Carpal Tunnel: The Musculoskeletal Disorder Of The Digital Age

Whether its texting or typing, the digital age has taken over our work lives and personal lives. While technology has various benefits, common digital devices such as phones and computers can cause musculoskeletal problems. Carpal tunnel is a common musculoskeletal disorder that has been effecting technology users for years, but its effects have increased over the past few years. So, here's everything you need to know about this digital age disorder:

Musculoskeletal Disorders: Where Our Radiologists & Bay Area's Professional Athletes Meet

Where do professional athletes in the Bay Area turn for expert diagnosis and care? BICRAD. Our radiologists specializing in musculoskeletal radiology focus on patients' bones, joints, and muscles by interpreting images from MRI, CT and ultrasound exams. Musculoskeletal radiologists also perform diagnostic and therapeutic joint injection procedures. We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to fully cover the musculoskeletal topic:

Coping With Scanxiety: How To Prevent Claustrophobia

 “Claustrophobia is an anxiety disorder in which the sufferer has an irrational feat of having no escape or being closed in.“ When a person experiences this they may also suffer a panic attack which results in accelerated heart rate, sweating, and nausea. Because so many patients suffer with intense scanxiety, we wanted to compile a list of helpful advice that has soothed our patients in the past. So, here are the top 9 tips our team suggests to calm your fears:

Radiology and Child Safety: Steps Professionals Take To Protect Your Child

Radiology is an invaluable tool in the diagnosis and treatment of many different injuries, diseases, and conditions; however, some people get nervous about radiology imaging tests because of the exposure to radiation. When a child suffers an injury and needs a CT scan or an MRI, parents may feel nervous. They rightfully do not want their children to suffer from radiation-related side effects, so let’s take a look at the safety measures that radiologists take to protect your children during imaging tests.

The Dynamic Duo: 3D Printing & Radiology

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:

Uterine Fibroids: The Disease All Women Need To Know About

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: Weighing Out The Pros & Cons

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?

ACR: Why You Should Go To Imaging Centers With The Golden Seal of Approval

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? 

Am I Too Young For A Mammogram?

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

10-Minute History of Radiology: Overview of Monumental Inventions

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. 

5 Renowned Radiologists and Their Contributions To Our Industry

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.

What Is A Radiologist And What Do They Do?

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:

How To Prepare Your Child For An X-Ray

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.

8 Tips For Dealing With Osteoporosis

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.

Heart Disease Prevention: 5 Ways To Protect Your Heart

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:

6 Funny Facts About The History Of Radiology

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.

5 Tell Tale Signs You Need A Mammogram

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.

Broken Bone Recovery: 5 Netflix Shows To Watch

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.

What is an IVP: Preparation, Procedure, & Results

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.

Is It Safe For My Child To Get An MRI?

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.