Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Veterans Day: A Day To Remember

There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans living in the United States of America today. Over 9 million of them are grandparents. Nearly 2 million are women. Every single one of those 23.2 million veterans has a family and friends, and chances are you’re one of those family members or one of those friends.

It can be easy during the year to forget about our fellow citizens who serve, especially if we don’t know one personally. On days like today, though, we are called to remember the brave sacrifices of the men and women who put their lives on the line for us.

To our veterans young and old, male and female: thank you.

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Spotlight: John Lucero

We’re blessed to have some incredibly talented people on staff here at Open MRI of Pueblo, and John Lucero is no exception! John Lucero has been working in radiology since 1995, and is fluent in X-Ray, CAT Scan, and MRI. He’s worked with Dr. Damadian, one of the inventors of MRI, and Dr. Minkoff who was the first person to ever be imaged by MRI. He travels all over the US teaching technologists scanning techniques and various aspects of radiological imaging.

He has also had the pleasure of working with Dr. Harshfield who pioneered PRP injections, inhalations, and Cranio-Cervical Junction Syndrome (CCJ). Dr. Lucero designed the protocol and the scans to image the CCJ structures, alar ligaments, and all other structures in that anatomical area which was then published into a book.

Additionally, he scans astronauts for NASA pre and post space missions for evaluating the effects of zero-gravity on their vision – how cool is that?

If all of that wasn’t great enough, Lucero is also very passionate about the importance of bedside manner. He says this about what it means to him:

“The technologist–patient relationship is central to the practice of healthcare and is essential for the delivery of high-quality health care in diagnosis and treatment.”

When we asked about a personal experience that guided his personal philosophy on bedside manner, he told us the following story:

“I have had numerous surgical operations since the age of 7 days old.  Throughout my childhood and adulthood, I have had many experiences with healthcare professionals, facilities, and various medical procedures.  I believe this gives me an extra “edge” for having good bedside manner since I have often been on the patient side.  This allows me to have a better understanding of the patient’s emotions and feelings since I have been a patient all my life.”

How does Lucero see medicine changing in the future? He tells us, “I see medicine changing toward less invasive procedures that enable the body to heal itself.  Less pharmaceuticals, less surgical procedures, and more focus on healthy eating and living.  There are exciting things happening everyday that imply less side effects for treatments including PRP and stem cells.”

He has a great passion for MRI, and says that he will continue to consult, scan, learn, and teach about this wonderful tool in medicine.

Way to go John! We look forward to seeing all of your continuing work.