaging procedure is currently the best technology available when it comes to diagnosing urologic disorders.

    For more information about CT urography, MRI, and other imaging procedures, call Advanced Medical Imaging at (303) 647-6504. We’re proud to offer top-quality imaging services to patients throughout the Boulder and Denver areas.




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