Monthly Archives: October 2015

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Big news At Open MRI of Pueblo

We’ve got big news here at Open MRI of Pueblo! We’ve officially added an on-site radiologist to our team, and we couldn’t be more excited! Dr. Sean Takeuchi is coming to us from Kearney, NE, and we’re so happy to welcome him!

Dr. Takeuchi received a medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine, and has been in practice as a radiologist for over 19 years now. He has a specialty in Radiology and a subspecialty in Abdominal Imaging, and he’s going to be a great addition to our center!

With Dr. Takeuchi available, Open MRI of Pueblo will be able to perform any scan that needs contrast injections for Medicare patients, something we weren’t able to do in the past. While most insurances don’t require a radiologist on site for contrast injections, Medicare requires the center to have a Board Certified Radiologist on site…AKA Dr. Takeuchi!

Performing scans that require contrast injections for Medicare patients isn’t the only benefit Dr. Takeuchi will bring to our center, though.

“Having a radiologist on site is just so beneficial because if our staff has a question in regards to an urgent finding for a patient, they can consult Dr. Takeuchi. For example, if a patient told us they had some artifact in their body before they were scanned, we could ask Dr. Takeuchi if he’s MRI safe. He’ll be a great resource for our patients, our staff, and our referring physicians!”-Steve Medina, Marketing Rep

Because of his busy schedule, Dr. Takeuchi will be working at our center just four days out of every month, so his appointment book is sure to fill up fast. Make sure that you schedule your appointment in advance, and please join us in welcoming Dr. Takeuchi to Open MRI of Pueblo!

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New Imaging Bike Helmet Records Brain Activity Like Never Before

 

Okay, so it’s not a real bike helmet.

Scientists in Europe have found a way to combine MRI and MEG scans together to measure brain activity in real time, and it just looks like a bike helmet.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans for structure, measuring blood flow and oxygenation levels.

Magnetoencephalography (MEG) scans for activity as brain cells fire a message.

This is an incredible breakthrough because it can help doctors understand what is exactly happening in the brain. It could be helpful for patients with epilepsy, help during brain surgery, and visualizing specific areas for research.

In the past, doctors used functional MRI (fMRI) scans which measures brain activity using recorded changes in blood flow. The combination of MRI and MEG is a step up from this strategy because the changes in blood flow is too slow to get a really accurate reading.

Also, most measurements are taken at separate times, putting the patient in a different situation, so the researcher cannot be positive that the two readings are coherent.

By combining the two scans into one, cohesive unit:

  • The doctors can save money on equipment
  • The patients can save money on scans
  • The technology can be more widely available
  • MEG (which is severely underutilized) scans can become more widespread

Some further research to be done with this technology can help patients with depression, anxiety, and even schizophrenia.

Gregory Miller, the University College California – Los Angeles’ clinical psychologist, says, “It’s been common to assume that a scientist has to choose which type of imaging method is best, but that’s like trying to decide whether a hammer or chisel is better. For some jobs, one is clearly better. For other jobs, you need both.”

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Metal Yoga Pants? MRI Safety Faux Pas

It’s true. Apparently the comfortable, stretch, barely-there yoga pants all girls know and love have metal mesh built into the fabric, which is what helps keep the body dry during exercise.

How metal mesh actually helps prevent sweat is a whole other conundrum.

So Ruby of ClassicRuby.com says, “when I was asked today whether my parents were LuLu Lemon…I thought the MRI technician was a little crazy. But, as you can see, there is in fact metal in the yoga pants…”

 

It’s important to note what you’re wearing because the MRI is actually one giant magnet. Sure, you should think to take off your glasses and leave your credit cards and phone outside, but you might not think to take note of your clothes.

So, what happens? Your pants rip off and stick to the magnet? No.

“It’ll get hot. Like, second or third degree burn hot. Anywhere your pants, or shirt for that matter, hit.”

And that’s exactly what happened to a woman in Calgary. This is a cautionary tale. Always check the tags of your clothing before entering these machines, just to be safe.

You can read more on Classic Ruby here.