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MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a medical imaging procedure that provides doctors with comprehensive visual information regarding a patient’s internal structures. Unlike CT scans, X-rays, or ultrasounds, MRI procedures rely upon radio waves and magnetic energy to develop images of organs, the skeletal system, and other parts of the body.
Physicians may prefer MRIs to X-rays because of their superior detail; patients typically like these medical imaging tools because they do not require radiation energy. In many cases, MRIs are totally noninvasive procedures. They take only minutes to complete while patients lie comfortably on a table. Under some circumstances, the insertion of contrast dye may be necessary to render high contrast images.
Concord Imaging provides MRI services for our patient community. If you have questions about this safe and painless procedure, we are available to address your concerns. To speak with a representative at our San Antonio facility, call (210) 319-4011. For more information about our services, visit our website.
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Many health conditions develop with greater frequency as women age. As common as some problems may be, however, medical imaging procedures can discover them in their earliest stages. Early detection can substantially increase the chances of successful management and treatment for patients. If you are at least 40 years old or older, consider these medical imaging tests to help safeguard your health and quality of life.
Bone Density Scan
Osteoporosis is a disease that can affect both genders, though women suffer from it at a much higher rate than men. This condition, which causes the skeletal system to lose its mass and durability, can lead to significant injuries. Simply bumping into a piece of furniture or falling on a tiled floor can result in a broken hip or vertebra. Unfortunately, many women are unaware of their condition until an accident makes it apparent. A bone density scan can alert women and their physicians to the presence of osteoporosis. If this problem is detected, a doctor can begin a course of treatment to alleviate it.
All adult women have some risk of getting breast cancer, but this disease most often affects older individuals. As a result, many health organizations urge all women age 40 and older to undergo annual mammogram screenings. Even if women are diligent in performing their breast self-examinations and seeing their doctors for yearly clinical evaluations, small cancerous growths may go undetected. A mammogram can uncover the presence of suspicious tumors for biopsy, diagnosis, and treatment.
Women with certain smoking behaviors may want to talk with their doctors about getting annual CT scans once they turn 55 years old. Specifically, women with a long-term history of smoking at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years should consider this medical imaging test for the possible detection of lung cancer. The far majority of people with this disease are diagnosed when the cancer is already advanced; a yearly CT scan could dramatically improve the chances of early detection and successful treatment.
Is it time for you to undergo one or more of these medical imaging tests? If so, call Concord Imaging at (210) 319-4011. Our facility offers preventative screening options for women and men in the greater San Antonio area.
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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Do you know your risk? Lung cancer accounts for more deaths by cancer in the United States than any other form of the disease. To help change that statistic, more must be done to detect the disease in its earliest stages, which can increase the chances of effective cancer care. New research has determined that annual CT scans for certain demographics age 55 and older can prove instrumental in finding lung cancer when it is more easily treatable. The following guidelines can help you decide whether you should consider yearly CT scans.
Consider Your Smoking Habits
Smoking remains the primary cause of lung cancer, which is why healthcare providers are targeting this group for preventative screenings. Though not everyone who smokes will get lung cancer, studies has found that certain smoking habits can substantially contribute to the development of this disease. Smoking a minimum of a single pack of cigarettes a day for at least 30 years can place you in the category of someone who should get an annual CT scan.
Keep In Mind Your Family History
Many types of cancers run in families. Consider whether anyone within your immediate family, including a parent, sibling, or child, has already been diagnosed with lung cancer. The occurrence of lung cancer in a family member with no history of smoking may indicate the possibility of a genetic predisposition to this disease.
Consult Your Healthcare Provider
If you have concerns about your risk for lung cancer, speak with your physician. A medical professional can evaluate your health and family history to determine whether annual CT scans are right for your health needs. Other factors such as a history of exposure to certain carcinogenic materials may signal the need for yearly CT scans as well.
Would you like to learn more about the benefits of CT scan procedures? Concord Imaging can explain in further detail what this process entails and how it can help to protect your health. Call our San Antonio facility today at (210) 319-4011 for more information.
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging test that your doctor may request. This medical imaging test allows doctors to diagnose a range of issues, including tendonitis, cancer, stroke, and multiple sclerosis, among many others. It is a non-invasive exam that won’t cause discomfort. Talk to your physician about what you can expect during the medical imaging test and keep reading to learn more about how MRIs work.
Components of an MRI Scanner
During the medical imaging test, you’ll lie on a table, which is inserted into the scanner. The scanner contains a very powerful magnet. This superconducting magnet features multiple coils of wire to conduct electrical currents, which creates the magnetic field. To make the wires more efficient in conducting electricity, they are encompassed in liquid helium to significantly reduce resistance. In addition to the superconducting magnet, an MRI scanner has three gradient magnets. Although these magnets create a magnetic field that isn’t as powerful, they are critical for creating a variable magnetic field. This allows the radiologist to scan various parts of your body.
Effects of the Scanner on the Body
The human body contains hydrogen atoms. When you lie within the magnetic field created by the MRI scanner, the hydrogen atoms line up in a certain direction. Then, the MRI scanner emits a radio frequency (RF) pulse. Hydrogen protons absorb the pulses and begin spinning in a specific manner. When they no longer receive the RF pulses, they stop spinning, realign, and release the RF energy.
Development of Images
The release of the RF energy sends a signal to the coils, which is then transmitted to the computer. This signal is converted into three-dimensional images of your body. Sometimes, doctors request the use of contrast dye in order to make the images even clearer.
The medical staff at Concord Imaging is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of patient care and safety. We proudly serve residents of the San Antonio area with a range of medical imaging services, including MRIs, CT scans, and ultrasounds. We invite you to call us at (210) 319-4011 to schedule an appointment today.
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The American Cancer Society recommends that every woman who is 40 years old or older get a yearly mammogram. This video discusses the importance of maintaining this annual screening process.
A mammogram is a diagnostic tool that physicians use to determine the potential presence of cancer cells in the breasts. The ACS urges older women to undergo this process on an annual basis for two reasons. First, breast cancer can develop quickly. Just because a previous mammogram screening returned negative results, a subsequent test can uncover potentially cancerous cells the very next year. Second, early detection means more effective treatment. If the cancer is contained to the breast, doctors typically have a higher chance of successfully removing it.
Concord Imaging offers mammogram screenings for women in the greater San Antonio area. To schedule an appointment, call (210) 319-4011 today.