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.

No-Shave November: So Much More than a Grooming Statement

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No-shave November may seem like an excuse to grow a Grizzly Adams beard before winter, but we’re here to let you know this sweeping national movement is so much more than that. The month-long journey of hair-raising proportions is meant to promote awareness and spark conversation around cancer of all kinds.

The rules are simple: hide your razor for the month of November and, in turn, donate your monthly grooming expenses to the cause. “Movember” encourages participation of all kinds; so don’t fret if beard growing isn’t your thing. No-Shave November urges men, women, and people of all ages to join in the fight to find a cure for cancer.   

But…why the hair?

The origin of No-Shave November came from the idea that by growing out your hair and embracing that simple opportunity, you can call awareness and attention to those who lose their hair during their brave fight against cancer. By donating what you’d typically spend grooming, you can contribute to education and early detection of different the many different cancers that claim too many lives each year.

Which organizations benefit?

While you can create your own personal or office-wide No-Shave November programs and donate the proceeds to the cancer organization of your choosing, the official No-Shave November program benefits the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Fight Colorectal Cancer organization, and the St. Jude’s Research Hospital. But again, your donation could go to anything from breast cancer awareness and providing screening mammograms to programs that help cancer patients and their families financially.

How can I get involved?

Beyond donating your own grooming funds to a charitable organization fighting cancer, you could coordinate a Movember event that fosters participation in your office, church, school, etc. It’s easy for the real meaning of No-Shave November to get lost among the jokes and memes, so you can work to be the driving force that helps remind participants of true meaning behind this live-saving mission. Encourage folks to not just grow their hair and beards out, but also donate a portion of money that would equate to their usual cost of grooming to an organization. 

What if my office says “no” to beards?

Let’s face it, not everyone can grow a beard and many corporate offices have rules against radical facial hair. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be an advocate for cancer awareness! Put together an event to raise money for an organization of your choosing, and just leave the hair out of it!

How does BICRAD participate?

BICRAD is not only dedicated to spreading the word about early detection to fight cancer, we are also involved in a number of community events to raise both money and awareness on the journey to curing cancer.  

Make sure your Movember is not just a fun reason to grow a beard or stop shaving your legs. Take the month to educate yourself on cancer, any family history of the disease, and your opportunities for routine screening. No-Shave November is a great way to start open conversations with your friends and loved ones about the importance of early detection, healthy habits, and education. And lastly, take the month as an opportunity to be grateful for your own good health.

What Is ACR Accreditation & Why Does It Matter?

You shouldn’t have to play Russian roulette with your doctor’s medical abilities. But, how is it possible to know that you’ll be taken care of properly when you’re entrusting your medical needs in a new doctor’s hands? Quite simply. ACR accreditation is your answer. So, what is it?

Everything You Need To Know About Nuclear Medicine

When we hear the word nuclear, most of our minds travel to anxious thoughts of bombs and war, but the word holds a different meaning in the world of medicine. You may have already heard the term “nuclear medicine”, but what is nuclear medicine? It’s been popping up more in medical-related conversations, but what does it have to do with you? Read more to find out!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Signs & Symptoms Of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women, making it a very real threat to women worldwide. The first step to fighting breast cancer is knowing the signs and symptoms of the disease – here’s where to start.  

5 Renowned Radiologists and Their Contributions To Our Industry

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Radiology as a medical specialty is a relatively young field. It’s beginnings can be traced to 1895 after the first x-ray machine was invented. Radiology can simply be defined as the science of radiation and radiation imaging. According to Dr. Catherine Phillips MD, “most people believe a radiologist only does x-rays, but, actually, they are responsible for imaging in all modalities. That includes x-rays, CT scans, MRI’s, PET scans, and much more.”

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.

Let’s look at a few of these “founding fathers” and the history of radiology timeline:

1.     Wilhelm Rontgen (1895):

Wilhelm Rontgen, a Dutch/German physicist, and mechanical engineer are responsible for the founding invention of radiology. In 1895 Rontgen discovered x-ray radiation and its ability to produce images of bones. He was intrigued by this new type of ray and found that it’s properties allowed him to see through non-transparent objects. He performed the first x-ray test on his wife, Anna Bertha Ludwig. From these x-ray experiments in Rontgen’s modest laboratory, the entire field of radiology was born. Rontgen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.

2.     Ian Donald (1956):

Ian Donald was a Scottish obstetrician and physician who was the first person to use ultrasound imaging in medicine. Donald served in the Royal Air Force during World War II where he developed a keen interest in radar and sonar. This interest would push him to use these sciences for medical ultrasound purposes. The ultrasound uses sound waves to create real-time images of internal body structures. While most notably it is used to view fetal development in pregnant women, it can also be used to view tendons, muscles, joints, and internal organs.

3.     Godfrey Hounsfield & Allan Cormack (1971):

Hounsfield and Cormack were the two electrical engineers who invented the x-ray computed tomography (CT) scan in 1971. They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1979 for this important contribution to the field. The CT scan uses a combination of x-rays and computer software to create cross-sectional images of specific portions of the body. This invention further established radiology as a cutting edge, hi-tech field of science. The CT scan can produce highly detailed images of the brain, lungs, heart, and other internal organs. Ct scans help diagnose and treat a wide array of diseases from cancer to brain injury.

4.     Raymond Vahan Damadian (1979):

Damadian invented the first commercial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine in 1979. The MRI scan is different from the CT scan and other radiological procedures in that it does not use x-rays at all. The MRI uses magnetic fields, radio waves, and field gradients to generate images of internal organs. MRIs are becoming more and more popular in medicine today. They are one of the most prescribed imaging tests and are used to diagnose tumors, brain injury, aneurysms, blocked blood vessels, spinal injuries, tendon and muscle problems, and much, much more.

5.     Ronald Nutt and David Townsend (1998):

Townsend and Nutt are considered the inventors of the PET-CT scanner. This scan uses Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT) simultaneously to add a precise anatomic localization to functional imaging. PET scans use radioactive pharmaceutical injections. As the injected substance interacts with the electrons of the body, both positron and electron are annihilated and two gamma photons are produced. These photons move in opposite directions of one another, and the PET scan detects them and uses these photons to create the three-dimensional diagnostic image. The PET-CT scanner uses CT technology to then combine with PET scan and locates tumors, etc. precisely. 

Radiology has come a long way from Dr. Rontgen’s laboratory. The simple x-ray image of his wife’s hand provided the groundwork for the high-tech nuclear medicine techniques and 3D images of today’s radiologists. Radiology history shows us that over the course of one hundred years the field has not only changed and improved drastically, but it has also revolutionized diagnostic medicine. Who knows where radiology technology will be in another hundred years.

Identifying & Treating Traumatic Brain Injury In Children

Identifying & Treating Traumatic Brain Injury In Children

Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries are all-too-common among children. Because of the prevalence, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of traumatic brain injury in children, including what it is, how to identify TBI in children, your role as the parent in helping children cope after TBI and understanding options for treatment of a traumatic brain injury in children.

Yoga For Bone And Spine Health

Yoga For Bone And Spine Health

September is National Yoga Month, and seeing as it’s right around the corner we felt it right to talk a little about how yoga can help improve your bone and spine health. Maintaining your bone health is vital, particularly as we age, and not doing so can mean the loss of bone density and, eventually, osteoporosis. Frequent exercise and even yoga can help strengthen your bones, your spine, and your muscles as well. Here are some more specifics on how yoga can help build your bone and spine health.

Interventional Radiology 101: What Is An Angiogram?

Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology, which utilizes imaging tests as seeing-guides to facilitate minimally-invasive procedures, such as an angiogram. What Is An Angiogram? Well, An angiogram is a type of interventional radiology procedure that uses X-ray technology to guide a small tube called a catheter through the patient’s major arteries.

Lung Cancer Risk Factors And Screening Options

Awareness is everything, and knowing the many risk factors for lung cancer can help minimize your risk of developing the condition. Here are some of the main lung cancer risk factors and the screening methods you can get to test for lung cancer.

Carpal Tunnel: The Musculoskeletal Disorder Of The Digital Age

Carpal tunnel is a common musculoskeletal disorder that targets our wrists and causes pain in the hands. It particularly affects those who use their hands in a repetitive way, such as for typing, playing an instrument, or even texting. To learn more about this musculoskeletal disorder, read on to “What Is Carpal Tunnel?” for specifics about the symptoms and causes of carpal tunnel, and how we can work to diagnose and treat it.

Diagnostic Radiology: 7 Imaging Scans You Can Get At Our BICRAD Locations

Before choosing a radiology center for your imaging needs, you should check for certain things: whether they hire board-certified radiologists, if they are an American College of Radiology accredited facility, and the range of services they offer. At Bay Imaging Consultants (BICRAD), we don’t believe in providing anything less than top notch care, whatever your radiology need, we can cover it!

Top 5 Risk Factors For Heart Disease

The heart disease statistics are staggering, and while there isn’t always a way to change genetically predisposed risk factors for heart disease, there are risk factors for heart disease associated with lifestyle choices that can radically increase your odds of developing a cardiovascular disease. Here are the top 5 risk factors for heart disease, that you can actually do something about.

Rural VS Urban Mammogram Screening Rates Vary Widely In These 9 States

Annual mammograms are so often stressed for women over 45 — yet, despite the huge push for early detection methods, there are many factors that affect a women’s likelihood of getting a mammogram screening, especially in rural areas of the country. Here are 9 states with the biggest disparity of screening between women living in rural versus metropolitan areas.

Staying Aware Of Breast Cancer In Men

Although breast cancer is extremely rare in men, it can also affect them. Lack of awareness makes breast cancer extremely dangerous for men, who often do not consider their symptoms to be signs of breast cancer until the disease is more advanced. This is why we wanted to take a moment to discuss breast cancer in men, including which risk factors and symptoms to be aware of.

The Different Types Of Ultrasounds: 2D, 3D, and 4D

There are different types of ultrasounds, such as 3D and 4D ultrasounds, which show a different perspective than the ordinary 2D ultrasounds. In this blog, we’d like to take the time to talk a little about the different types of ultrasounds available, and their different uses.

Risk Factors, Signs and Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is common in men over 65 years of age, and the third-leading cause of death among men in the U.S. Here, we’ll look at the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, as well as common risk factors. Knowing these can lead to early detection, which may increase chances of survival.

Seven Warning Signs Of Breast Cancer

Don’t wait until Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October to do a self breast exam or schedule a mammography, breast cancer certainly won’t. If you suspect something different is occurring in your breast, here are seven warning signs of breast cancer you should check for.

What Is Hypertension And How Can It Affect You

Just last year, the American Heart Association estimated that about 45.6 percent of Americans suffer from high blood pressure in the United States. Yet despite this, there are still some who ask, what is hypertension? If you or someone you know have been diagnosed with hypertension, here is everything you need to know.

Men's Health 101: What Is An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm And When You Should Get Screened For It

As men, we are prone to some conditions that solely affect us as men and to others which simply appear more often in men; an abdominal aortic aneurysm is one those. Let’s take some time this Men’s Health Month to get screened for the conditions we are most at risk for.