Shields Health Care Group Blog

Do you need an MRI for your neck pain or back pain?

Posted by Lisa Campisi

 

Back pain and neck pain is a common complaint, especially among women. These aches can be attributed to menstrual cycles, stress, lifting children and even computer use. As women age they may suffer from back pain due to past injuries, poor posture or arthritis pain - let's face it, we're more active now in later years than past generations!

So your doctor has recommended an MRI for your neck and back pain - what next?

Why an MRI for my back pain and neck pain?

If you are experiencing neck pain or back pain, your doctor may recommend that you have an MRI of your cervical spine, which is located at the top of your spine. An MRI is often recommend for ongoing pain because it can provide more detailed images than other imaging techniques (x-ray, CT) and is better at detecting abnormalities of the spinal cord, small discs, nerves and tissue.  The MRI of the cervical spine also shows parts of the lower brain including the cerebellum for evaluation. 

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Tags: back pain, neck pain, neck mri, cervical spine MRI, cost of neck mri, cost of cervical spine mri, back mri, Shields

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, [email protected]

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

CT Images of the Shoulder - Broken Clavicle / Broken Collarbone

Posted by Steve Sweriduk

What does a broken collarbone /clavicle look like on a CT scan?

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Tags: sports injury, CAT, scan, Ct, computed tomography, Shields, shoulder, clavicle, collarbone, image

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, Ct, computed tomography, Shields, radiation, magnetic resonance imaging

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, spine, MS, Multiplpe sclerosis, MRI, diagnostic, Brain, Shields, Shields MRI, magnetic resonance imaging

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

Posted by Tiron Pachet

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Tags: radiology, iPad, ipad for medicine, ipad for MRI, MRI, Ct, Shields, Shields MRI, imaging, medical imaging

MRI - Medical Images & access for elders & students abroad

Posted by Carmel Shields

I too know the importance of quick and complete access to a family member's medical information as described in a recent blog by Dr. Tiron Pechet. Although my sisters and I carry an abbreviated list of our parents medications on a laminated card in our wallets it is not always accurate in emergencies. First, it's static and must be manually updated following any and all prescription changes. This means it is only as reliable as we are diligent in updating. We are well intentioned but we aren't  perfect so neither is the medication list in our wallet. With a parent wearing a scan band, the medical version of the 'live strong bracelet,' we know and are reassured recent surgeries, medical images and physical therapy plans are easliy accesible and current. We also know our parents can avoid the lengthy and time consuming intake process common to a hospital admission or doctor's visit can be avoided because vital information is at the fingertips of the medical evaluation team. In the best of cases it is similar to a life insurance plan because we know no matter where our parents travel a treating physician can access a more complete medical history and formulate a comprehensive care plan for the best possible outcome. 

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Tags: Shields, Shields MRI, scan band

Should I keep my own MRI / CT pictures?

Posted by Tiron Pachet

Yes!  Not only should you keep them but they belong to you.

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Tags: MRI, Ct, Shields, scan band, USB images, EMR, CDs

7 Tips for HR Directors - Negotiate more for your Health Care Dollars

Posted by Christine Mavilia

To successfully recruit and retain the best talent, Human Resources Directors and Talent Managers must offer cost effective, high quality employee benefits. To help strike the best deal for employees and dependents we can not overlook the value of offering high deductible plans, limited networks and incentives for choosing the lower cost (equally qualified and capable) provider. Yet critical to implementing a high deductible plan is managing and communicating the value of your benefits package to beneficiaries.

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Tags: health care dollars, talent manager, Shields, HR, HR Directors, copays, healthcare expenses, health premiums