Monthly Archives: February 2017

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The Real Meaning Of March

 

 

The real meaning ofEvery month, and even week, of the year is designated with some sort of National health awareness initiative. February was heart health month, and now that we have slowly slipped into March we are now in the month of Colon Cancer Awareness. Colon cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, and is often overlooked. Let’s learn more about the meaning of March, and why colon cancer awareness is so important.

In 2000, Bill Clinton designated March as the official National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Ever since that day it has snowballed, increasing in popularity and becoming a rallying point for colon cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and advocates all over the U.S.

The Colon Cancer Alliance has been working since 2000 to use the month of March as a chance to increase awareness about the disease, highlight the importance of early detection, provide support and share stories of survivors and patients, and help urge everyone to start getting screened earlier.

The infographic below was created by the American Cancer Society, and it provides some key facts and statistics about colon cancer that the average American might not know.

Like with most things, those diagnosed with colon cancer have a much higher chance of surviving when the disease is detected early. As unpleasant as the prospect of a colon cancer screening is, this is an incredibly dangerous disease with a disturbingly low survival rate, especially when detected in the later stages, so it’s important for people to be proactive about getting screened regularly and at a younger age.

Now that you know the meaning of March, be proactive about your risk for colon cancer. Make sure you get screenings every year, especially if you’re over the age of 40. At Open MRI of Pueblo, we use MRI technology to detect colon cancer, just call us at 719-404-0991 to make an appointment.

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What’s An MRCP And Why Would I Need It?

 

What's an MRCPAt Open MRI of Pueblo we offer tons of different procedures. It can be confusing to keep track of them al. One procedure that we offer is called an MRCP, wonder what it is? Let’s find out what an MRCP is and why you would need one.

 

What does an MRCP stand for? 

It stands for Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography. We know it’s a mouthful.

What is it? 

An MRCP is like an MRI as it uses magnetic fields, and sound waves to create a picture of the body. It is used to evaluate the gallbladder, pancreas, liver, and bile ducts. It is a non-invasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.

Why is it used? 

An MRCP is usually used to see if there is any disease in the affected areas. Such as, tumors, stones, infections or inflammation. It is also commonly used for patients who have pancreatitis to see what’s wrong. Patients who have abdominal pain also will be advised to get an MRCP to see what the underlying cause of the pain actually is.

How do I prepare for an MRCP? 

All the rules about MRI’s apply to an MRCP. No metal, jewelry, or spare change. You will be instructed to change into a gown, and leave your belongings out of the examination room. Usually you shouldn’t eat for several hours before an MRCP examination, depending on what your doctor tells you. Also, a contrast agent might be given, also based on your doctor, so your doctor might ask if you have any allergies or ask what kind of medicine you are taking.

Now that you know what an MRCP is, come and schedule your appointment at Open MRI of Pueblo, the best place to get an MRCP.

 

 

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Top 4 Most Common Injuries For Non-Athletes

 

Top 4 most common injuriesInjuries happen. They don’t happen all the time, but they do happen. Most people associate injuries with people who are athletic, and are moving around a lot. Yes, athletes get injuries quite often, but non-athletes can get injured too! Here are some of the top injuries for non-athletes:

 

  • ACL Sprain

Your anterior cruciate ligament is one of two ligaments in the center of your knee. It is responsible for stabilizing your knee during rotational movements. I’m sure you’ve met athletes that have torn their ACL, but this isn’t an athlete exclusive injury! It can be as easy as rotating your knee too far to one side, twisting your knee, or pushing it backward. Changing directions quickly, extreme force when firmly planted, or even landing from a jump can all be cause for an ACL injury.

  • Achilles Inflammation

According to a  a 2008 study, an inflamed Achilles heel is the most common running injury. If your heel is injured, you can expect severe pain, swelling, and stiffness. The pain is worse in the morning after not being on your feet. This is a pretty irritating injury because it doesn’t heal overnight or even close to overnight. It can sometimes take up to several months to fully heal. To avoid this injury, simply train slowly, don’t push yourself too hard, and stretch your tendon.

 

  • Shin Splints

According to The Physician and Sportsmedicine, 20% of runners experience shin splints. The exact cause is still unknown, but researchers believe either of the following: the lining of the outer shin bone gets inflamed OR tiny fractures in the tibia lead to shin splints. Regardless, this injury results from a spike in exercise. If you’re working out, try not to push yourself too hard because you don’t want to end up with shin splints.

 

  • Rotator Cuff Sprain

Professional football players aren’t the only ones that suffer from this injury. You can throw your shoulder out from ordinary activities such as gardening, swimming, any shoulder intense manual labor is subject to a sprain. This shoulder injury is extremely common and can happen to anyone. A simple measure to prevent any rotator cuff sprains is to listen to your body’s pain tolerance. If you’re doing physical labor (gardening, digging, swimming) stop when it becomes too much. Otherwise you could end up with an injury that nags you for weeks…even months!

 

Always remember just because you may not be an athlete you can still get seriously injured! If you have an injury remember to come to Open MRI of Pueblo to get check out. Contact us for an appointment, and we’ll make sure your injury is taken care of properly with the right images.

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Best Netflix Shows To Watch While Your Broken Bone Heals

 

Best Netflix shows to watch

So you broke a bone. We know that having a broken bone can be a painful experience, but the ordeal, and then the hospital visit is only half of the inconvenience of breaking a bone.. Most doctors will tell you to relax, and just to take it easy while your broken bone heals. Depending on how severe the break and which bone is broken, bed rest times can range anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months. You’re probably already bored thinking of the amount of time you’ll spend just chilling in your house. Fortunately, there are plenty of bed rest activities available to kill the time, including having a HUGE Netflix marathon. Here are some popular Netflix shows to add to your favorites list and binge watch while your bone heals.

  1. Bones

Pun aside, this show is top-rated in the crime category. Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, is asked to partner with law enforcement and use her forensic skills to help solve crimes. Watch Dr. Brennan read bones while you heal your own!

  1. Shameless  

The story of this super dysfunctional family will make you feel better about your broken bones. The Gallagher family is a massive family of 8, and each family member has their own set of problems to deal. This addicting drama will have you glad you’re stuck resting in your bed.

  1. The Office

Being at home and watching a TV show about work doesn’t sound too appealing. But this show is anything but serious. It’s filmed in a mockumentary style where the cameramen follow the employees of Dunder-Mifflin, a regional paper company set in Scranton Pennsylvania. The show highlights the employees antics, especially the regional manager Michael Scott as he attempts to “manage” them. After the first episode, you’ll be so caught up in the conflict between characters and their interesting personalities that soon you’ll find yourself healed up and returning to your own office.

  1. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

There’s no better escape from the world than well, literally escaping it. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey does just that. Famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shows you stunning images and footage as he teaches you about the universe and its’ parts. . This series will make your bedroom the center of the universe and have you wishing you could stay home to witness all the mystical facts about outer space.

        5. The Walking Dead

This action series takes place in a zombie apocalypse. Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma, finding the world overrun by “crawlers.” He joins up with other survivors, and they must fight both the living and the dead to stay alive. Let’s just say you’ll be seeing a lot more broken bones in this show than in your own bedroom.

Overall, having a bone fracture doesn’t have to be a completely miserable experience, especially when you can binge-watch your favorite Netflix series. With shows this good, you’ll find yourself healed up in no time, but wishing you had more of it to cram in just a few more episodes.

Track the progress of your broken bone at Open MRI of Pueblo, where we use open MRI technology to take images of your broken bone. Make an appointment with us today!

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Health Researchers Want You To Eat Chocolate

 

 

Health researchers want you toJust in time for the end of Valentine’s Day! Health researchers WANT you to eat chocolate! So if you ate too much of it yesterday, fear not, you may be off the hook.

 

Dr. Georgie Crichton and his colleagues wanted to further document the health benefits of chocolate. Researchers found 968 people between the ages of 23-98 and had each participant fill out a survey that gathered information about their chocolate consumption. Their answers ranged from never, once in a while, to daily.

 

After collecting their chocolate indulging frequency, their cognitive function was measured through various tests—visual-spatial memory, organization, verbal memory, working memory, scanning, and tracking.

 

Once they gathered their data, it was apparent that those that ate chocolate once a week significantly out shined the cognitive abilities of those that rarely or never ate chocolate. The ideal chocolate eaters were not only significantly higher, but they outscored the other participants in every category tested.

Researchers were not surprised by the results considering that chocolate contains caffeine which increases alertness. Dr. Crichton noted that these positive effects are not specific to dark chocolate, it also applies to milk chocolate and white chocolate. While it’s obviously that over consumption isn’t healthy, it is perfectly fine to indulge once a week. Feel free to bring in some chocolate to your next MRI appointment, at Open MRI of Pueblo, we won’t mind.

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5 Reasons Our Patients Are Our Valentine

5 reasonsFebruary isn’t all about showing love for your significant other, it’s about showing appreciation for people who really matter in your life – for who you love! At Open MRI of Pueblo, we want one group of people in particular to be our valentine. Our patients! Here’s why we love them so much:

 

  1. Our patients are considerate

Our patients always show up to scans on time, and prepared for the procedure. Even when sudden mishaps happen they are understanding. They know that mistakes happen, and still have their trust in us.

 

  1. Our patients always put a smile on our face

Whether it’s a nice greeting when they walk in, or right when they walk out the door. Our patients know how to make our day a happy one. Just seeing patients with a happy attitude about their scan can put us in a great mood.

 

  1. Our patients always ask questions

Believe it or not at Open MRI of Pueblo we encourage patients to ask us questions about their scan. Most of our patients take advantage! We love when we are asked questions about open MRI’s, how it works, and patient’s specific appointments.

 

  1. Our patients aren’t afraid to tell us when something is wrong

Some people are better with MRI scans than others, and we understand that. That’s why when there is something wrong our patients don’t mind telling us what’s up. Whether it’s the scanner, the music, or the images, our patients know that we are here to listen to them.

 

  1. Our patients make us happy

Every time we have a patient, new or familiar, we burst with joy. We know that patients are what makes Open MRI of Pueblo great, and we can’t thank them enough! Every patient that comes to Pueblo is special and we admire them. From all of us at Open MRI of Pueblo, thank you.

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Contrast Agent: What You Need To Know

 

Contrast Agent-

You may or may not have heard about something about contrast agents when talking about MRIs. Many people aren’t aware of gadolinium contrast medium, which is normal because there is so much information to keep track of when it comes to MRIs! So we decided to break down the important facts to keep you updated and informed on crucial aspects of your MRI experience. So, what should you know about this contrast agent after all?

 

What is gadolinium contrast medium?

Gadolinium is a paramagnetic metal ion that moves differently within a magnetic field, hence why it is used during an MRI. It is a liquid that is made up of an arrangement of atoms held together by chemical bonds made of gadolinium. Are we boring you yet? Basically, it’s a liquid that has the perfect structure of atoms that allow a radiologist to see what they need to see on your MRI.

 

Why would I need gadolinium contrast medium?

According to Insider Radiology, this contrast is used in up to 30% of MRI scans. It is used to create a clear picture which allows the radiologist to see your internal structures easier. This contrast is able to increase the visibility:

  • Inflammation
  • Tumors
  • Blood vessels
  • Heart muscle scarring
  • Assess the blood flow to organs

By using a contrast agent, a radiologist can diagnose a patient with increased accuracy. It’s pretty useful!

 

How do I receive contrast?

In order for the contrast to be quickly effective, it is given to the patient by injection. Just like any other shot you’ve taken! It is a quick prick feeling and you’re in business! You will either be given the injection by hand of an automated injector. It doesn’t take much longer like 30 second.

 

Are there side effects?

As with all things that you put in your body, there can potentially be side effects. According to Insider Radiology, the most common side effects are headache, nausea, and dizziness.

 

If you have to undergo an MRI, it isn’t required that you’ll receive contrast. However, contrast is ordered in cases that a radiologist feels that it is necessary. At Open MRI of Pueblo, we love keeping our readers informed about anything MRI related. We want to make sure you’re ready for anything that may be thrown at you during an MRI visit! If you’re in need of an MRI, we would love to take care of your needs. Contact us here!

 

 

 

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Top 5 Misconceptions About MRI’s

Top 5 misconceptions

 

 

At Open MRI of Pueblo, we understand that not everyone has a huge level of expertise with MRI’s. However, we do! We understand the in’s and out’s of MRI’s so that our patients don’t have to. Some common questions patients ask us are based on common misconceptions. So, we are here to clear up a few misconceptions about our favorite imaging procedure, the MRI!

 

  1. MRI’s use radiation

This is probably one of the biggest misconceptions about MRI’s. MRI’s are completely safe and will not increase your chances of cancer AT ALL. There is no evidence out there that concludes that MRI’s should not be used due to adverse health effects. MRI’s are safe and will not give you cancer. That’s the bottom line.

 

  1. All MRI scanners are the same

This is far from the truth. There are three types of MRI scans, closed bore MRI, open bore MRI, and wide bore MRI. At Pueblo, we exclusively use the open MRI scanners because it increases patient comfort. Patients with claustrophobia can use these open MRI’s because they are not enclosed, they are wide open so that the patient can see and move comfortably.

 

  1. If you’re pregnant you can’t get an MRI

This one’s a little tricky. The most common imaging procedure used during pregnancy is an ultrasound. However, sometimes if an ultrasound can’t see everything, usually because something is blocking the sound waves of the ultrasound, an MRI is used. With this, most doctors wouldn’t recommend an MRI after the first trimester of pregnancy. The key point is that you CAN get an MRI during pregnancy, but it is certainly not a doctor’s first route of action.

 

  1. People who have had joint replacement can’t get an MRI

With MRI’s it’s a requirement that all metal must be out of the scan room. This can cause concern for patients with joint replacements used with some type of metal. Keep in mind that the type of devices used for replacements do not interfere with the magnetic field of the MRI machine.

 

  1. Every imaging center provides the same quality care

Obviously this is false! Not all imaging centers and hospitals provide the same type of quality care that others do. At Open MRI of Pueblo, we put the patient first. That’s why we always answer any questions that are asked of us, we utilize open MRI technology, and we put patient comfort first and foremost.

 

Open MRI of Pueblo is proud to provide open MRI’s to all. We even offer affordable out of pocket pricing for our patients without insurance. As you can see, if you’re a patient at Pueblo you will be taken care of. Want to make an appointment? Call us at (719) 404-0991.