Shields Health Care Group Blog

What is an MRI arthrogram? What to expect for this MRI procedure.

Posted by Lisa Campisi

We found that one of the top items on shields.com that people are looking for information on is an MR arthrogram. Since so many people are interested in this topic, we thought we should provide some additional information. 

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Tags: gadolinium, arthrogram, MR arthrogram, price, joint pain, 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

Thumb MRI & Sports injuries of the thumb

Posted by Steve Sweriduk

Sports related thumb injuries are relatively common. These injuries can involve bone, joints, tendons, ligaments, or muscles. They can be quite incapacitating since the thumb is responsible for 50% of hand function

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Tags: thumb MRI, Pedroia injury, thumb injury, torn adductor, Pedroia thumb MRI, MRI, sports injury, skier's thumb

Plantar Fascia Imaging

Posted by Steve Sweriduk

The plantar fascia is a band of thick connective tissue on the bottom of the foot which supports the arch. It extends from calcaneus to the metatarsal bones like a cable connecting the front and back portions of the foot.  Abnormalities of the plantar fascia include plantar fasciitis (an inflammatory process), fibroma (a benign fibrous soft tisse mass) and tear ( possibly related to previous cortisone injection). The plantar fascia serves a major role in the biomechanics of the foot. In the setting of a plantar fascia tear, the arch loses support leading to collapse.

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Tags: radiology, Celtics, Lakers, Gasol, MRI, image, MR, imaging, medical imaging

Ten ways to make the most of your health care in 2013

Posted by Lisa Campisi

This information is from:
Castlight Health, Inc. San Francisco, CA (415) 829-1400, info@castlighthealth.c

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Tags: MRI, Shields, Shields MRI, HR Directors, PET/CT, healthcare expenses, health premiums, health insurer, PET, MRI centers, mri price

Tips for talking to your doctor about price

Posted by Lisa Campisi

Taking an active role in your health and communicating with your doctor is critical to getting good healthcare; that includes discussions around cost. Here are some tips on preparing for discussions with your doctor about price. 

Get educated. Before you go to your appointment, become familiar with your health plan. Find out about your co-pay, deductible and what procedures are covered.

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Tags: MRI, cost, Shields MRI, magnetic resonance imaging, HR, HR Directors, copays, MR, Tedy Bruschi

Torn Quadricep - as seen on an MRI

Posted by Siobhan Quinn

As the New England Patriots place Stephen Gostkowski on the injured reserve due to a torn quadricep & Shayne Graham steps in as the #1 kicker, folks are asking what does a tear look like on an MRI?

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Tags: MRI, sports injury, diagnostic, image, Shields MRI, MR, imaging, medical imaging, torn quadricep, quadricep, tear

CT Virtual Colonoscopy - What are the benefits?

Posted by Steve Sweriduk

Virtual colonoscopy (VC) is an examination of the large intestine and rectum involving a CT scan after the introduction of gas into the colon. Another name for the procedure is CT colonography.

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Tags: radiology, virtual colonoscopy, colonoscopy, MRI, CAT, cancer, diagnostic, Ct, Shields MRI, imaging, medical imaging

Hamstring Injury and MRI images

Posted by Steve Sweriduk

Soccer, football and marathon training are in full swing and we are seeing an infux of patients with an injury to the hamstring. 

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Tags: hamstring, MRI, sports injury, diagnostic, MR, imaging

Concussions & Head Trauma - What you should know

Posted by Steve Sweriduk

Marc Savard and Don Hasselback have raised awareness of concussions and the toll head trauma can take on the individual, as an athlete and in everyday life.

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Tags: MRI, sports injury, head injury, concussion, diagnostic, safety, Brain, Ct, savard, hasselback