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How Well Do You Know Your Bones?

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Bone health should be one of your top concerns, which is why we decided to bring some attention to the subject! As with all things, there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to your bones. We’re hoping to clear some of those up by bringing you a light hearted game designed by Webmd that will make you a bone expert! So, here’s a list of statements that you have to decide if it is a myth or a fact. All of us at Open MRI of Pueblo bet that you’ll come out on the other end of it and feel like you learned a lot.

 

Babies have more bones than adults.

True. We’re born with nearly 300 bones. As babies get older, their soft bones fuse together which leave 206 bones in your adult body.

 

Your bones never stop growing.

False. Your bones actually stop growing when you reach your late 20s. That’s why it’s important to take care of your bones early on, so you don’t have complications down the road!

 

Your bones aren’t responsible for producing anything.

False. Your bones are actually creating white and red blood cells that are in charge of fighting infection and transporting oxygen and proteins to your tissues.

 

The most common injury is a fracture clavicle.

True. It’s quite easy to break your collar bone, especially when you have a rough fall. Many people might be surprised that this is the number one fracture!

 

All of your bones are connected.

False. While most of your bones are indeed connected, you have one bone that is not. Your hyoid, which is at the base of your tongue, is not connected to another bone. It’s actually in a U shape!

 

Many people are not bone experts, which is why it’s not a surprise if you answered incorrectly on a few of these. It’s important to bring attention to your bone health and start taking action early on. However, it’s never too late to give your bones some attention. You can make lifestyle changes at any age to help your bones live a happier life. Here’s a guide on how to increase your bone health at any age!

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5 Ways To Be More Awake In The Morning

 

5 ways to be moreYour alarm goes off, you hit snooze, you wake up thinking it’s 10 minutes later but it’s not. You woke up an hour late, and now your entire morning is off and you’re probably going to be late to work. This is common for most people, tons of people have slept through alarms or hit the snooze button one too many times. This is all because people are REALLY tired, we don’t get enough sleep. Here are some ways to feel more awake in the morning.

1. Wake up and move

Whether this means putting your alarm clock on the other side of the room or getting up and doing a workout. Waking up and then instantly moving is the best way to feel more awake in the early hours of the day. Try making a plan to go on a run or doing a workout class with a friend.

2. Don’t hit the snooze button 

This is one of the main culprits of making people go back to sleep in the morning. You hit the snooze button thinking you can get 10 more minutes and then you’re asleep for a few more hours. Make it a point to not hit the snooze button at all and to wake up immediately.

3. Take a cold shower 

We know that cold showers aren’t everyone’s first choice when it comes to showering. However, having a steaming hot shower can actually make your body feel more sleepy. Try and incorporate a cold shower in your morning once a week and you’ll be able to feel the difference in your body.

4. Create goals for the day

By setting some goals for your day you will be more prone to wake up in the morning to try and achieve them! Set goals the night before and put them right next to your bed so that they are one of the first things you see when you wake up.

5. Keep trying 

Train yourself to be more awake in the morning! Try and set your alarm 10 minutes earlier each week. This will train your body to get up and will help you sleep cycle.

Another way to get up in the morning? Scheduling an MRI appointment with Open MRI of Pueblo. This will give you the excitement to take on the day and get to your appointment on time. Make an appointment with us today!

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Should My Child Get An MRI?

 

Should my childA parent’s number one concern is always their child’s well being. A common question we hear from parents when their child is getting an MRI is, “Is it safe?” As parents, it’s important to always ensure you’re never putting your child in harm’s way, especially if it is simply due to a lack of knowledge. We decided to break it down and explain anything you should know when your child is about to get an MRI.

 

Is it safe?

MRIS are not suitable for everyone, this includes children. For example, metal is a complete no-go when undergoing an MRI which leaves out anyone that has metal in their body. Radiologists have to ensure that the MRI will be safe for your child before they undergo the scan. According to UCHL, the parent will receive a safety questionnaire to ensure that the MRI is suitable for your child. Currently, there are no known risks of having an MRI if you meet the safety criteria unless you undergo numerous scans which increase radiation exposure.

 

Will my child need sedation?

Many times, children are uncomfortable with undergoing an MRI scan because it is hard to sit still for a long period of time. Many places will offer the option of sedation which helps children feel relaxed and stay still during the scan. It is usually recommended for children who can’t stay still to have an MRI under sedation in order to complete an effective scan since movement during the procedure will affect the image’s clarity.

 

Is sedation dangerous?

As with the MRI, you will be instructed to fill out a safety form which covers your child’s medical history. This helps the center eliminate any potential risks based off of their medical history. It is extremely rare for anyone to experience serious complications such as respiratory distress or hypertension due to sedation. Your doctor will make an informed decision before referring your child to ensure that there are no present risks.

 

It can be scary for your child to have to go to the doctor, especially when undergoing an MRI. We’re here to answer any of your questions to soothe any concerns you may have. We understand that you may want to know any potential risks, alternatives, etc., before allowing your child to receive medical attention. Contact us if you have any further questions, we would love to help!

 

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Debunking scary radiation myths!

 

Debunking scaryRadiation. Just the word can make people fearful. Over the years radiation has cast a spotlight in medicine forcing patients to be scared of any type of medical procedure with radiation. The effects of radiation have become more daunting over the years ranging from an increase of thyroid cancer, killing mass amount of plants, causing physical deformities, and much more. However, these are the most extreme cases of an exponential amount of radiation exposure.

There are many myths that need to be cleared up concerning radiation, especially because it is a part of your daily life and you may not realize it. Yes, radiation is incredibly harmful at extreme doses, but it is not this huge monster that everyone assumes it to be. All of us at Open MRI of Pueblo decided to debunk some common radiation myths to help clear the air about radiation.

 

Myth #1: Radiation is always unsafe.

This simply can’t be true considering that radiation is in the air we breathe and the food that we eat. There is naturally occurring radiation and even man made radiation that we are exposed to on a daily basis that goes completely unnoticed because it isn’t harmful. According to Radiation Answers, the average annual dose of radiation exposure per person is 622 mrem which includes the radiation from the air, food, soil, cosmic radiation, and human-made sources. In fact, did you know that flying on an airplane exposes you to anywhere from 2-10 mrem? The yearly average is a completely safe amount and doesn’t cause harm to the human body.

 

Myth #2: Power plants are dangerous and emit too much radiation.

Due to the extreme effects of nuclear power plant exposure, the media coverage garners a ton of attention and people assume they’re highly dangerous. However, these plants are under strict monitoring and control at all times. In fact, the radiation emission AND fallout from past atomic bomb detonations account for less than one percent of the exposure we receive.

 

Myth #3: Radiation from power plant leaks is responsible for causing cancer and other health issues.

While many reports have claimed that these radiation disasters have actually increased thyroid cancer in those surrounding the plant, it just isn’t true. However, may people haven’t heard the counter studies because the hype ended with ‘power plant exposure causes cancer’. The United Nations Scientific Committee of the Effects of Atomic Radiation and numerous other health departments investigated the effects of the infamous Three Mile Island incident and discovered that there is no evidence to suggest that there were harmful effects on the environment or the people involved. It sounds hard to believe, but it’s true!

 

Myth 4: MRIs are bad because you’re exposed to radiation.

Surprisingly, a common misconception is that MRIs use radiation and a patient will be exposed during the scan. This is not true. In fact, there is zero radiation exposure and it is easily confused with CT scans and X-rays which do expose radiation to patients. Many people mistakenly group these medical imaging scans together and assume radiation is a part of each scan. At Open MRI of Pueblo, any concern or worry you have about radiation and fly out of the window because you’ll be radiation free during your MRI.

 

Radiation doesn’t have to be super scary especially when it comes to your MRI. Now that you know these radiation myths don’t believe them! If you need an MRI schedule your appointment with us at Open MRI of Pueblo today!

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Radiology Roundup: What’s The Best Procedure In Radiology?

 

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Radiology boasts a plethora of procedures ranging from ultrasounds, CT scans, x-rays, mammograms, and more. It’s a bit of a battle, between all of these procedures, to be crowned the best procedure in radiology. Most radiology procedures are different but at Open MRI of Pueblo we agree that only one procedure should be king of radiology. The MRI of course!

Why is an MRI the best procedure in radiology?

MRI’s are used to take in depth looks into the human body. Using strong magnetic fields, MRI’s produce a picture of the body that can show the muscle tissue and bones in the body. How cool is it that?!

I’m not convinced yet, why is an MRI the best?

Well there are three types of MRI’s: wide, closed, and open MRI. The best type of MRI is definitely the open MRI because it increases patient comfort, provides shorter scan times, and can accommodate diverse patient height and weight. An open MRI also allows the patient to bring a friend or family member to accompany them while the scan is taking place. So you can get an MRI and talk with your loved one’s at the same time! What can be better than that?

So where’s the best place to get an Open MRI?

Well in our opinion, Open MRI of Pueblo is the best place to get an open MRI in the state. They have a friendly staff, experienced radiologists, and affordable prices for out-of-pocket patients. They are also ACR accredited, the highest honor an imaging center can receive, and puts patient comfort as it’s top priority.

So what are you waiting for? Make an appointment for the best procedure in radiology at the best place to get an MRI. Call (719) 404-0991 to make an appointment or talk to one of our staff members about any questions you may have!

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Parent Guide: How to increase your child’s bone health

 

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As a parent, you worry about your child. It’s just parental instinct. So you’re obviously concerned with the health of your child, especially with their bone health. Children aged 2-8 need proper nutrients for their bone health. If kids don’t develop correctly, it can affect them for the rest of their life. Here’s how to increase your child’s bone health now:

Work those bones

PCRM stated it perfectly, exercise gives bones a reason to live. When your child is putting their bones to work, they are forcing their bones to grow stronger and denser. This is one of the most influential ways to promote bone health in your child. Kids are a ball of energy, so this tip won’t take much adjusting. Simply make sure you’re getting them outside to run around, throw the football, play tag, etc. It will be more than putting a smile on their face.

 

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

Research has shown that diets high in fruits and vegetables promote increased bone health. Numerous vitamins are hidden within these healthy treats, such as vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, etc.

  • Vitamin C – responsible for boosting the production of collagen, the connective tissue that minerals cling to when the bone is formed
  • Vitamin K – responsible for stimulating bone formation
  • Potassium – responsible for increasing the rate of bone building while decreasing the loss of calcium
  • Magnesium – responsible for increasing bone strength, similar to calcium

 

Cut Out the Salt

It’s commonly understood that too much salt is a huge no-no. It can lead to a variety of negative health issues, but it can specifically steal your child’s calcium. Excess salt latches onto the calcium in your body, so wherever the salt goes, your calcium follows. Your kidney filters salt by passing it through your urine, which means your calcium is also leaving your body. If you focus on decreasing your child’s sodium intake by avoiding high sodium food options, you will eliminate the loss of calcium and bone breakdown.

With these tips, you’ll be able to relax and know that your child’s bone health is increasing. If you’re still concerned, they may need an MRI. If you need to book an appointment for an MRI, choose Open MRI of Pueblo. We utilize open MRI technology so that you can be in the procedure room with your child. Book an appointment by calling us at (719) 404-0991.