Shields Health Care Group Blog

7 things you should know about an MRI (like there are certain people who shouldn't get them!)

Posted by Lisa Campisi

An average of one in ten people need an MRI each year and if you are one of them, chances are that you’re a tad nervous. Hopefully knowing these 7 things about MRIs beforehand will help you have an easier and pleasant experience.

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Tags: MRI, claustrophobia, radiation, MRI Costs, MRI danger

Is it 40 or 50? Clearing up the Confusion about Mammography Age Recommendations.

Posted by Lisa Campisi

Early detection remains the best way to improve survival rates of breast cancer. Millions of women know the importance of and participate in regularly scheduled screening mammograms, but there has been varied recommendations in the news around the age guidelines for screening mammograms. Below is some important information about screening guidelines about why you should have your first annual screening mammogram starting at age 40.

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Tags: mammography, mammogram, breast MRI, lowell general hospital

Spring runners: Beware increased mileage. MRI and Patellar Tendonitis.

Posted by Mary Scanlan

With the start of spring, there one thing New Englanders always look forward to: warmer weather. And if you’re a runner, that means the end of treadmill season!  As the Boston Marathon approaches, many runners will be pushing themselves to hit the pavement and squeeze in those extra training miles. This may seem like a good idea, but you could be setting yourself up for one of the most common runner’s injuries: patellar tendonitis, or “jumper’s knee”.

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Tags: Boston Marathon, runner's injury, Dr. Ketan Patel, runner injury, knee MRI, jumper's knee, dr. Katz

3 Reasons to schedule your MRI now at Shields MRI

Posted by Lisa Campisi

Many annual deductibles, flexible spending, health savings and overall insurance benefits renew at the end of December. If your doctor has recommended an MRI, don’t wait to schedule the appointment.

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Tags: MRI, MR, FSA, MRI Costs

Did you know a Pap Test does NOT detect ovarian cancer? Know the symptoms & signs for detection.

Posted by Lisa Campisi

Ovarian cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells are found inside or near the ovaries. Early detection for ovarian cancer is very important, in fact, when ovarian cancer is diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages (stage I or II), the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent, this is compared to a survival rate as low as 28 percent if caught in stage III or higher.

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Tags: ovarian cancer;, ovaries MRI, ovarian cysts, pelvic MRI, ovarian mri

Self-refer and self-pay for a breast MRI scan? Yes, you can... and right on Cape Cod.

Posted by Lisa Campisi

The wave of the future in breast cancer screening is now available only on Cape Cod.

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Tags: breast cancer, mammography, mammogram, breast MRI, Breast screening,

Five questions you should ask BEFORE your MRI.

Posted by John Geiger

When you doctor tells you that you’ll need an MRI scan, you’ll likely have a few questions on your mind. However, are they the right ones? Shields MRI, the largest MRI network in New England, shares the five questions you SHOULD be asking when your doctor recommends an MRI. 

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Tags: mri, 1.5T MRI, 3T MRI, MRI technology, open MRI

X-ray, MRI, PET, CT & PET/CT: A closer look at these common imaging techniques

Posted by John Geiger

X-rays, MRI, CT, PET & PET/CT are just some of the more familiar imaging technologies today used to see what’s happening inside of us. While these advanced imaging techniques are common today, there is often confusion about what the differences are and more so, when how they are best used and when. Shields Health Care Group, the leading provider of outpatient services such as MRI, PET/CT and X-ray, has more than 30 locations throughout New England and sheds some light on the differences between these important imaging techniques.

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Tags: MRI, Ct, PET/CT, PET, X-ray, What is MRI?

Stilettos a staple in your wardrobe? Think twice before wearing high heels.

Posted by Lisa Campisi

While the stiletto is a staple in many women’s wardrobe, wearing high-heels may put you at risk for Morton’s neuroma, a nerve condition that can induce pain in the foot described as “crippling, sharp and burning”. In fact, a new study shows that women are 8-10 times more likely to develop Morton’s neuroma compared to men – and the blame is placed on the height of their heels. 

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Tags: MR, morton's neuroma, foot MRI

ACL injury & lacrosse: an athlete's perspective on prevention, MRI & recovery

Posted by Siobhan McCarthy

 

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