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    A Look at Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is the medical term for compression of the spinal cord. When pressure is exerted on the spinal cord, you may notice a range of symptoms including discomfort and impairment of basic functions. If your doctor suspects you could have cervical spondylotic myelopathy, he or she is likely to recommend that you visit an imaging center to have an MRI exam, X-rays, or myelogram.

    Symptoms

    Discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor and mention how long you’ve experienced them. In addition to pain and stiffness in the neck, patients with CSM typically suffer from loss of balance and trouble walking. They may display a wide-based gait. You could also experience tingling and numbness as a result of the compression on your spinal nerves. You may notice that you often drop objects or have trouble lifting them, or that you have difficulty with tasks that require fine motor skills, such as handwriting.

    Causes

    CSM occurs when the spinal canal narrows and the posterior longitudinal ligament thickens. Typically, osteophytes, or bone spurs, will form in the area. These changes result in the compression of the spinal cord. Some of the potential underlying causes and risk factors of CSM include inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cervical disc degeneration, and trauma to the neck.

    Diagnostic Tests

    The first step toward a diagnosis of CSM is a physical exam at your primary care provider. Your physician will evaluate symptoms such as abnormal reflexes, weakness, and numbness. Then, you’ll likely be referred to an imaging center. At this facility, you may have diagnostic tests such as X-rays, an MRI exam, and a myelogram.

    Advanced Medical Imaging is the radiology provider of choice for physicians and patients throughout the Denver, Lakewood, and Boulder areas. If you need to schedule an MRI exam, X-ray, or other diagnostic test, you can contact us at (303) 647-6504. We also invite you to explore our website to learn more about your upcoming MRI exam. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

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    How Is Breast Cancer Diagnosed?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Often, breast cancer is detected when a patient goes to an imaging center for a routine screening mammogram. If this mammogram detects any abnormalities, the patient may be referred for additional testing. In other cases, patients go to their doctors because they’ve found a lump or another abnormality in the breast area. The doctor will refer the patient to an imaging center for a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI.

    When you watch this video, you’ll hear an oncologist describe the different methods of breast cancer diagnosis. In addition to discussing MRIs and other imaging tests, she explains the differences among the various types of biopsies.

    Advanced Medical Imaging maintains a fully equipped breast center with full-field digital mammography, ultrasound, MRI, and biopsy services. Residents of Boulder, Lakewood, or Denver can contact us at (303) 647-6504. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

    Understanding Lung Cancer Screening

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Screening tests are procedures used for the early detection of an illness - such as lung cancer - before symptoms are evident. Other types of imaging studies, such as MRIs, are diagnostic; you could have a diagnostic lung cancer test if your doctor finds abnormal results on a screening test or if you have possible symptoms. Just like an MRI, your lung cancer screening test will reveal images of your internal structures to determine if you have potentially cancerous changes in your lungs. Candidates for a lung screening procedure are adults between the ages of 55 to 80 who have smoked a pack or more per day of cigarettes for at least 30 years and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Talk to your doctor about whether lung cancer screening is right for you.

    Benefits

    The key benefit in undergoing a lung cancer screening test is that it allows for the early detection of cancer. The sooner cancer is detected, the better your chances of survival. If you wait for symptoms to appear before having tests performed, the cancer is likely already in the later stages and will be more difficult to treat. Previously, lung cancer screening tests weren’t as commonly performed as other types of imaging studies, such as mammograms to detect breast cancer. Now, however, more patients than ever can take advantage of this important tool in preventive medicine. As of January 1, 2014, lung cancer screenings are now approved under Medicare and private insurance.

    Types

    Various types of imaging studies are being evaluated for their effectiveness in the early detection of lung cancer. Right now, the most commonly used lung cancer screening test is a low-dose CT scan. Your doctor might also recommend a chest X-ray or sputum cytology.

    Recommendations

    The current screening recommendations involve a certain set of criteria. Your screening test could be covered under your insurance if you’re between 55 and 74 years old, you’re a current or former smoker, and you have a 30-pack or higher smoking history.

    If your doctor has recommended lung cancer screening for you, schedule an appointment with the dedicated professionals of Advanced Medical Imaging. In addition to lung cancer screenings, we offer MRIs, CT scans, and more. Call one of our convenient locations in Denver, Lakewood, or Boulder at (303) 647-6504. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans for MRIs and other tests, and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

    Conditions You Should Discuss with Advanced Medical Imaging Before Your Procedure

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Before having a procedure such as an MRI, CT scan, or bone density scan at Advanced Medical Imaging, review your full medical history with the technologist. For your safety and well-being, we’ll need to know about any medical conditions you have. In particular, please inform us if you have any implanted devices, such as a pacemaker, joint replacement prosthesis, cochlear implant, or any other device that contains metal.

    You should also inform the AMI technologist if you are currently pregnant or if there is a possibility that you could be pregnant. Let us know if you’re diabetic, have kidney disease, or have an allergy to iodine. If you have claustrophobia, we’ll do everything we can to help you stay calm and relaxed during your diagnostic test.

    The team at Advanced Medical Imaging prides itself on our exceptional dedication to patient care and safety, and our state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. Residents of the Denver, Lakewood, and Boulder areas can schedule an appointment by calling (303) 647-6504. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

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