Shields Health Care Group Blog

Kanye's doctor recommended an MRI for migraine. Why didn't yours?

Posted by Lisa Campisi

News stations have recently reported that Kanye West was rushed to a hospital in Australia during his recent tour due to an intense migraine. If you suffer from migraines, you may be asking yourself why your doctor didn’t recommend an MRI. While there is a chance that Kanye’s doctor, like many of us, may have just been plain curious about what is going on in his head, but since an MRI scan is not able to diagnose migraines, cluster or tension headaches, it’s more likely that he is either suffering from chronic headaches or they were trying to rule out another medical condition.   

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Tags: 1.5T MRI, Kanye West, migraine, chronic headache, headache, brain tumor, brain MRI, 1.5T

Three questions to ask your doctor when he says "MRI."

Posted by Lisa Campisi

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can be a very helpful tool at diagnosing many problems ranging from orthopedic to neurological to breast. However, as a patient, you want to be sure that the MRI is necessary and helpful to your situation. The opposite may also be true; your doctor may not order an MRI and you feel they should. As patients become more responsible for their health care, asking your doctor these three questions can help make you feel comfortable with the recommendations made for your care.

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Tags: breast MRI, claustrophobia, back mri, 1.5T

Head trauma: a serious threat to children athletes. Is an MRI needed?

Posted by James Ivas

If your children play football or any contact sport, do they face the risk of injuring their head? Yes. If he or she never experiences a concussion, are they risk-free from any negative changes in the brain? No.

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Tags: 3T, sports injury, head injury, concussion, cost, 1.5T, TBI, traumatic brain injury, sports-related concussion, concussion MRI, Shields MRI, copays, pediatric MRI, child MRI

What patients want to know about MRI machines. 1.2T, 1.5T, 3T - whats the difference?

Posted by Lisa Campisi

Everyone is encouraging patients to “shop around” for their healthcare. But that can be confusing when you don’t know exactly what to look for with an MRI! What machine is best? What questions should I ask? What does a 1.5T even mean?

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Tags: 3T, 1.2T, open-bore MRI, MRI, claustrophobia, 1.5T, open MRI