The month of December is easily the busiest time of year for many of us. With an endless amount of things on our to-do list, the holiday season can be overwhelming. Fortunately, we have compiled a list of do's and dont's to help you stay sane during the holiday seasonRead 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
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
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
While indulging in the occasional beer may cause most people to feel guilty, beer may actually have some health benefits that are sure to surprise you. If you're ever looking for an excuse to justify your pint of beer, you're in luck! You can now contribute beer to benefiting your health.Read More
When it comes to the various MRI machine varieties, to anybody that isn't a physician they can seem confusing and foreign. With terms like "open", "closed", and "wide open" being used to describe an already intimidating imaging machine, we understand how they terms can be unclear. We are here to clear up the confusion and tell you everything you need to know about the different MRI machines.Read More
It’s no surprise that health insurance plans are confusing, but we were shocked to find out just how many people guess when choosing an insurance plan instead of simply asking questions. When you're experiencing an emergency, you don't second guess the bill, you just go to the hospital. Unfortunately many people are hit with a hefty bill after that they wouldn't have imagined in their wildest dreams.Read More
MRI’s often present many questions. What are they? How do they work? Why do they make such weird noises? How much radiation will I be exposed to? We’ve taken the time to answer your questions about the MRI process. We’ve noticed that there are two common misconceptions about MRI’s, and we’re looking to debunk these myths.Read More
While many people haven't had an MRI, chances are you might have to get one at some point. We know that being told by your doctor that you need to get an MRI can be a little overwhelming - especially if you’ve never had one before. Fortunately, there's no need to fear because getting an MRI is a very simple procedure and there is plenty of information out there so you don't go in blind folded. Here are the two main options when it comes to your MRI experience--the open MRI and the closed MRIRead More
MRI's are like the super secret weapon in the world of imaging. Not only do they serve a highly practical purpose for people in the medical field, but they can be used for so many different functions. They are classically known for identifying tumors, bone fractures, and brain activity through their imaging technology. What makes them even better is that they're relatively safe, pain-free, and they don't expose patients to radiation. Some see MRI's just as a medical device to determine injuries, but they've actually proven very useful in measuring all sorts of interesting things.Read More
In a new study, led by the researchers from UCSF and the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH), it was found that MRI scans may be more effective in determining long term brain damage than CT scans.Read More
Once January hits, and especially when we get to the warmer months like April, we start to celebrate the end of flu season. People start washing their hands a little less obsessively, forgetting about vaccinations, and throwing caution to the wind as we turn our thoughts to happier things like Easter and the impending summer! At least, most of us do. For those of us in New Mexico, however, things are a bit different. That’s right, this past week New Mexican officials issued a statement begging residents not to get too comfortable too fast. Contrary to popular belief, in New Mexico flu season is still far from over.
This year’s flu was especially nasty, almost doubling hospitalization rates in the state and leading to 28 deaths in Dona Ana County alone. Although it looks like the influenza A virus is pretty much done doing damage, influenza B is still a big threat to New Mexican residents.
It may be a little late to get vaccinations at this point, but it’s not too late to continue exercising other precautionary tactics like proper and frequent hand-washing, etc. We’re almost out of the woods, but if everyone can help out by keeping flu on the brain and continuing to try to prevent the spread for just a little bit longer, then soon enough we can start celebrating the end!
If you're about to undergo an MRI scan, you should be go into the situation with all of the facts. It's important to know your options, so you can make an educated decision on what best suits you. Everyone has different fears, experiences, and needs that different machines can tend to. Don't worry, getting an MRI doesn't have to be a scary experience, especially if you are tailoring your wants and needs with the perfect machine for you.
When choosing a location for an MRI find out what type of machine they have. Is it Open, Closed, or wide bore? Why find out the type of machine? Well it could be the difference in finding out what's wrong with you. The standard MRI machine is a closed bore unit, and looking at it, it looks like a tunnel that doesn't end. Many times people arrive to have their procedure done and find out they are more claustrophobic than they thought. Because of this you might tend to move around more which might not give the radiologist an accurate picture.
Another type of machine is considered a "wide bore" unit. This machine is sometimes called an open unit, but don't confuse it with the true open experience. The opening of the "wide bore" machine is more of an oval shape, similar to an egg. The unit does have a short bore, but still resembles a tube.
We saved the best for last. The "open" unit, is primarily used to give comfort to those patients who might want to look out a window, need to hold someone's hand, or are claustrophobic, or bariatric. The true "open" unit helps calm people as the sides are more than a wingspan away. The patients we see always tell us, "man, I don't know why anyone would want to go to one of those tube things, this was so much easier."
So next time you are being referred for an MRI make sure you know what you are getting into before arriving and finding out that you can't make it through the procedure. If you're in need of an MRI, give us a call at Clovis Open MRI. We would love to have you and answer any questions you need. You're our priority and we want to ensure you have a positive experience!
The MRI machine…one over-sized tube that chirps, squeaks, buzzes and hums loudly to signal the giant magnet that is circling around the small compartment of the tube where your head is located. This doesn't sound like anyone's favorite activity. Unfortunately, if you’re even slightly claustrophobic, an MRI machine can be your worst nightmare. But, it doesn't have to be that way! We want to ensure you have a pleasant experience with at Clovis Open MRI,, so we've come up with some ways to help you relieve your claustrophobia before and during your MRI procedure!
Consider drug therapy.
This is only appropriate for extreme circumstances where a patient believes that their claustrophobia will legitimately keep them from completing an MRI procedure. Drugs should be temporary, used only for the procedure, prescribed by a doctor and also approved by the facility doing the MRI.
Think about herbal remedies.
There are a lot of natural herbal medicines that help ease the anxiety caused by claustrophobia. Two of the most effective herbs are passionflower and kava. These can be taken as tablets or capsules, or used in teas and tinctures as well.
Use various relaxation techniques.
If you start to panic, breathe in through your nose for ten seconds and then exhale through your mouth for ten more seconds. Continue the pattern to help slow your heart rate. Try to think about happy or relaxing things while you’re in the MRI machine as well. Our centers also allow you to listen to music during your procedure, which is a great distraction for patients and can help keep them feeling calm and relaxed.
Have a friend in the room.
If you’re feeling nervous, it always helps to have someone in the room with you. Our technologists are always available to sit with patients during their procedures, to hold their hands, or even just to keep up conversation with them during the procedure.
Find an alternative machine.
If you suffer from claustrophobia, it’s highly recommended that you have your MRI procedure at a facility that has open MRI machines. Rather than placing your head inside a small tube, open MRI machines provide much more space for patients. You can see the difference in the images below. The first one is a traditional closed MRI machine, the second is an open MRI machine.
At Clovis Open MRI, we understand how scary an MRI procedure can be for patients, especially for those who suffer from claustrophobia. It’s because of this that we chose to provide our patients with an open MRI machine rather than a closed MRI machine. Our staff is highly supportive, and will go out of their way to ensure the comfort of each patient as they undergo the procedure. Keep the tips above in mind when you head in for your MRI procedure, and don’t be nervous! We’re here for you.
What gives you cancer? Every day the answer changes. Not wearing sunscreen used to be a surefire way to increase your risk of cancer, then within years there were claims that wearing sunscreen was actually what put you at risk for developing cancer. Studies come out every week, each one with different results. What you should eat, what you shouldn’t eat…it’s impossible to know. Cancer is a difficult disease, and it’s one that is still largely a mystery to doctors today, even after years of study. There are a lot of mixed opinions, conflicting studies, and differing viewpoints. All we can do is keep up with the latest news and hope that it helps.
One of the most recent cancer studies was conducted by the University College of London, and it identifies processed sugar as one of the driving forces behind the growth and spread of cancer tumors. The study, which was based around the concept that tumors consume more glucose than normal, healthy tissues do in order to sustain their growth, could have some pretty interesting ramifications for the future of cancer screening.
For the study, scientists sensitized an MRI scanner to look specifically for glucose in the body. They noticed that cancer tumors light up very brightly when screened for this way, mostly because they contain high amounts of sugar. The technique is called “glucose chemical exchange saturation transfer”, and it was proven to be incredibly effective during the study.
Researchers are pretty excited about it. Dr. Simon Walker-Samuel, the lead researcher of the study from the UCL Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging, said that “The method uses an injection of normal sugar and could offer a cheap, safe alternative to existing methods for detecting tumors, which require the injection of radioactive material”.
While the results of the study may show exciting new possibilities for the way we conduct cancer screening, they also issue a word of warning to citizens about monitoring their sugar intake. “What we’re beginning to learn,” said Dr. Lewis Cantley, head of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University, “is that insulin can cause adverse effects in various tissues, and a particular concern is cancer. If you happen to have a tumor that has insulin receptors on it, then it will get stimulated to take up the glucose that’s in the bloodstream. So rather than going to the fat or to the muscle, the glucose now goes into the tumor, and the tumor uses it to grow.”
The study highlights the importance of maintaining a balanced, healthy diet, reducing sugar intake to help minimize the risk of cancer. Does it work? We don’t know for sure. But it’s an interesting idea, and it never hurts to eat healthy! To read the full article, you can click here.
You come in for a CT, an MRI, or some other medical procedure. You wear the gown, you do your time in the tube, then you get dressed and go home wondering “I wonder what they found”. For some, the question doesn’t remain unanswered for long. For others, especially those waiting for more critical responses, that answer could take weeks. I remember the day my friend’s mom went in for her biopsy. They’d discovered a mass in her breast during a previous MRI scan, and decided to do a biopsy to see if it was cancerous. I remember them telling her it would be two weeks before everything would be tested and her doctor had an open time available to sit down and read her the results.
I remember wondering how she’d manage to wait that long, and thinking that for someone who’s about to find out whether or not they have cancer, two weeks must feel like a lifetime to wait.
According to studies from UC San Francisco’s Dr. Maria Wei and colleagues, I wasn’t too far off. Traditionally the standard has been to deliver biopsy results in person, because doctors felt like it was a more personal way to deliver difficult news. What this meant, though, was that patients had to wait long after the results were in to actually schedule an appointment and receive the news.
Wei and her colleagues have surveyed patients at melanoma clinics around the country about whether or not they preferred the traditional way of delivering test results, and they found that now more than ever, patients want to know the news as soon as they possibly can.
It’s agonizing sitting around and waiting for something that could be potentially life changing, and patients are starting to admit that rather than sitting down with a doctor, they’d prefer to be informed of their test results over the phone as soon as the information is made available to their doctor.
It’s an interesting idea, and one that many centers are hoping to embrace. Dr. Jennifer Stein, a dermatologist at NYU School of Medicine, noted that “As generations change and as technology changes, we may be more moving in that direction. Asking a patient how they want to receive information can be really illuminating.”
This year we’ve been really focusing on trying to figure out what our patients and providers want from us. We created this blog as a point of contact, a way of reaching out and connecting with each of you.
We’ve used it to share information about our center, our staff, and the medical procedures that we do here. We’ve done spotlights, we’ve done survival stories, and we’ve done some really random stuff as well.
Our goal has always been to use this blog as a way to provide you guys with information, be a source of entertainment or enjoyment during a long and boring day, and share what you feel you need to hear/see. It’s a blog for the people, from the people.
So we’re asking for suggestions from all of you out there! What’s something you want to see more of? What’s something that you get excited reading about, or even sharing with your friends? What types of content do you look forward to reading on our blog?
We’d love if you could take the take to share with us. Leave us a comment, send us a personal message, or if you’re in the office don’t hesitate to speak with one of our workers! Any suggestions that you have would be greatly appreciated. The more we know about what you guys want to see, the more we can share it with you!
October is a beautiful month, and between the fall changes and the trick or treating and the pumpkin carving, it can be easy to forget to focus on what we think is one of the most important parts of October: bringing awareness to and taking a stand against breast cancer, an ugly disease that seems to rear its head more and more often every year. Usually during this time of the year, you start getting flooded with bra decorating contests. It was a very original idea when it was first created, but it’s become a staple of October since then, with millions of different organizations each offering their own contest every year. The concept is a simple one: decorate a bra and donate the money towards funding for breast cancer research. Unfortunately, oversaturation has become a bit of an issue.
Every year we’re finding that less and less people are participating, and we believe it’s because people have gotten tired of seeing the same thing year after year. That’s very sad to us. So we wanted to take a little bit of time to remind you why things like the bra decorating contest are actually important.
1) They do in fact raise awareness, and without awareness a solution can never be found. People have to know about the problem if we expect them to help be a part of solving it.
2) It’s a light-hearted way to talk about a heavy issue. It’s not easy to talk about cancer. It’s an ugly disease that has stolen loved ones from so many people, and it’s hard to find a way to bring attention to the issue without bringing up painful memories. Doing that in a light-hearted way makes it easier for people to get involved.
3) Bra decorating contests have raised millions of dollars for breast cancer research over the years. It doesn’t always feel like getting all arts-and-craftsy with a cheap Walmart bra is really accomplishing anything, but in reality these bra decorating contests (as silly as they might seem) are actually huge contributors to breast cancer research funding. Our contest may only end up raising $100, but if one million organizations each raise $100, that’s $100,000,000.
It may be too late to enter our contest, since decorated bras are already up for voting, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get involved. We encourage you to take part in the voting process on our Facebook page, and if you feel inspired then you can just donate to the cause as well!
You don’t have to decorate a bra to show that you care about breast cancer. Just be involved. Help raise awareness. Educate yourself and help educate others. And if you do enjoy decorating bras, then that’s great too! Either way, it’s the people like you who can help companies make strides towards finding a cure for this horrible disease.
People have said for years that high heels are bad for your joints, yet stylish women everywhere still enjoy stepping into these shoes for work and for play. It turns out these women may actually be doing their knees a favor, according to a new article. Researchers found that running shoes increases strain on hip, knee, and ankle joints and causes 38% more ankle twisting than being barefoot.
How does this relate to high heels, you wonder?
The strain running shoes caused on these joints is worse than the strain walking in high heels causes, according to the study’s lead researcher D. Casey Kerrigan of JKM Technologies LLC.
Unfortunately, that does not mean that medical experts are now recommending trading in sneakers for stilettos.
Instead, the suggestion from this study is to aim for barefoot running.
Obviously, running without shoes poses its own health risks, so the fairly new trend of “barefoot” running may be the best option. These “barefoot” shoes are designed to allow the arch is to absorb the shock stemming from hitting the pavement, just as they would when running barefoot. However, this trend is not without its own risks.
The good news is that research is still being performed and hopefully will result in better shoe design and technology that will allow runners to stay fit, while preserving their joints.
Here's a video to learn barefoot running.