3D printing may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but it is being used in the real world to solve present day problems. Actually, 3D printing has been around since the 1980s and it has been used in the medical field since the early 2000s. In recent years, 3D printing aided surgeons in the separation of conjoined twins. Here's how 3D printing and radiology have combined forces to push innovations within the medical field:
In recent years, interventional radiology has been used to treat uterine fibroids in a minimally invasive and very safe way. They do this through Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) which is a safe and effective non-surgical option for women to consider when dealing with uterine fibroids. But, before we explain UFE. We need to ask, “what are uterine fibroids?”
Nuclear medicine is a subject about which patients are often unaware or uninformed. If a physician mentions it, then it may just sound like scary medical jargon to a patient. Nuclear medicine often times frightens patients in fear of it being dangerous. However, it is a form of medicine that is becoming more and more common and the numerous benefits are being explored. So, what are the true pros & cons of nuclear medicine?
Having accredited over 38,000 within 10 different modalities, the ACR strives to continually raise the bar when it comes to patients. In fact, the ACR cares so much about patients that it has an entire commission focused on providing quality patient experiences within imaging. So, what is ACR accreditation?
For the past few decades, women and researchers have been trying to figure out when women should start getting mammograms. A mammogram screens for breast cancer, and it is critical in order to detect cancer as early as possible. Early detection is one of the best tactics in effectively beating cancer, so this topic of the utmost importance
Radiology has more or less been a field of medicine since the late 19th century, which means that it is a relatively new field. Despite its young age, however, there have been many major technological advancements that have completely transformed what radiology looks like and how it is practiced.
These diagnostic imaging tests are invaluable to the treatment of countless diseases and conditions. Physicians can use these highly detailed images of the body to pinpoint exactly what is wrong with a patient, or how a specific disease is affecting a patient's soft tissues. As a science, radiology is largely dependent on technological advancement. For that reason, there are a quite a few famous radiologists throughout history who have made important contributions to the field.
Often times, patients are a bit confused as to what a radiologist actually does. To put it in layman’s terms, Radiologists are doctors who diagnose and treat certain conditions using a wide variety of imaging techniques, like x-rays, CT scans, and MRI’s. They use these imaging techniques to diagnose everything from broken bones to serious heart conditions and act as important consultants to your primary physician. Learn more:
Typically, children feel unnerved when they're told they need to undergo a mysterious X-ray. So, what can you do as their parent? Here are some great tactics that are geared towards putting your child in the driver seat and not only educating them that x-rays don’t hurt. They also help children to understand that the worst of what to expect (you have to hold still when they tell you) and build their comfort level as an x-ray expert.
Osteoporosis is when bones thin out due to aging and other factors. It often leads to broken bones and fractures. What increases the risks is aging, being female, lack of hormones, low body weight, menopause, smoking, and medications. Supplements, exercise, and lifestyle changes can help with the disease. In severe cases medications and surgery are options.
Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? Unfortunately, heart disease is highly preventable which is why February is dedicated to spreading awareness about preventing this common killer. You can save your loved ones by encouraging them to look after their heart during this month of love and throughout the year. Here are 5 tips you can recommend to the ones you love:
At Bay Imaging Consultants, we often get strange repetitive remarks from patients wanting to know if they would “glow” from their x-rays or set off metal detectors. I even had patients who wanted to know if their skin would burn from too many images. Some said it out of humor and some from sheer terror, regardless, many perceptions that patients have about the world of radiology stems from things they have read about the early day shenanigans and real life tragedies scientists faced when discovering this “unknown” ray called “x”. Thankfully, radiology has come a long way since those days.
The American Cancer Society used to recommend that women start getting annual mammograms at age 40, but this recommendation has recently been changed to recommend that women begin annual mammograms starting at age 45. Also, recently the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force reviewed the latest research findings on the subject and currently recommends that women begin regular mammography screening at age 50, with a frequency of once every two years rather than annually.
Having a broken bone is a painful experience. But the hospital visit is only half of the inconvenience. Finding what to do during this time can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are plenty of bed rest activities available to kill the time, including being immersed in your favorite TV show.
An IVP, or intravenous pyelogram, is an x-ray test that provides pictures of the kidneys, urethra, bladder, and ureters. An IVP can measure the size, shape, and position of the urinary tract and evaluate what is collected inside the kidneys. During this test, a dye called contrast material is injected into the arm and then multiple x-rays are taken at different intervals.
As the parent of a child needing an MRI, you likely have endless questions and thoughts racing through your mind. These situations often involve a lot of stress and concerns about many things. Of course, the number one concern is usually your child’s safety. Because of that, a common question in parents’ minds regards concerns about whether the MRI itself is safe for the child.
Throughout the past three decades, medical imaging has revolutionized the methods medical professionals use, interpret, diagnose and treat medical ailments and life-threatening diseases. Medical imaging is regularly ranked as one of the top medical developments in “recent” history—meaning over the last 1,000 years or so—as both patients and medical professionals have evaluated and experienced the vast benefits of medical imaging for saving lives.
Your skeletal frame is what supports you through your daily life, but not many people think too much about their bones. What do bones do? What are bones? If you were to ask someone these questions you would probably get responses like “bones support the body” and “the strong white things that have calcium.”
Have you met someone who was dealing with high blood pressure? Chances are you have considering 29% of American adults are battling against high blood pressure. That’s nearly 75 million Americans that are at risk for heart disease, stroke, and premature death. But, what exactly is high blood pressure and how can it increase your risk for these dangerous medical conditions?
With the NFL coming to the final leg of the season, teams are learning whether injuries have broken their season goals, or whether their season has been lucky enough to rest on the healthy shoulders of their players. So, as health and durability are proving to be a force in team success late in the season, let’s look at the top 5 injuries so far this season: