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    Answering Common Questions about Ultrasound

    Last updated 15 days 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.

    Understanding Your Patient Rights

    Last updated 21 days ago

    As a patient, you have the right to know about the safety and privacy protocols followed by the clinics at which you receive care. At Advanced Medical Imaging, we go the extra mile to ensure these rights. We invite prospective patients who are interested in scheduling an MRI or other imaging test to read our HIPAA Privacy Policy on our website. Our fully compliant privacy policy ensures that your medical and personal information is kept strictly confidential.

    At AMI, you can rest assured that our staff members are highly trained and knowledgeable. Our imaging center boasts registered radiology technologists with additional certification and training, in addition to our board-certified radiologists. Your patient rights also include the right to the highest quality of care. AMI is an FDA-accredited mammography facility and has been accredited by the American College of Radiology in numerous imaging studies, including MRI exams and CT scans. Another important safety step AMI professionals take is using the lowest possible dose of radiation to safeguard patient health.

    You can learn more about patient safety at Advanced Medical Imaging by visiting our website or giving us a call at (303) 647-6504. We’re pleased to serve residents of the Denver, Lakewood, and Boulder areas with exceptional patient care and a diverse range of services. Additionally, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

    What Is ALARA?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Many types of imaging studies use ionizing radiation, while others, such as MRI exams, do not. Since there is a slight health risk involved with the exposure to radiation, radiologists and radiology technologists take extra precautions to ensure patient safety. One of those safety protocols is adherence to the ALARA program.

    Definition of ALARA
    ALARA is an acronym that means “as low as reasonably achievable.” In other words, radiologists who administer tests and treatments that involve radiation, in addition to employees who work in environments with exposure to radiation, must take every precaution to limit exposure as much as possible. The specific limits of reasonable exposure vary, since radiologists must use a certain dose of radiation to achieve the goal of diagnosis or treatment. The limits of radiation exposure also vary depending on the limitations of the available technology.

    Importance of ALARA
    The importance of adhering to an ALARA program is more important than ever before. According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), the use of ionizing radiation procedures has grown exponentially from 26 million CT scans in 1998 to over 70 million in 2008. While the availability of imaging studies improves patient care, radiologists must be more careful than ever to limit radiation exposure.

    Protocols for Safety
    Radiology technologists have a duty to produce the clearest possible images with the lowest possible dose of radiation. Patient safety can be improved by maintaining clear communication among radiologists and radiology technologists. Improved collaboration lends itself to ongoing feedback regarding the quality of images and the amount of exposure. Additionally, it’s important for imaging centers to avail themselves of technological improvements that can allow for better images with less radiation.

    The professionals at Advanced Medical Imaging strictly adhere to the standards of ALARA to ensure patient safety. Our imaging center provides MRI exams, CT scans, and much more within a comfortable setting. If you live in Denver, Lakewood, Boulder, or beyond, you can schedule an MRI, CT scan, or other imaging test by calling (303) 647-6504. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans for MRIs and other exams, and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

    Using Mammograms to Test for Breast Cancer

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Mammograms are an effective tool in the fight against breast cancer. This type of imaging study uses X-rays to create images of breast tissue. Routine screening mammograms are performed to determine whether there are any abnormalities. Diagnostic mammograms may be performed if a patient or doctor discovers an abnormality, such as a lump.

    You can learn what to expect during your mammogram by watching this video. You’ll see what the mammography machine looks like, you’ll learn why your breasts will be gently flattened between two special plates, and you’ll see what an X-ray of healthy breast tissue looks like.

    At the comprehensive breast center of Advanced Medical Imaging, we use state-of-the-art technology to ensure accurate results. Residents of the Lakewood, Boulder, and Denver areas can schedule a mammogram or MRI by calling (303) 647-6504. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.

    Understanding Bone Density Testing

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Before bone density testing was widely available, doctors tended to diagnose osteoporosis only after a patient suffered a fractured bone. Thanks to advances in imaging technology; however, patients can know learn whether they’re at risk of osteoporosis or already have it, enabling them to take preventive measures for their wellness. Before having a bone density test or other type of imaging study such as an MRI exam, call the imaging center to determine if there are any particular preparations you need to make prior to your appointment.

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    Candidates for the Test

    Bone density testing is recommended for women who are over the age of 65 and for men who are over the age of 70. However, your doctor may refer you to an imaging center at a younger age if you have a high risk of osteoporosis. Risk factors include tobacco use, a family history of osteoporosis, excessive alcohol consumption, early menopause, or a history of hormone treatment. You may also be a good candidate for bone density testing if you have suffered a bone fracture.

    Types of Bone Density Tests

    The most commonly used test for bone density testing is called dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). This test uses a low dose of x-rays. A central DEXA scan involves lying on a table as the scanner passes over you. A peripheral DEXA test uses a smaller machine to take measurements of the density of your wrist, fingers, legs, or heel bones.

    Results of the Test

    As with an MRI exam and other imaging studies, you may need to wait a few days before receiving the results of the bone density test. If you have a T-score of -1.0 or higher, you’re considered within a normal range. If your T-score is below -2.5, you have osteoporosis.

    You can schedule a bone density test, MRI exam, joint injection, or other diagnostic procedure at Advanced Medical Imaging. Residents of the Denver, Lakewood, and Boulder areas can contact us at (303) 647-6504. We also invite you to explore our website to read more about bone density testing, MRI exams, and related topics. At AMI, we offer cost-effective self-pay plans and are contracted with most insurance carriers.


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