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Your dogs can get an MRI too!

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We all love our dogs; they are man’s best friend. We love them so much and want them to be able to do everything that we can do. Now, dogs are able to participate in our favorite medical examination, an MRI!

 

The Study

 

A new study has used dogs as their main subject to see if dogs actually know what you are saying. The study even explored the way a person will say words can impact your dog and how they respond. The results that came from this MRI study were interesting, and determined that dogs can process information in the same way that humans can. Dogs use the left side of their brain, just like humans, to process information. They also use the right hemisphere, to separate words from the way someone says it.

    

How it worked

 

The study involved 13 different types of dogs, who were all instructed to sit still for minutes in order to take images of the brain to measure neural activity. A dog trainer was instructed to say words while the dogs were in the MRI machine. Words such as, ‘clever’, and ‘good boy’ were used. The MRI machine then recorded the brain activity of the dog and showed where the dog received the words in the brain, either the left, or right hemisphere.

 

The results

 

The results of this study were shocking, showing that when the dogs heard words that sounded like praises, their reward center in the brain lit up. This means that even just nice words used for when a dog does something good, can mean that the dog will interpret it as a treat.

 

Even though the results of this MRI study were surprising, the most surprising result is the fact that dogs can get MRI’s just like their human counterparts. Even though here at, Open MRI of Pueblo, we do not offer MRIs for dogs, we do offer MRIs for humans. If you need an MRI appointment contact our office at 719-404-0991.

    

 

 

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Awesome MRI Experiments

 

MRI machines serve a highly practical purpose for people in the medical field. Through imaging, they can identify tumors, bone fractures, and measure brain activity. They’re relatively safe, pain-free, and don’t expose the patient to any levels of radiation. Most people view MRI’s as just a medical tool to determine injuries, but they’ve proven very useful in measuring all sorts of interesting things from a scientific standpoint. Doctors have been using MRI machines to experiment for years while monitoring a number of unique situations, and the results that they found are kind of cool!

Some of the most interesting experiments were ones that monitored brain activity or imaging while…

Musicians played jazz.

A woman gave birth.

Actors read T.S. Eliot.

Subjects played video games.

Animals were released into the MRI room.

Subjects had sex.

For each of these situations, the results were interesting and unique. During the experiment with the woman who gave birth, doctors were able to witness the whole internal process through the MRI imaging in extraordinary detail, allowing them to watch the baby’s head change shape throughout the birthing process.

In the jazz experiment, which was focused on musicians in regards of improvisation, doctors discovered that while improvising, some musicians are able to shut off the part of their brain that controls self-monitoring. The ability to do this enables musicians to carry on in their improvisation regardless of whether or not they make a mistake, and helps them not to be so consciously aware of how well they are performing.

Although we’re not quite sure how anyone came up with the idea to perform any of these experiments, we’re glad that they did! Studies like this help show how diverse the MRI machine really is, and the scope of things that it can be useful for. If you’re interested in reading more in-depth about the results behind these experiments, check out the article “6 Cool Things People Have Done Inside MRI Scanners”.

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Why are MRI’s more expensive than a CT scan?

 

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It’s not a question that medical diagnostic imaging procedures can come with a hefty price tag. Some procedures can be quite a bit more expensive than others. One huge difference that some patients don’t understand, is the large price difference between an MRI and a CT. These two procedures both have their reasons for the high cost.

 

Breaking Down: An MRI

 

MRIs, which stand for magnetic resonance imaging, uses powerful magnets in addition with high radio wave frequency to produce images of the organs, tissues and the bones. MRI’s produce really clear images of abnormal tissues in the body. The average cost of an MRI can depend on where you are located but can set you back anywhere between, $500-$2,000.

 

Breaking Down: A CT

 

A CT scan, otherwise known as a computed tomography scan, sends x-rays through the body and can accurately develop images of the blood vessels. While a CT can also see images of the organs, and tissues, the images are not often as clear as an MRI. CT’s will set you back only a couple hundred dollars compared to an MRI which could be thousands of dollars. A CT costs on average $200-$800.

 

Why the difference in prices?

 

The explanation of the price difference of these two imaging procedures can be explained in the quality of the scans. MRI’s have a better, clearer image than a CT. This reveals why MRI’s can be thousands of dollars. As well as this, CT’s cannot see the bone as clearly as the MRI, while MRI’s are commonly used to examine injuries or broken bones.

 

MRI’s and CT’s have plenty of similarities, and are both respected tools in the medical community. If you are looking for an affordable MRI look no further than Open MRI of Pueblo. We offer low prices on MRI’s starting at under $500. Book your appointment by calling Open MRI of Pueblo at 719-404-0991.

 

 

 

 

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Is an MRI More Accurate Than a Mammography?

While detecting residual breast cancer, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is said to be superior to mammography. Studies show good overall accuracy with an MRI test.

The team compiled 44 studies, working with 2050 patients with 2068 cases of ductal carcinoma, stages II and III.

In summary, the MRI accuracy was 0.88, which is fantastic. While some may argue that the use of contrast in the photographs may cause a likelihood of false-positives, mammography was, in fact, less accurate. Furthermore, the accuracy of an MRI and an ultrasound examination were comparable.

Marinovich with the Journal of the National Cancer Institute states, “the comparative accuracy of MRI and combined ultrasound and clinical examination warrants further investigation.” To read more about these findings, the article can be viewed here.

For an MRI, visit the Open MRI of Pueblo, or call 719-404-0991. Their website is www.openmripueblo.com.

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The best way to get psyched for your MRI exam

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MRI exams are arguably the best imaging procedure in the entire diagnostic imaging world, (we might be a little biased). However, to the rest of the world MRI’s can seem like a drag. Most people ask us, why would you want to spend 45 minutes under a magnet that makes the loudest noise ever. Well, we think MRI’s can be amusing and we have developed a list of activities to get psyched for your next MRI exam.

 

  • Bring a music playlist

Whether you’re into rock, hip hop, or pop, bring a playlist that gets you excited. A playlist that we recommend is the one that you use to workout. This will get your heart rate going and make your endorphins flow. As a bonus, if you’re getting a cardiac MRI we will be able to see your heart beating to the music.

 

  • Use affirming words

The best way to get excited for your MRI is to use affirming words. We recommend telling yourself that you are going to have a great time, it will be painless, quick, and easy. These affirming words will change your mindset from being bored about your MRI to having a ball during your MRI.

 

  • Use a treat as an incentive

MRI’s are painless and need little to no concentration whatsoever. However, using a a treat such as, getting ice cream, or grabbing a yummy dinner after, can be a reward to go into your MRI with a happy head on your shoulders.

 

  • Think about the images of your body

An MRI in the end will only help you and your health in the end. So know when you go in that the MRI is preventing something from making you unhealthy. Also, the images of the inside of your body will be so cool you’ll want to frame them.

 

With these tips you can go into your next MRI being excited, and overjoyed that you get the opportunity to have an MRI scan. Need to make an appointment? Call us at Open MRI of Pueblo to schedule your appointment at 719-404-0991.

 

 

 

 

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Drafting a healthcare provider

 

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Football season is finally upon us, but it’s likely that at this point you’ve probably had enough drafting drama to last for a lifetime. Drafting a killer fantasy team isn’t easy, and drafting a killer league in all four of your fantasy leagues? Even less likely. Most of us will be lucky to come out with one or two mediocre teams, and will be even luckier if those players make it through the regular season without a season-ending injury (we’re looking at you, Keenan Allen).

The best thing you can do to make sure your fantasy team is as great as it possibly can be is to ask yourself a few simple questions. Ironically, they’re pretty similar to the questions you’d ask yourself if instead of drafting Todd Gurley, you were drafting a health care provider.

Did you do  your  research?

We’ve all  been there  before. Your  computer is  starting to  beep at you,  the ticker is counting down, and suddenly you’ve got just 90 seconds to decide who’s worth taking with your first-round pick. Your eyes are frantically jumping back and forth between Antonio Brown, OBJ, Julio Jones, or if you’re one of those people who wastes first round picks on quarterbacks just to mess the whole draft up…Cam Newton. You start to panic, and before you know it your time is down to 5 seconds. You do probably the worst thing possible—you close your eyes and just click on someone. Shortly later it’s followed up with a “DID I SERIOUSLY JUST TAKE ANDREW LUCK IN THE FIRST ROUND?!” and a face-palm. It never pays to not do your research, in fantasy or in the real world. Being prepared and knowing your options goes a long way towards reducing that last-minute panic and making sure that you end up with a stellar team.

What is the quality of the services offered?

This is obviously a pretty important factor when you’re drafting your fantasy lineup, but it’s also a huge influencer when you’re trying to decide where to go for an MRI or whether or not to choose someone as your PCP. In fantasy, saying “Oh that person’s a wide receiver, I need a wide receiver, I’ll pick them” usually doesn’t end well. Sure, there may be multiple players available for the position that you need, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all the same skill level. The same can be said for your medical needs. It’s not enough to say “I need an MRI, that place offers MRI’s, let me book one”. All MRI machines are not created equal, and neither are all medical imaging centers. There’s a lot of disparity in quality of services and quality of care, and it’s important to know that the center you choose provides you with the best services available.

Do they meet your particular needs?

You may get to some point in the draft where there’s a player left that you really like. Maybe he’s a rookie running back but he’s had a great preseason and you know he’s gonna have an awesome year (*cough cough* Ezekial Elliot). If you’re sitting with 3 running backs already and you’re still short on wide receivers, though, you’d better let him pass. Everyone has different needs, but it’s important to focus your decisions around those needs. Don’t draft a player in a position you’re already too heavy on, don’t choose a medical imaging center that charges you more than you can afford. Understand the reality of the situation, evaluate your particular needs, and make your decision accordingly.

Are you taking your personal feelings into account?

At the end of the day, it’s not just about doing your research, assessing the quality, and evaluating your needs. Whether you’re drafting a fantasy team or a medical imaging center, one of the final most important things you can do when trying to make a decision is to make sure you’re taking your personal feelings into account. In real life, the office staff at one center might make you feel more welcomed and cared for, and that might be something you really value that influences your overall decision. In fantasy, it’s the same thing. Maybe you’ll stick your neck out and draft your favorite team’s defense instead of a slightly better one, just because that team pride and loyalty matters to you. And that’s ok!

Researching all your options, determining the quality of the services offered, evaluating exactly how each option meets your particular needs, but then also allowing yourself to let your personal feelings help shape your final decision, are all things that we as either patients of fantasy football whiz’s should do when drafting our medical imaging center or team. In the end, you’ll be a much happier person.

 

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What’s the difference between an MRI and an MRA?

 

In the world of radiology, there are so many types of procedures that can be done. At Pueblo, we specialize in open MRI’s, we utilize open MRI’s for the comfort of our patients. A common diagnostic imaging exam that routinely gets mixed up with an MRI is a scan called an MRA. The confusion begs the questions: What’s the difference between and MRI and an MRA?

 

What is an MRI?

 

MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. MRI is an imaging technique that uses strong magnetic fields, and radio waves to produce an in-depth picture into the human body. MRI’s are commonly used for injuries, soft tissues, and muscles. It is a highly common procedure and takes about 45 minutes to complete.

 

What is an MRA?

 

MRA stands for magnetic resonance angiography. MRA is similar to an MRI because it lets you see inside the body in the same fashion as an MRI does. However, an MRA focuses more on the blood vessels of the body rather than an MRI which focuses on the bones. Patients who have had blood clots, a stroke, or heart disease have most likely gotten an MRA. Angiography means to look at the inside of blood vessels, that’s the basic difference between MRI’s and MRA’s.

 

Are they similar?

An MRI and an MRA are actually the exact same machine and used in the exact same way. However, MRI’s look at internal organs, the chest, pelvis, abdomen, and an MRA looks inside a person’s blood vessels. These exams both also usually take the same amount of time which is 30-45 minutes.

 

We know medical imaging can seem tricky to understand, but it’s really easy once it’s all laid out!  At Pueblo, we want our patients to be informed and aware of the variety of diagnostic imaging procedures. If you’re in need of an MRI, make an appointment with us today. We would love to answer any questions and assist you along your medical imaging journey.