Diagnostic imaging tests are useful for taking a closer look at areas of concerns and providing doctors with an inside view of the body’s internal structures. Our radiologists primarily use MRI’s to help our patients with their areas of concerns, while researchers can utilize the same technology to learn more about the brain. Brain MRI’s have played an important role in learning more about the effect domestic violence has on the brain.Read More
The field of radiology is constantly changing and evolving overtime. Technological advancements have rolled in ever since the conception of the MRI scanner. This imaging scanner has become a favorite of our radiologists along with our patients for its quality images and overall comfort. Let's take a look back in time to how MRI technology has changed overtime and how it continues to evolve.Read More
During Prostate Cancer Awareness month, we are focusing on prostate cancer and how it affects men of all ages. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men, other than skin cancer. While many men might encounter this cancer throughout their lifetime, knowing the signs and symptoms can help stop this disease in its path. Fight prostate cancer by learning more about the common signs associated with this cancer and symptoms to look out for.Read More
This year there are more fidgeting toys on the market than ever before. Stress-relief toys are becoming more trendy, but you have to be able to separate the ones that actually work from the marketing ploys. Here are some solutions that won’t wreak havoc in a classroom or annoy the heck out of your co-workers.Read More
Your digestive system depends on you to make the right food choices and live a healthy lifestyle. It is responsible for absorbing nutrients from food, eliminating waste and keeping your organs functional. Improving your digestive health starts with correct dietary choices. By following these tips, you can change the way you process your energy.Read More
In radiology, one of the most common uses of an x-ray is to identify broken bones. It may be a patient's first interaction with a radiologist too, since breaking a bone (especially as a child) is very common. What most people don't understand is that there are various types of bone fractures. So we are providing you with a crash course on the different types of bone fractures.Read More
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that slowly destroys a person’s memory and impairs their speech, thinking, and behavior. Unfortunately, 47 million people are currently living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementias worldwide. Alzheimer’s is irreversible, but it can be caught in the early stages when the best treatment options are available. Treating the disease in its early stages can slow the worsening dementia symptoms and improve quality of life.Read More
A stroke is an attack on the brain caused when the blood flow is interrupted. There are two kinds of strokes: ischemic stroke and a hemorrhagic stroke. 85% of strokes are ischemic, which is when the blood supply is blocked by blood clots or plaque build-up. Which means about 15% of strokes are hemorrhagic, which is when a blood vessel bursts. Brain cells begin to die in both cases, where permanent damage could result.Read More
Emergencies happen even during the most unexpected times. As a medical imaging center, we have the possibility of an emergency occurring with our technology. Fortunately, we are prepared if the MRI machine happens to go down and are able to handle any issues that our staff might encounter.Read More
Bone scans and MRI’s are both important imaging tools that are used in similar ways, yet share numerous differences. These imaging modalities can be used to detect certain bone diseases. While bone scans are traditionally recommended by doctors, new studies have shown the benefits of utilizing MRI technology for various bone issues.Read More
Maintaining healthy bones is vital to avoid bone conditions like rickets and osteoporosis. In order to prevent these diseases, It is important to know how to improve bone health. While it is widely known that calcium and vitamin D are required to have good bone health, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and other nutrients are also good for bones. Improving your bone health can be easy if you incorporate these foods into your diet.Read More
Radiologists often use MRI images to diagnose various ailments, but did you know that fruits and vegetables could undergo MRI scans as well? A technologist at Boston University School of Medicine initially did a test scan on an orange. The test images he saw amazed him, and he began to test other produce.Read More
While studies have proven the importance of sleep time and time again, many of us struggle with getting enough z's at night. Whether it is a lack of sleep or inability to sleep well at night, try incorporating these tips into your daily night time routine.Read More
While meditation is often known as an essential aspect of yoga, this practice has also been attributed to having various health benefits. Some yogis refer to meditation as ‘mental hygiene’ for its ability to relieve stress and encourage mindfulness. Let’s take a closer look at the ways that you can benefit from meditation.Read More
With about 45% of Americans suffering from at least once a chronic disease, healthcare spending is inevitable for most people. Saving money on expensive medical procedures can be possible with the help of technology. We have witnessed first hand how tools like SaveOnMedical have helped our patients get the best affordable price on our MRI scans.Read More
The Zika virus became a major concern for many people in the areas most affected, but especially for pregnant women. Due to the concerns for the mothers and potential birth defects for their babies. An MRI series has explored in depth how Zika exposure affects the womb.
An MRI Study On Zika
A study was conducted using fetal MRI imaging on babies exposed to Zika during pregnancy. While the study did not include any infants with microcephaly, the study assisted in shedding more light on how pregnancies are affected by Zika. All babies included in the study appeared healthy and had mothers that were confirmed to be pregnant when they contracted the Zika virus.
The focus of this study was based on if babies appeared normal at birth if they have been completely protected from microcephaly.
"We don't know the long-term neurological consequences of having Zika if your brain looks normal. That is what's so scary, the uncertainty about long-term outcomes." -Sarah B. Mulkey, MD, PhD."
Of the 48 babies selected for the study, only three of fetuses had abnormal MRI results. Further studies are being done to find out if the complications found were Zika related. Researchers are hoping that the more research is done on Zika and its effect on the fetus, that vaccines can be developed.
The Effects of Zika On Mothers and Their Babies
The Zika virus can be passed directly from a mother to her fetus during pregnancy. The Zika virus can be contracted through infected mosquitos or through sexual intercourse with an infected person. An effective vaccine has not been discovered yet, but researchers hope that studies similar to this one will help with discovering an effect way to treat this virus.
We love how the technology of MRI’s can help researchers learn more about diseases such as Zika while allowing us to help diagnose the ailments of our patients at Clovis Open MRI. Be sure to know the risk factors for contracting Zika and about areas of concerns when traveling if you are pregnant.
Spring is in the air, but this also rings in the season for sniffling and sneezing. With an increase in the pollen in the air, seasonal allergies are effect many of us. Fortunately, you can combat the springtime sniffles these defenses.Read More
With 83% of Americans drinking coffee daily, it's safe to safe coffee is one of the most popular beverages on a worldwide scale. This beverage is loved for its robust flavor and caffeinated kick that can be consumed in a variety of ways. A new study may encourage the dedicated coffee drinkers to lessen their daily dose due to the potential health side effects.Read More
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCAAD) to bring thought and awareness to the stigma around alcoholism, its causes, and the recovery options available. Each April, the NCAAD and other affiliates come together to address the nation’s #1 public health problem—alcoholism. Let’s take a closer look into the negative effects alcohol can have on your overall health.Read More