Last updated 5 days ago
Most people think of babies when they think of ultrasounds. However, while ultrasounds are certainly an important part of care for pregnant women, they have many other medical applications. Like X-rays and MRI exams, ultrasounds are used by doctors in many different fields to diagnose and manage treatment for a variety of medical conditions. Here are some of the ways ultrasounds are used outside of pregnancy care:
If you’re experiencing abdominal pain that your doctor can’t explain, there is a good chance he or she will recommend that you have an ultrasound. Abdominal ultrasounds are used to see the gall bladder, bile ducts, liver, pancreas, kidneys, and even large blood vessels. Your doctor will use the scan to see if any of these organs are the source of your symptoms. If you are being treated for a condition such as gall stones or kidney stones, a scan can help you doctor track how effective your treatment is.
Doctors often recommend ultrasounds for women who are living with chronic pelvic pain or who have abnormal periods. Pelvic scans are used to view the reproductive organs and can help diagnose conditions like endometriosis, fibroids, and cysts. As with abdominal scans, pelvic scans can also be used to see if treatments are working.
Vein and Artery Scans
A specialized type of ultrasound called a Doppler ultrasound can be used to scan veins and arteries. This ultrasound checks the speed and direction of blood in various regions of the body. It can be used to help your doctor determine if you have a blockage, back-flow of blood, or another condition that is interfering with the flow of blood through your body.
We offer a range of ultrasound tests at Advanced Medical Imaging. We’re a full-service provider of MRI exams, X-rays, and more. We have locations across Denver, Boulder, and Lakewood to serve you. Learn about our medical imaging services and make an appointment by calling (303) 647-6504. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.
Last updated 10 days ago
Thyroid cancer is the eighth most common cancer in women and the third most common solid-mass cancer in kids. This disease can and does affect men as well. If you’ve had radiation to the head or neck, the National Cancer Institute recommends that you have your thyroid checked every one or two years. Ultrasounds and MRI exams can both help with thyroid cancer detection and treatment management. Would you recognize the signs of thyroid cancer? Here are the symptoms you should be aware of:
Lumps and Nodules in Neck
Often, tumors on the thyroid are visible or can be felt through the neck. Your doctor will examine your thyroid during checkups to feel for any lumps, but you can easily check yourself as well. Your thyroid sits in the middle of your throat area. Massage around and see if you notice any changes. If you feel a lump that wasn’t there before, consult your doctor.
If you develop a tumor on your thyroid, it may press against your esophagus and make it difficult to swallow. Swallowing may become painful, or it may simply feel like your throat is full. In many cases, swallowing difficulties are accompanied by persistent hoarseness or a voice change.
Many different things can be behind a chronic cough, but thyroid cancer is one explanation. If you have a chronic cough, doctors will consider your other symptoms and decide if thyroid cancer could be to blame.
If your doctor discovers a mass on your thyroid that needs to be examined, ask him or her to refer you to Advanced Medical Imaging. We offer MRI exams and ultrasound-guided biopsies to scan the thyroid and test any suspicious findings. Thyroid testing is just one of the many medical imaging services we provide. Turn to us for all of your MRI, ultrasound, and X-ray needs. Make an appointment at a Denver, Bolder, or Lakewood location by calling (303) 674-6504. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.
Last updated 12 days ago
Radiology refers to a specialized branch of medicine that uses imaging technology to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions. Here at Advanced Medical Imaging in Boulder, Colorado, our providers offer a number of radiology services, including myelography. Read on to learn more.
Uses and Indications
A myelography is a radiological imaging examination in which a needle is inserted into the spinal canal in order to inject contrast material into the nerve roots and space surrounding the spinal cord. Myelography is performed using a real-time form of x-ray technology known as fluoroscopy. This examination is often used to identify spinal abnormalities affecting the spinal canal, spinal cord, nerve roots, and blood vessels that supply the spinal cord. Myelography may be used to diagnose disc herniations, compression of the nerves, bone spurs, tumors, infections, and spinal lesions.
During the examination, you will be instructed to lie face-down on an examination table while your radiologist uses the fluoroscope to create a visual image of the spine and identify a proper injection site. In most cases, the contrast material is injected into the lumbar spinal canal located in the lower back. Once the skin has been cleansed and numbed with local anesthetic, your radiologist will insert the needle into the subarachnoid space of the spinal canal. The contrast material is then injected so the radiologist can use the fluoroscope to analyze the flow of contrast material within the areas that correlate with your symptoms.
Myelography examinations offer a number of benefits. In addition to being safe and painless, myelography examinations do not result in residual radiation within the body, and usually does not result in negative side effects.
Find out if you can benefit from a myelography by contacting Advanced Medical Imaging at (303) 647-6504. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.
Last updated 17 days ago
Radiological imaging tests such as CT scans, x-rays, and MRIs are an essential part of diagnosing and treating medical conditions—but finding the right facility to meet your needs is not always easy. As a facility owned by Colorado physicians, Advanced Medical Imaging is devoted to providing all of our patients with the high-quality image generation and interpretation they need to maintain their overall health and wellness.
We offer a wide array of services, including bone density scans, CT scans, coronary artery calcium scoring, epidural injections, MRI, myelography, ultrasounds, and traditional x-rays. However, it is not just our services that set us apart from the rest. Unlike other facilities, our Boulder, Colorado imaging center offers several cost-effective self-pay plans for those without insurance, and we are contracted with most insurance carriers and managed care programs.
For more information on MRIs, CT scans, and our other services, contact Advanced Medical Imaging at (303) 647-6504. You can also explore our website for more information on our current offers.
Last updated 19 days ago
During a thyroid biopsy, a small amount of tissue is removed from the thyroid gland located in your neck. Tissue may be removed either via a thin needle or during an open biopsy procedure. The tissue sample is examined under a microscope and its genetic material may also be tested. Contact Advanced Medical Imaging if you need to schedule a thyroid biopsy in the Denver area.
Discover the Cause of a Thyroid Nodule
Thyroid nodules, or lumps in the tissue of the thyroid, may stem from many causes. The majority of thyroid nodules are benign, meaning they pose no threat to your health. Nodules may form as a result of iodine deficiency, abnormal growth within the thyroid, cysts, and chronic inflammation caused by Hashimoto's disease. In some cases nodules pose a health concern, such as cancer. A thyroid biopsy is performed to determine whether a thyroid nodule is malignant or benign. Once the cause and nature of the nodule is discovered, appropriate treatment measures can begin.
Discover the Cause of a Goiter
A goiter occurs when thyroid tissue grows abnormally large. Goiters may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing, trouble speaking, weight loss, and a feeling of fullness in the neck or throat. Often a goiter creates a visible swelling at the front of the neck. The common causes of goiters include an iodine deficiency in the diet, autoimmune diseases that affect the thyroid gland, and in rare cases, cancer. If you are experiencing a goiter, a thyroid biopsy will be performed to discover the cause of abnormal thyroid growth.
If your physician has recommended a thyroid biopsy, call Advanced Medical Imaging at (303) 647-6504 to schedule your appointment. Our diagnostic imaging centers offer biopsies, MRIs, CT scans, and more at four convenient locations throughout metro Denver. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans as well as are contracted with most insurance carriers. We invite you to click through our blog to learn more about how biopsies and other diagnostic procedures can benefit your health.