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
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
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
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
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.
With an abundance of diagnostic imaging scans to choose from, deciding on which is best for your area of concern can be difficult for those who aren't experts in the field of radiology. A common question we receive from our patients is "what is the difference between CT and MRI scans?". We're here to set the record straight and give you everything you need to know to choose which scan is best for you.Read More
While MRI’s are commonly used to diagnose various ailments, functional magnetic resonance imaging scans plays another role in the medical imaging world. fMRI utilizes the same technology as traditional MRI, but these functional MRI scans focus on brain activity specifically.Read More
Following non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the US and the leading cause of cancer death for men. Since prostate cancer develops on the prostate gland in the male reproductive system, biopsies for prostate cancer can be painful and invasive. Fortunately, MRI’s are becoming known for being the best tool for diagnosing prostate cancer.Read More
Sprained ankles are one of the most common injuries, accounting for 25,000 injuries per day. Proper care for sprained ankles is vital to speeding up the healing process and ensuring that long-term issues are avoided. The acronym RICE will help you provide your ankle with the care it needs and heal your sprain in no time.Read More
With one of three American adults at risk for Kidney disease, bringing awareness on how to promote kidney health is vital to preventing chronic kidney disease (CKD). Fortunately, following a few simple life changes can halt this growing epidemic.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
MRI’s play an important role in giving researchers answers to important questions when conducting a scientific study. A new MRI study that is the first of its kind has been focusing on predicting autism in high-risk kids. This study not only gave researchers the answers they were hoping for, but it also showed that MRI’s can possibly predict autism before the age of 1.Read More
The obstacles we face on a daily basis can seem overwhelming at times and almost unbearable. But know that, you're never alone.
Support groups are gatherings of people who share a common health concern or interest. Support groups can offer a network for people who need fellowship from those who understand their struggles. By joining a support group, you can find a supportive community of people to help you overcome any stresses you may encounter.Read More
MRI images are truly captivating. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is utilized by physicians to create a visual picture inside of the body of important diagnostic information. The musculoskeletal system, bone marrow abnormalities, congenital cardiac abnormalities, and internal organs are just a few of the internal images MRI’s are best for.
While many of us know what MRI’s are used for and what they are like, actually visualizing the images they create brings the technology to life. Here are a few moving images from MRI scans that will take your breath away.Read More
Diagnostic imaging technology can be used to give important answers to patients with a variety of concerns. Based on which scan a doctor suggests, you have the option to go to a hospital or an outpatient imaging center like Clovis Open MRI. People are looking for the highest quality while still maintaining an affordable price, and most times will be able to find that an outpatient imaging center will give them the cost and quality balance that they are looking for.Read More
Laughter is a connecting force between all people from various cultures and experiences. Even from infancy, laughter has been a way to respond to different stimuli. While all of us have experienced laughter, many of us don’t understand the science behind it. This MRI study reveals everything about laughter and how our brain experiences it.Read More