Monthly Archives: March 2017

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How To Thank Your Doctor

 

How to (1)This week holds a holiday that means a lot to the medical field. National Doctor’s Day of course! National Doctor’s Day is a day to celebrate and appreciate doctors all around the country. Doctors do so much for the individual patient, communities, and the world as a whole. If it weren’t for doctors we would all be dead. With such a prominent position in the community, it can be hard to know how to show your thanks. Here are a couple ways how you can thank your doctor.

  1. A thank you note

If you’ve been seeing a doctor for a long time now make sure to send a thank you note. It’s a courtesy that tons of people don’t take advantage of. Thank you notes have been overlooked in recent years, and I’m positive that your doctor will appreciate it.

  1. A letter

A nice heartfelt letter to your doctor would be more than appropriate especially if you have been with the same doctor for quite some time. Also, if you went through any traumatic disease, or had a really bad injury where you were constantly seeing the same doctor. Writing a letter expressing how much you appreciate them helping you through this stressful time in your life.

  1. A gift

Some sort of small token of appreciation would show our doctor that you really care that they are there for you. Something small such as a gift card, a bouquet of flowers, or something you know about them personally like a round of golf. There’s no need to get your doctor anything huge, they don’t practice medicine for the gifts they do it to help patients.

Now that you know how to properly thank your doctor, make sure to make an appointment with Open MRI of Pueblo. We have the best radiologists, an ACR accredited facility, and the lowest prices in the area. Call to make an appointment for an MRI today at (719) 404-0991.

 

 

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4 Benefits Of An Open MRI

 

4Not many people know this but there are various types of MRI’s! How many may you ask? There are three different types of MRI scans, but in our opinion one reigns supreme above all others. Can you guess what it is? Open MRI of course! Here are 4 benefits of open MRI’s:

Claustrophobia

One of the main perks is that the sides of the machine are open. This allows patients to not feel closed in or trapped within the MRI machine. If you’re someone who is prone to feeling claustrophobic, this is extremely helpful and limits feelings of claustrophobia.

Less Noise

Getting an MRI is usually a noisy process. However, if you’re in an open MRI machine vs a closed MRI machine, there will be a significantly less amount of noise. In fact, closed MRI machines require earbuds to help with the excess noise.

Clearer Image

The wide design of an open MRI allows patients to be positioned in a way that allows for a clearer image. If a patient is positioned closer to center of the magnet, the image is much clearer. In a closed MRI machine, there isn’t as much variability which can limit the patient’s position.

Metallic Objects Interfere less

Many patients have had a previous surgery that left metallic implants in their bodies. These implants can affect the quality of the MRI in a closed machine due to high magnetic fields. Fortunately, open MRI machines have lower magnetic fields which allows these implants to interfere less with the quality of the image.

With all these benefits of an open MRI, why would you get any other type of MRI? At Open MRI of Pueblo, we put the patients first because we care about their comfortability. That’s why we use open MRI technology. If you need an MRI make an appointment with us today by calling (719)-404-0991.

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5 Ways To Celebrate National Nutrition Month

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Not many people know this, but March is National Nutrition Month! What does this mean? It means making choices that are better for our overall nutrition this month. In March we should focus on the importance of making better informed decisions about what we eat. Obesity has been on the rise in the U.S., and it contributes to a plethora of diseases such as, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In honor of National Nutrition Month, we are highlighting 5 ways that you can celebrate and do good for your body in March!

 

  1. Read the ingredients

A lot of times we go through the grocery store mindlessly, just picking up whatever looks tasty and disregarding what the nutritional value is. Most people never look at the actual ingredients of a product. We challenge you this month to read the ingredients on everything you buy. This will show how much sugar, and how processed some foods that we frequently buy are. A good standard of what we all should be buying is that less is more. The less ingredients that are in something, more likely the healthier it is for our bodies.

 

  1. Eat meals mindfully

You have probably heard this before. What does mindfully mean? Eating meals mindfully means that you take time to actually eat food and listen to your body while you eat it. People frequently try and eat meals as fast as they can, it’s a mechanism that dates back to the cave men era. We try and eat as much as we can because back in the days of the cave men humans didn’t know when they were going to eat again. This isn’t true anymore. Try and take 10 extra minutes to sit down and eat each of your meals and you’ll feel fuller and more satisfied.

 

  1. Don’t drink soda

If you don’t know that soda is basically just a glass of sugar, then you know now. Just one can of soda can add over 150 calories and almost 40 grams of sugar, which is well over the daily recommended value. If you drink soda once a day, try and limit yourself to once a week. Instead try and drink fresh brewed tea, or fresh squeezed juice, but be sure there isn’t any added sugar.

 

  1. Don’t start a diet

You’re probably pretty shocked we would say this, but we mean it. Don’t go on a diet for a month, or a cleanse for a week. Make healthy choices 80% of the time, and your entire body will thank you. Research shows that dieting every now and then doesn’t help your overall health. By eating healthy choices 80% of the time, and eating junk in moderation is better than any diet that’s out there.

 

  1. Eat more protein

We all love our protein, but eating the right type of protein has a huge impact on how protein works in your body. Protein such as, fatty fish, eggs, lean chicken, and beans are the best types of protein for the body and will keep you fuller for longer. Proteins such as bacon, and lots of red meat are proteins to indulge in only 20% of the time.

 

With these tips you can make the most of National Nutrition Month! Remember, even though it’s only nutrition month in March we should all be striving toward better nutrition year round. At Open MRI of Pueblo, we put a huge emphasis on overall health. That’s why we offer the lowest priced MRI’s for all of our patients. Book your appointment today!

 

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What You Need To Know About CT Scans!

 

 

Everything you need to know about (1)Even though we don’t provide CT scans, at Open MRI of Pueblo, we believe that our patients should know about all medical imaging procedures. So one day, if our patients need a CT scan, they will know what a CT scan is all about. Let’s learn more about this medical imaging procedure.

 

What is a CT Scan?

According to MedicalNet, a computerized tomography (CT) is an x-ray procedure that combines numerous x-ray images, cross-sectional views, and 3D images of the internal organs and structures of the body. That’s medical talk for saying it basically takes a bunch of pictures of your internal structures and creates one final product so your doctor can see what’s going on.

 

What are the common uses of a CT Scan?

A CT Scan is useful for a variety of needs. Here’s a list detailing the common uses of a CT Scan:

  1. Examining traumatic injuries such as head trauma from a car accident
  2. Examining patients experiencing shortness of breath or abdominal pain
  3. Detecting many forms of cancer (lung, liver, etc.)
  4. Evaluating spinal issues, bone injuries, muscles, and blood vessels

 

How long does it take?

CT Scans are notoriously known as a quick procedure. The actual scan itself can take as little as a few minutes. However, the total amount of time including your preparation, scan, and reading is estimated to be about an hour or less. This is why it is commonly used in the ER to get a quick read on a patient’s situation.

 

How much radiation will I be exposed to?

A CT Scan will expose the patient to radiation due to the use of x-ray images. According to Radiology Info, an average dose of radiation from a CT Scan can range from 10-20 mSv. So, what does that mean? A dose of 10 mSv is equivalent to the amount of natural radiation you would be exposed to in 3 years and a dose of 20 mSv is equivalent to the amount of radiation you would naturally be exposed to in 7 years. However, doctors mutually agree that the benefits significantly outweigh the low risks of radiation.

 

Now that you know all about CT scans, we hope that if you ever need one you will be prepared! If you need an MRI, make an appointment with us at Open MRI of Pueblo today!

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If Your Doctor Tells You To Get An MRI, Get One

 

If your doctor tells you to get an MRI,Most of the time when something is wrong we tend to shrug it off, thinking it’ll probably go away. Then, it usually gets worse. Sometimes WAY worse. That’s when we take a trip to the doctor, or the walk-in clinic. That’s when the doctor orders an MRI. You’re confused. You’re thinking, ‘Why would I need an MRI, I’m probably fine’. Don’t do this. When a doctor orders an MRI make sure you actually get one. Here’s why:

 

You could have something seriously wrong

 An MRI is used to take a closer look at the inside of your body. A doctor wouldn’t order an MRI if you wouldn’t need one. A brain MRI could reveal a tumor, a back MRI could reveal a herniated disc, and an ankle MRI could reveal a broken bone. Whatever the case may be, there could be a serious problem going on in your body and you wouldn’t know unless you have an MRI.

 

If you’ve had a stroke or heart attack in the last two years

 Yeah you have been fine for years now, but if you have had a stoke or heart attack you might need an MRI. Strokes, and heart attacks, are serious health hazards. A doctor ordering an MRI could mean they want to take a closer at your heart or brain. This ensures that everything is healthy, and that you won’t get another one anytime soon.

Take it from us, get an MRI if the doctor orders one. We know that MRI’s can be expensive, that’s why at Open MRI of Pueblo we offer out-of-pocket patients MRI’s that are affordable. So if you need an MRI, make sure it’s with Open MRI of Pueblo.

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How To Combat Your Seasonal Allergies

 

 

How to combat yourSince it’s almost spring time, that means it’s almost time for allergy season. Allergies can be tough to go through and can ruin a person’s day. Combat our allergies this season by being proactive! Know these tips for the upcoming allergy season.

  1. Saline Nasal Rinse: A Neti pot, or something like it, can help flush your sinuses with a saltwater solution. “I tell patients to pant like a puppy, which lifts the palate and closes off the back of the nose so you don’t get that drowning sensation,” says Sezelle Gereau Haddon, MD.
    Need a recipe to make your own solution?

    1. 1 Quart of Distilled or Boiled Water (Cooled)
    2. 2-3 Teaspoons of Non-Iodized Salt
    3. 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  2. Coost-Mist Humidifier: “When it’s still a little cool at night and indoor humidity is low, using a cool-mist humidifier can help get allergens out of the air,” says John Salerno, DO. It helps by binding with allergens in the air and falling as water droplets so you don’t inhale them.
  3. Air Purifier with HEPA Filter: The filter can help remove spores and pollen from the air.
  4. Steam Inhalation: With a solution of essential oils and breathing deeply, the oils and help deep in your system. Need a recipe? Here’s one from Dale Bellisfeld, RN, AHG.
    1. Boil Water, Then Remove From Heat
    2. 3 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
    3. 3 Drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
    4. 2 Drops of Myrtle Essential Oil
    5. 2 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
    6. Mix and Breathe Deeply for 5-10 minutes, 1-3 times a day.
  5. Probiotics: Also known as “good” bacteria which works to keep your immune system well-balanced. “Dr. Haddon recommends choosing a brand that contains Lactobacillus chamnosus GG, Bifidobacterium lactis and Acidophilus.”
  6. Honey: Since bees use pollen, it’s like a mini allergy shot. Put some local honey in your tea.
  7. Quercetin: This natural antihistamine can be found in the skin of onions, apples, or in pill form.
  8. Stinging Nettle Leaf: A common ingredient to a lot of allergy products, but it can also be taken in tea form. “To make sure you get enough of the medicinal oils, pour boiling water over the tea bag and cover the cup for 15 minutes to let the oils seep in before drinking.”
  9. Homeopathic Treatments: Certain herb and flower essences, diluted, can do a lot for allergy symptoms. Euphrasia helps burning and itchy eyes, and Allium cepa can help out a dripping nose.
  10. Acupuncture: “Dr. Salerno says it’s possible that stimulating some of meridians (channels through which energy flows) may help to temper an overactive immune system that can lead to a bad allergy season.”

Now that you know the top 10 best ways to combat your allergies, arm yourself for the inevitable season. At Open MRI of Pueblo we try and help our patients in all aspects of their health. If you need an MRI, contact us for an appointment today!

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How To Keep Your Colon Healthy

 

How to keep aNot a lot of people know this but March is colon cancer awareness month. Not quite as popular as, breast cancer awareness, colon cancer is one of the most common cancers for men and women. That’s why the month of March we urge you to practice healthy colon habits. Here’s a few things you can do to keep your colon healthy.

Exercise often

It’s proven that exercise can be a great way to fight a plethora of diseases, including colon cancer! Scientists have discovered that physical inactivity can be a leading cause of colon cancer. So make sure you get moving!

Eat a well-balanced diet

Another tip that is proven to fight disease is eating a diet rich in nutrients. This means vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and healthy fats. Doing this will be beneficial for the colon, and the rest of the digestion tract.

Stop Smoking 

Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your body. It can weaken the lungs, digestion tract, and weaken the heart. By quitting smoking, you can help your body in so many ways your future self will thank you for it.

Limit red meat consumption

Red meat can cause stress to the digestive system. Limiting red meat will make it easier for the other foods in your body to digest easy. Try limiting red meat to only once a week, and you will start to see the benefits immediately.

Eat more fiber

Eating a diet full of fiber is great for your colon because it makes your digestive tract not have to work as hard when digesting food in the body, and disposing of waste. Make sure to get a lot of fiber intake throughout the day. Bonus: it also keeps you fuller, longer!

Now that you know the best ways to get a healthy colon, use these tips in your daily life. You will start to see the benefits immediately! Another way to prevent colon cancer? Get screened for colon cancer every year after the age of 50. Need an MRI? Contact us at Open MRI of Pueblo today!

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The Ultimate MRI Handbook

 

 

The UltimateMany patients are confused about the differences between the various types of MRI machines. People at medical imaging centers toss around terms like “open” and “closed” and “wide open” and sometime assume that patients have previous knowledge about the differences of these MRI machines. However, many people have never heard the difference or simply can’t keep them straight! We decided to overview each machine so you have a quick source for future reference

What are the three types of MRI? 

There are three types of MRI machines: wide-bore, open, and closed. The term “bore” simply refers to the opening that the patient is placed in (it’s that tube you’re quite familiar with), and MRI types are determined by the size of the scanner’s bore.

Closed Bore MRI’s

Closed MRI’s have closed bores. Closed bores usually have a higher magnetic strength (somewhere between 1.0T and 3.0T), and a bore diameter of somewhere around 60 cm. Generally speaking the rule with MRI’s is that the smaller the bore, the greater the image clarity, so even though closed MRI’s are ranked lower for patient comfort, they’re definitely the best option if you need a high-clarity study.

As far as the other two types of MRI’s, this is where it gets a bit confusing, partly because machines with “open bores” and machines with “wide bores” are in many cases both referred to as “Open MRI machines”.

Open Bore MRI’s

The Open MRI bore is completely different from a closed. Instead of the bore being like a tube that completely encircles the patient, it has  two flat magnets above and below a large space where the patient lies. You’re not closed in, so if you’re claustrophobic or just enjoy having some extra space, then this is the MRI scan for you. We like to refer to machines with the open bore as “truly open MRI’s”.

Wide Bore MRI’s

Machines with the wide bore are what we call “sort of open MRI’s”, and they’re exactly what they sound like: a middle ground between open MRI’s and closed MRI’s. The wide bore is slightly larger than the closed bore, coming in at around 70cm, so patients get a little more space than they would in a traditional closed bored. Although wide bore machines are more “open” than closed bore machines, they still don’t provide patients with the amount of space necessary to classify as a “truly open” machine.

At Open MRI of Pueblo, we want to make sure you’re informed. It’s always a relief when medical information is broken down in simple terms that get straight to the point. We’re always here for your MRI needs. If you’re currently in need of an MRI, we offer open MRI services that are sure to fit your needs! Contact us here, we would love to take care of you.