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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.

 

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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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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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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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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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Tweeting can change your MRI experience!

 

Twitter is a pretty awesome thing. It’s a platform that lets us communicate with our friends, share what we’re doing, express how we feel, comment on current events, and incite laughter. It’s where we can (and usually do) share about absolutely anything and everything we are experiencing.

It turns out that sometimes this information can actually be useful, and in ways you probably wouldn’t ever imagine. Researchers and doctors around the world are turning to Twitter to learn more about the MRI experience from a patient perspective, and they’re using what they find to change their MRI process.

It all started when Jonathan Hewis, an investigator from Charles Sturt University in Australia, decided to start analyzing tweets related to MRI. He found that patients, friends, and family were all using Twitter to share their thoughts and feelings about many different aspects of the procedure including the MRI appointment, scan experience, and diagnosis.

 

Some people tweeted sentiments of support to their friends who were having MRI’s, some patients used Twitter to praise their healthcare team or talk about their MRI results, and many others tweeted specifics about what they enjoyed or disliked about their MRI experience. There were also an overwhelming amount of “MRI gown selfies” added to the mix.

So why do doctors want you to tweet about your MRI experience? Because it helps provide insight that they wouldn’t normally be able to get. It’s a way for them to understand what patients like and dislike about the process, and it can give them tips for changes to make that will improve patient experience.

For example, one of the biggest things that Hewis found patients were complaining about was the fact that they weren’t able to pick what type of music they listened to during the scan, something that’s such a small fix and goes a long way towards making the experience more enjoyable for the patient. Many centers, just like Open MRI of Pueblo, have responded to feedback like this, and allow patients to bring in their own ipod or CD of music to listen to during the scan.

The fact of the matter is, we want you to have the best MRI experience you can possibly have, and if there are things we can do to help make that happen then we want to do them! So if you had a bad experience or if you think there’s room for improvement to the MRI process, tweet about it. Chances are someone will see it and take action. You can share your experience by tweeting to us @open_mri_pueblo.

You can read more about the findings of the original research on Biospace.

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MRI Technology Can Detect Cancer!

mri technology can detect cancer!The medical community is constantly making way for newer and better ways to assist doctors as well as patients. So, we have great news for you! There is a new technique in magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) that scan the patient’s entire body, which means doctors can now see where the patient’s bones may be affected by cancer. Not only can they scan for cancer, but they can even document the spread of the cancer and if the cancer is responsive to treatment. It sounds like magic to me!

MRI technology can detect cancerBecause of this new technique, we can start to decrease our bone marrow biopsies in patients with myeloma (cancer in the blood cells in bone marrow), which is a painful test that doesn’t always yield the extensive results we need. Sure, a biopsy can show cancer or not, but it can’t always measure precisely how it has spread, so patients will often need to undergo multiple painful biopsies to determine the severity of their cancer.

The research for the full-body MRI scans was funded by the Institute of Cancer Research and Cancer Research UK.

“The research found that the new MRI scan was more accurate in documenting the spread of myeloma – and whether the patient was responding or not to treatment – than existing test. And not only is the new scan more accurate than conventional tests such as biopsies or blood tests, but also it is faster – with doctors being able to view the results immediately.”

The research had 86% of cases where the doctor could use the scans to correctly identify the patients that had responded to treatment and 80% of cases where patients did not respond to treatment.

96% of cases allowed doctors to correctly gauge any water restriction in the tissue based on scans.

“With the new scan, doctors are able to detect cancer in almost any bone in the body, with the exception of the skull. The skull is a difficult area of the body to visualize in MRI scans, often due to metal dental implants and fillings.”

They’re research continues as they look for more subjects in their study to refine the details, but they hope to see this tool extend the life of myeloma patients. If you’re currently needing an MRI or have any questions about what our offered services are, contact us at Open MRI of Pueblo. We would love to hear from you!

You can read the details of the study here.

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Are We Able To Predict Anorexia?

 

According to NDSU, 70 million people suffer with anorexia. This isn’t something that can be swept under the rug any longer. Can we predict anorexia? This seems to be a question that we always ask ourselves, but now it turns out the size and shape of our brains may do exactly that.

The School of Medicine at the University of Colorado explored this, using MRIs on 19 adolescent females who had been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, compared to 22 adolescent girls who had not.

 

The brain scans showed the females with anorexia “had larger left orbitofrontal, right insular, and bilateral temporal cortex gray matter.” The orbitofrontal cortex tells the person when they’re full that it’s time to stop eating.

The insular is activated as we taste food; it’s related to the pleasantness of eating. Specifically, the right insular determines how we see our body, which may be why anorexia patients truly believe they’re overweight when, in reality, they’re underweight.

“While eating disorders are often triggered by the environment, there are most likely biological mechanisms that have to come together for an individual to develop an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa,” says Professor Guido Frank of the University of Colorado.

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious condition that should not be taken lightly, especially with this new knowledge that there’s a biological basis to the disease, which could open the door for more treatments and therapies.

Currently, the National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) lists anorexia as the third most common illness among adolescents, with about 0.5-3.7% of all women experiencing it at one point or another. At the Open MRI of Pueblo, we believe that each and every one of our patients deserves to live a healthy life. If you’re struggling with anorexia, please reach out for help.

Click here for the full article from Medical News Today.