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, MRI Costs, claustrophobia, MRI danger, radiology

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, MRI, image, MR, imaging, medical imaging

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, MRI, CAT, cancer, diagnostic, Shields MRI, imaging, medical imaging, PET/CT

Does my size matter if I need an MRI?

Posted by Lisa McChesney

Generally speaking you can get a high-quality MRI scan in a comfortable setting regardless of your body size. Access to care is not driven by body size though your personal comfort may come into play. In fact, professional athletes of all shapes and sizes have completed an MRI scan or two! 

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Tags: scan time, radiology, MRI, claustrophobia, Shields MRI, imaging, medical imaging, sports

Radiation Therapy - deciphering common Radiation Therapy terms

Posted by Carmel Shields

The world of cancer care is often surrounded by terms and
acronyms unfamiliar to most of us. In this blog we offer a glossary of common terms related to radiation therapy:
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Tags: cancer, radiation, radiology

Do I need an MRI or CT?

Posted by Siobhan Quinn

Do I need an MRI or CT? is one of the most frequently asked questions we hear on a daily basis and often followed by the question Is it safe?  

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Tags: MRI, CAT, safety, computed tomography, Shields, radiology, PET/CT

MS and MRI

Posted by Steve Sweriduk

Although the cause of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is unknown ongoing research is moving forward at a remarkable pace and more potential therapies appear to be in the pipeline than ever before. 

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Tags: radiology, MRI, diagnostic, Brain, Shields, Shields MRI

iPad – the Role of the iPAD in Medicine and MRI Imaging

Posted by Tiron Pachet

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Tags: radiology, MRI, Shields, Shields MRI, imaging, medical imaging, PET/CT

Radiology Reports and Speech Recognition – Technology run amok!

Posted by Siobhan Quinn

As medical professionals in MRI and CT, we pride ourselves on operating a high quality, patient- focused imaging facility with exceptionally trained radiologists and state-of-the-art equipment. Although our radiologists sit in dark rooms reading scans day and night every so often there is a glimmer of humor, dark humor you might say, added to their day.

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Tags: radiology, MRI, PET/CT

Radiation Cancer Treatment & Safety - Questions to Ask

Posted by Carmel Shields

Recently  reported radiation treatment mishaps have spurred Members of Congress to investigate what should be ‘never events". While the incidents cited were extremely unfortunate, in most instances radiation therapy treats and cures many cancers safely and effectively yet there are questions to ask and answers to have before you choose a radiation therapy facility.

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Tags: cancer, safety, radiology