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    A Brief History of Ultrasound Technology

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Diagnostic ultrasonography involves the use of high-frequency sound waves to create images of the body’s internal structures. Believe it or not, ultrasound technology has been around for over 60 years, and has been used to great effect for decades. Modern ultrasounds can help evaluate the health of unborn children and aid with the diagnosis of a wide range of ailments.   

    The medical community’s interest in ultrasound technology goes back to the late 1940s, when a man named John Wild used ultrasound to determine the thickness of bowel tissue. The next big leap forward in ultrasound technology occurred in 1963, when an effective hand-held scanner was developed. Further developments in ultrasound technology have allowed doctors and technicians to see blood flow and determine the stiffness of a particular type of tissue. Ultrasound technology can even destroy cancerous tissue.

    If you have any questions about ultrasound technology, call Advanced Medical Imaging at (303) 647-6504. We’re proud to provide ultrasounds, MRIs, and other imaging procedures at our Louisville, Golden, Thornton, and Denver imaging facilities.    

    Understanding Your Right to Privacy Regarding Personal Health Information

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Every patient has the right to enjoy privacy with regard to health information. These privacy rights are guaranteed by federal legislation. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) governs how healthcare providers and health insurance organizations may view or use your personal health information. Every healthcare provider must abide by these regulations, from walk-in urgent care clinics to imaging centers that provide MRI exams.

    Protected Health Information
    The law applies to all individually identifiable health information, regardless of whether it is in an electronic, oral, or paper format. Individually identifiable health information includes data that involves a person’s past, present, or future mental health, physical health, and medical conditions. It also involves the treatments an individual may receive and the past, present, or future payment for provision of healthcare. In other words, health information that could reasonably identify a particular person is safeguarded by the law. HIPAA does not restrict the use or disclosure of de-identified health information, which cannot identify a particular individual. For example, if you go to an imaging center for an MRI exam, your health information that includes identifying factors is protected. However, if your information cannot be used to identify you, it may not necessarily be protected.

    Use and Disclosure of Health Information
    A healthcare provider can use your health information to facilitate treatment. For example, a radiologist may review your health history before performing an MRI exam on you. A healthcare provider can also send certain information to a health insurance plan to receive payment for rendered services. Healthcare providers may also disclose information to state and federal health organizations when required by law to do so.

    The entire team at Advanced Medical Imaging upholds the strictest standards of patient privacy protection and HIPAA compliance. If you wish to schedule an appointment for an MRI exam or other imaging scan in the Denver, Lakewood, or Boulder areas, please contact us at (303) 647-6504. You could also browse the information on our website to learn more about MRI exams and our other services. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

    The Everyday Athlete's Guide to Sports Injuries [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Getting active is great for your health, but having a sports injury can be both painful and frustrating. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to be at risk for this kind of injury. Weekend warriors are just as likely to experience painful ankle sprains, hamstring pulls, and more. When you experience a sports injury, the first thing to do is get out of the game. Trying to play through the pain could worsen your injury and leave you on the sidelines for longer. Next, see your doctor for a referral for a diagnostic MRI exam. In this infographic, Advanced Medical Imaging examines common sports injuries and offers tips for prevention. We offer affordable MRI exams in the Denver and Boulder areas. Contact us if you need MRI services, and share this important information about sports injuries with your teammates. 

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    What Is Osteoporosis?

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Osteoporosis is a condition that is common in post-menopausal women. After a person reaches the mid-30s, the body’s ability to grow bone mass declines. Osteoporosis occurs when more bone mass is broken down than is produced. Since osteoporosis is often detected when an individual suffers a fracture of the hip, wrist, or spine, healthcare providers recommend osteoporosis screenings for individuals who are at a high risk.

    You can learn about the risk factors of osteoporosis by watching this video. The expert presenter explains that women who have a low body weight, low calcium intake, and a family history of osteoporosis are at a higher risk. He also discusses risk factors of osteoporosis among men.

    Residents of Denver, Lakewood, and Boulder can contact Advanced Medical Imaging at (303) 647-6504 or visit our website to learn more about osteoporosis screening. Our imaging center also provides MRI exams and CT scans. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

    Answering Common Questions about Ultrasound

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If your doctor suspects a medical condition, he or she may refer you to an imaging center to undergo a test, such as an MRI exam, x-ray, or ultrasound. Ultrasound technology is generally requested when the doctor needs to evaluate soft tissues. It may even be used to assess blood flow through your arteries and other blood vessels. If you’re anticipating an ultrasound exam, you may wish to ask your doctor the following questions.

    Does Ultrasound Use Radiation?

    Not all imaging studies use ionizing radiation. As with MRI exams, ultrasound technology is radiation-free. During the 50-plus years that technologists have used ultrasound technology, no confirmed ill effects have ever been reported when the test is administered with standard intensities. Instead of using radiation, ultrasound technology relies on high-frequency sound waves. A hand-held device known as a transducer transmits these sound waves to the body. As the sound waves are reflected back, the ultrasound machine creates images based on the reflected sound waves.

    What Is Ultrasound Used For?

    Your doctor may request an ultrasound for a variety of reasons. Gynecologists and obstetricians frequently use ultrasound on pregnant women to measure the size of the fetus, evaluate its growth rate, assess its position, and detect potential health problems. An ultrasound machine can detect tumors, measure blood flow, and much more. Your doctor may request an ultrasound if he or she suspects a problem with the gallbladder, kidneys, prostate, ovaries, and other glands and soft tissues.

    How Should I Prepare?

    Not all ultrasound exams require special preparation. It’s best to call the imaging center ahead of your appointment to determine if this is the case for your situation. For some exams, you may be asked to change your food and fluid intake, refrain from smoking, or refrain from chewing gum.

    Advanced Medical Imaging provides a full suite of imaging studies, including MRI exams and ultrasound scans, to patients in the Denver, Lakewood, and Boulder areas. We invite referred patients to read more about ultrasound technology, MRI exams, and other imaging studies on our website or to give us a call at (303) 647-6504 with any questions they may have. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.


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