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The Evolution of MRI

The Evolution of mri1Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology has come a long way since the technology was first developed in the 1970’s. The MRI was originally designed as a way to view the insides of a body through the use of magnetic imaging. However, that is not the case now.

MRI Capabilities

Over the years, the uses for MRI have continued to evolve, and it’s now one of the most diverse procedures available. Fortunately, the MRI has been able to expand and now includes a variety of helpful diagnostic aids. MRI’s have evolved and are used to help diagnose a wide variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Abnormalities of the brain/spinal cord
  • Injuries and abnormalities of the joints
  • Liver and abdominal diseases
  • Uterine abnormalities
  • Heart problems
  • Tumors and cysts
  • Abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord

MRI & Breast Cancer Detection

One of the more interesting aspects of the MRI evolution has been its usefulness in breast cancer screening. In recent years, there have been several studies about the effectiveness of MRI scans in early detection of breast cancer, and many of them have found that MRI scans have been useful in detecting small malignancies that would otherwise be missed during a traditional mammogram.

Although MRI’s can sometimes be costly and aren’t recommended as a go-to procedure, they have been proven to play a crucial role in early detection for women who have an increased breast cancer risk.

MRI technology will continue to evolve and assist with the detection and of numerous diseases. This could lead to new cures and improved treatments for chronic illnesses. We look forward to learning how the MRI with further advances the field of medicine in the future. At Open MRI of Pueblo, we’re excited to be a part of a field that is able to provide these services to the public. If you are in need of an MRI you can request an appointment with us online today!

 

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5 Unbelievable Memorial Day Facts

5 UNBELIEVABLE MEMORIAL DAY FACTS

In the United States, we value and respect those that have served in our military. Memorial day is a day that allows us as a nation to reflect and pay our respects to everyone that has passed away while serving in the United States military. It’s meant to serve as a somber day. This Memorial Day, before you get beaching or grilling, take a moment to honor those that have not only served in our country but given their life to protect us.

This year, we would like to share some unknown facts about Memorial Day to teach everyone a little more about this special day.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration day.

This federal holiday in the United State was originally called Decoration day. An organization of Union veterans established this holiday as a time to decorate veterans’ graves with dead flowers in order to celebrate their service.

Flowers play a large role in the holiday.

It is believed that Memorial day would take place on the last Monday of every month because flowers would be at their blooming peak. This ties into the idea of placing flowers on the graves.

It’s illegal to not observe a National Moment of Remembrance.

This is an actual thing. Congress passed a law in December 2000 that states American have to pause at 3 p.m. to honor our fallen soldiers. However, many people don’t realize this is a law!

There are nine states that observe Confederate Memorial Day.

Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Louisiana, and Georgia celebrate Confederate soldiers those that passed away during the Civil War. They have created a separate day to memorialize these fallen soldiers.

Eating a picnic in a cemetery was once a celebration of Memorial Day.

This isn’t nearly as popular anymore, but it was a tradition to pack up your lunch and have a picnic on the ground at a cemetery. Apparently, this tradition is living on by some citizens in the South!

Memorial Day is a day we celebrate and honor those that fought and gave up their lives for our safety. This coming Monday, make sure that you set aside some time to honor our fallen soldiers. Open MRI of Pueblo thanks all military personnel who have served past and present. Our country would not be what it is today without the sacrifices of brave men and women in uniform.

 

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Identifying and Treating Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

TBI in Children

The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury. Sadly,children have an increased risk of receiving a TBI. In 2012, an estimated 329,290 children were treated in the United States for concussion or TBI due to sports or recreational activity. Here are some tips to help identify and treat your child if you suspect they may have sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Identifying Traumatic Brain Injury

Symptoms of TBI include physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments. Contact your physician immediately if your child is showing any of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty in processing information
  • Impaired judgement
  • Short-term memory deficits
  • Impaired concentration
  • Limited attention span
  • Impaired vision
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Impaired motor coordination
  • Change in sleep patterns  
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty controlling emotions
  • Decline in communication skills
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light

Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

Treatment for TBI includes:

  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Cognitive-Communicative Interventions
  • Computer-Assisted Treatment
  • Direct Attention Training (DAT)
  • Speech Intervention
  • Hearing and Balance Intervention

A brain injury has a more devastating impact on a child because the child’s brain is still developing. It is crucial that to get your child immediate treatment if you believe they may have a TBI. An MRI can assist your physician in detecting traumatic brain injury in your child. If your child is in need of an MRI, Open MRI of Pueblo provides patients a quality scan in a stress-free setting. You can request an appointment online today!

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10 Foods That Can Improve Bone Health

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Vitamin D and calcium are essential for bone health. Calcium is a mineral that helps your body build and maintain bones and teeth while vitamin D helps your body absorb the minerals, calcium, and phosphorus from the food you eat. Adults should get about 1,000 milligrams of calcium and 200 international units of vitamin D a day. To ensure sure your bones are getting the nutrients they need, introduce these 10 foods to your diet:

1. Yogurt

Yogurt contains calcium, protein, and probiotics which are beneficial to bone health.

2. Milk 

Milk is one of the best dietary sources of calcium and the calcium found in milk is easily absorbed by your bones.

3. Cheese

Cheese is rich in both calcium and comes in a variety! 1.5 ounces of cheese contains more than 30% of your daily need for calcium.

4. Eggs

One egg contains 28 mg of calcium and 1 mcg of vitamin D. The vitamin D is concentrated in the yolk of the egg.

5. Salmon

Salmon is rich with omega-3 and serves as a natural anti-inflammatory food. Eating fish on a regular basis is a great and simple way to keep your bones strong.

6. Spinach 

One cup of spinach contains 30mg of calcium! So, consider implementing spinach as a side of your lunch or dinner. It’s an easy way to stock up on calcium!

7. Breakfast Cereal

Scan your grocery shelves as certain cereals contain up to 25% of your daily vitamin D. If you eat your cereal with milk, your morning will be filled with calcium.

8. Tuna

Three ounces of tuna contains about 39% of your daily dose of vitamin D.

9. Soy Beans

Consumption of soy products may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in women that have undergone menopause.

10. Sardines

Don’t knock em until you try them! These tiny fish are loaded with both vitamin D and calcium.

A lack of calcium and vitamin D in your diet can lead to fragile, brittle bones that are more vulnerable to fractures and disease. It’s important to bring attention to your bone health and start taking action early on. All of us at Open MRI of Pueblo hope you will introduce these foods into your diet to improve your bone health. However, if you currently have issues with your bone health and need an MRI, you can contact us online or by phone.  

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MRI Fears: Relieving MRI Claustrophobia

 

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Claustrophobia affects many people’s daily life. Those who suffer from this phobia can find MRI’s to be a nightmare. We understand claustrophobic patients can find it difficult to overcome their MRI anxieties, but we have offered a few ways that can put you at ease when undergoing an MRI.

1) Consider drug therapy. This is only appropriate for extreme circumstances where a patient believes that their claustrophobia will legitimately keep them from completing an MRI procedure. Drugs should be temporary, used only for the procedure, prescribed by a doctor and also approved by the facility doing the MRI.

2) Think about herbal remedies. There are a lot of natural herbal medicines that help ease the anxiety caused by claustrophobia. Two of the most effective herbs are passionflower and kava. These can be taken as tablets or capsules, or used in teas and tinctures as well.

3) Use various relaxation techniques. If you start to panic, breathe in through your nose for ten seconds and then exhale through your mouth for ten more seconds. Continue the pattern to help slow your heart rate. Try to think about happy or relaxing things while you’re in the MRI machine as well. Our centers also allow you to listen to music during your procedure, which is a great distraction for patients and can help keep them feeling calm and relaxed.

4) Have a friend in the room. If you’re feeling nervous, it always helps to have someone in the room with you. Our technologists are always available to sit with patients during their procedures, to hold their hands, or even just to keep up a conversation with them during the procedure.

5) Find an alternative machine. If you suffer from claustrophobia, it’s highly recommended that you have your MRI procedure at a facility that has open MRI machines. Rather than placing your head inside a small tube, open MRI machines provide much more space for patients. You can see the difference in the images below. The first one is a traditional closed MRI machine, the second is an open MRI machine.

Fortunately for you, we utilize Open MRI technology for all of our scans. Open MRI scanners offer a more comfortable MRI experience for patients who suffer from claustrophobia. If you have any concerns about your appointment, give us a call or let one of our technicians know so we can provide you with a comfortable experience.