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

 

Parents guide-

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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Big news At Open MRI of Pueblo

We’ve got big news here at Open MRI of Pueblo! We’ve officially added an on-site radiologist to our team, and we couldn’t be more excited! Dr. Sean Takeuchi is coming to us from Kearney, NE, and we’re so happy to welcome him!

Dr. Takeuchi received a medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine, and has been in practice as a radiologist for over 19 years now. He has a specialty in Radiology and a subspecialty in Abdominal Imaging, and he’s going to be a great addition to our center!

With Dr. Takeuchi available, Open MRI of Pueblo will be able to perform any scan that needs contrast injections for Medicare patients, something we weren’t able to do in the past. While most insurances don’t require a radiologist on site for contrast injections, Medicare requires the center to have a Board Certified Radiologist on site…AKA Dr. Takeuchi!

Performing scans that require contrast injections for Medicare patients isn’t the only benefit Dr. Takeuchi will bring to our center, though.

“Having a radiologist on site is just so beneficial because if our staff has a question in regards to an urgent finding for a patient, they can consult Dr. Takeuchi. For example, if a patient told us they had some artifact in their body before they were scanned, we could ask Dr. Takeuchi if he’s MRI safe. He’ll be a great resource for our patients, our staff, and our referring physicians!”-Steve Medina, Marketing Rep

Because of his busy schedule, Dr. Takeuchi will be working at our center just four days out of every month, so his appointment book is sure to fill up fast. Make sure that you schedule your appointment in advance, and please join us in welcoming Dr. Takeuchi to Open MRI of Pueblo!