Shields Health Care Group Blog

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, head injury, concussion, diagnostic, safety, Brain, sports, PET/CT

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

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

CT / CAT Scan - minimize radiation exposure

Posted by Siobhan Quinn

Q: Will I be exposed to radiation when I have a CT scan?

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

Will I be exposed to radiation if I have an MRI?

Posted by Tiron Pachet

No.  You will not receive any ionizing radiation. In non-technical terms, ionizing radiation means radiation that is capable of altering chemical compounds. – In this case the chemicals that make up your body or DNA.  Mostly we’re worried about radiation that could potentially alter our DNA  If radiation cannot change DNA then there is no accepted scientific evidence that it can cause cancer.  During a clinical MRI examination you will not receive radiation that is capable of damaging or altering the chemical structure of your DNA.

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Tags: MRI, cancer, safety, radiation, radiology, PET/CT