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6 Things To Day Dream About During Your MRI

Add heading (1)For veterans and firs-timers alike, MRI’s can be boring. Whether you suffer from claustrophobia or boredom, finding ways to pass the time while in a noisy MRI scanner is easier said than done. If you are looking for ways to keep your mind preoccupied during your scan, we’ve got you covered with a few things to day dream about.

  1. Think about a treat

Since there is no formal pre procedure rules for MRI’s we always encourage our patients to treat themselves after their appointment. Whether it’s going out to eat or taking a shopping break. Think of what you’ll treat yourself with after your appointment.

  1. Make a to-do list

Strapped on time? Make a grocery list, a to-do list, or a gift list in your head while you are getting an MRI. It’s multitasking at it’s finest.

  1. Picture yourself at your favorite concert

Since we let you bring your own music to your appointment, jam out like no other while getting your MRI. Visualize yourself on stage, or in the crowd, either way it shouldn’t bother the MRI technicians even if you sing a little!

  1. Think about how much money you’re saving

Since we use SaveOn medical to give you the best prices on MRI’s we are saving you hundreds of dollars. If that isn’t something to dream about I don’t know what is!

  1. Be at the beach

Because we use open MRI technology you’ll feel so much more comfort than you would if you were in a normal MRI machine. You’ll feel so comfortable that you might mistake our office for a tropical sand beach.

  1. Or take a nap

If all else fails, just lay back and take a nap! We see patients do it all the time and we get it. So just drift off to sleep and we’ll handle the rest.

We hope these tips will help you stay distracted during your MRI scan. Our team at Open MRI of Pueblo is dedicated to making your MRI experience a breeze, so feel free to reach out to us with how we can make you comfortable. Your MRI will be done before you know it!

 

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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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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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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!