The Most Important Questions To Ask At Your Diagnostic Imaging Center

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The Most Important Questions To Ask At Your Diagnostic Imaging Center

When it comes to your healthcare, you likely have a good number of options where your digital imaging providers are concerned. It’s important to know whether or not you have found the right facility to get the care you need and what better way to know whether or not this is the case than by asking the right questions? When you have the answers to these questions, you can make an informed decision about which diagnostic imaging provider will be the best choice for you. Regardless of the imaging procedure you need completed, asking all of the following questions to several providers in your area will land you at the right center for you.

  1. How do your prices compare to those at radiology centers and hospitals in Kingston?
    Learning how much more or less you will be paying at a diagnostic imaging center, as opposed to a hospital or radiology center is important because it could be the difference between you paying a reasonable amount or not.

  2. Is your center recommended by other physicians in the area?
    If a diagnostic imaging center is being recommended by physicians in your area, chances are it’s where you want to be. Doctors do not make recommendations lightly, and therefore won’t send you somewhere that they think would do a poor job.

  3. Do you have the most current imaging technology at your facility?
    While having the newest technology at a diagnostic imaging center is not required, having up to date technology is important. You don’t want to go in for an MRI only to discover that the machine being used in the facility is from 1998.

  4. Do you offer advanced imaging services at the same location?
    If you have the choice, you will want to visit a multi-modality center. This will allow for you to have multiple scans in the same day, rather than having to go multiple locations to get your different screenings.

  5. How do they handle patients who suffer from claustrophobia?
    Many people can get a bit panicked when they are in an MRI machine since it is such a small space. Some centers have open MRI machines that can be used in the case that a patient is claustrophobic or overweight.

  6. How long will I have to wait for my results?
    Having to wait a long time to get the results of a scan back can be extremely nerve-wracking. You want to make sure you are going to a diagnostic imaging center that will get your results to you in a timely manner. Additionally, you may be able to see your scans online depending on which facility you visit.

Contact Vision Imaging of Kingston for an Appointment

If you need the help of a professional medical imaging center that has your best interest in mind, be sure to call or stop into Vision Imaging of Kingston today. We can answer all of the questions above in no time at all and put you at ease about any procedure you may need to undergo.

 

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5 Reasons Women Don’t Get Annual Mammograms

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5 Reasons Women Don’t Get Annual Mammograms

Mammograms are no one’s favorite thing to participate in. Unfortunately, regardless of how much you despise them, they are a necessary medical procedure should you want to stay on top of your health. This is especially true if you are female, as one in eight women in the United States alone will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime.

Due to the commonality of this type of cancer, mammograms are in no way something that should be considered optional. However, for one reason or another, women choose to skip their annual mammogram quite frequently. Regardless of what your reason may be, we have an answer as to why it’s not a good enough reason to prevent you from getting regular mammograms. Continue reading below to learn why exactly your reason isn’t good enough.

 

  1. You’re unable to afford a mammogram.
    You may not be insured, which can be an issue when it comes to paying for a mammogram. Luckily, there plenty of low-cost or even free mammograms that are offered by community-based programs. Try searching for services like this that are offered in your town so that money doesn’t have to be an issue.

  2. You’re afraid that the radiation will cause cancer.
    While the first kinds of mammograms that were offered to women did expose the woman to a minor amount of radiation, imaging technology used today, known as digital mammography, uses an extremely low and safe amount of radiation. Therefore, you will not be putting your body at risk by having a mammogram today.

  3. You don’t have the time to get a mammogram.
    Plain and simple, this excuse doesn’t hold any weight. After all, the entire screening procedure only take about 20 minutes to complete. You could easily have a mammogram completed while you are on your lunch break. So what’s the problem?

  4. You think the mammogram will be painful.
    Due to the transition that has been made to doctors using digital mammography, the most you will be exposed to during your mammogram is some slight discomfort. The new design of the machine’s paddles allow for them to flex with your body and apply pressure only when it is needed.

  5. You’re afraid of the possible results.
    This is the most valid excuse we can think of. Of course having a mammogram is a bit on the scary side. You may be especially wary if you or someone you know has had breast cancer. However, the more often you have these tests, the more likely it is that you will survive, even if cancerous cells are located.

Vision Imaging of Kingston Provides Mammograms

If you need to schedule a mammogram soon, call Vision Imaging of Kingston today. Our talented staff will do all they can to make you feel comfortable as well as get you in and out of the office in no time at all.  Let us help you to take care of yourself. You will never find an imaging center who will provide you with better care than us.

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How Much Do You Know About DEXA Scans?

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How Much Do You Know About DEXA Scans?

Whether you heard the term on a medical television show or in your own doctor’s office, DEXA scans are a fairly common procedure in the world of medical imaging. While the term may be something that you are familiar with, you may not know anything about what this procedure actually entails. At Vision Imaging of Kingston, we perform DEXA scans all the time, and therefore, we know a lot about them. Below you can discover what exactly a DEXA scan is and why people need to have them from time to time.

What does “dexa” stand for?

The first question we get from our patients when it comes to these types of scans is, “What does ‘DEXA’ stand for?” If this is something you have wondered in the past, let us inform you. Dexa stands for ‘Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry’.

What are DEXA scans used for?

DEXA scans are used to test the density of one’s bones. This sort of scan is great for diagnosing Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. For the most part, this test will first be used to determine if a patient is suffering from either of these bone conditions. After that, additional scans may be used to determine what the treatment plan should be moving forward. For the most part, women do not have to have one of these scans until they are 65 or older, unless they have any risk of having osteoporosis, but we will talk about that next.

Who should have DEXA scans?

As we mentioned before, women over 65 should have one of these scans in order to ensure they are not suffering from Osteoporosis or Osteopenia. However, that doesn’t mean that men shouldn’t have one of these tests completed, as they are at risk of these diseases as well. For men, the symptoms of weakening bones can begin at any age so it’s important to note any weakness or recurring injuries that may indicate a DEXA scan should be completed.

Are there people who shouldn’t have DEXA scans?

For the most part, anyone can have this scan, with the exception of women who are or may be pregnant. On the other hand, it is important to talk to your doctor thoroughly before having one of these scans as other tests you’ve had recently may mean you have to wait to have a DEXA completed.

How should you prepare for this scan?

Because this test is not invasive, it does not require that you prepare for it much at all. There are just a couple of thing you should know if you are having a DEXA scan anytime soon.

  • Should you be taking calcium supplements, you should STOP taking them up at least 48 hours before your scan.

  • If you are taking medication for Osteoporosis or Osteopenia already, you should not take them the day of the test.

  • You can, however, eat and drink normally the day of your scan.

Want to have a DEXA Scan?

If you think you may be suffering from Osteoporosis or Osteopenia and you would like to have a DEXA scan to find out, contact Vision Imaging of Kingston today. We can make you an appointment in no time and assist you in any potential diagnosis or treatment.

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6 Medical Imaging Technologies That Could Save Your Life

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6 Medical Imaging Technologies That Could Save Your Life

Currently there is an incredible number of medical procedures that allow us to take a good look inside of our bodies. This is extremely beneficial to people everywhere, as the key to beating illness is early detection. This means once someone begins to exhibit even the most subtle of symptoms, a diagnosis and treatment plan can be made quickly. Keeping this in mind, it’s important for you to know what sort of imaging technologies can lead to early detection and perhaps save your life.

Mammogram

While mammograms are no woman’s favorite activity to partake in, a few minutes of discomfort could absolutely save your life. Because breast cancer is much more common in women who are over 40, it is recommended that you begin to have an annual mammogram in order to ensure you are not at risk of breast cancer. In the case that your mother or sister had breast cancer before they were 50 years old, you may want to consider starting to have your annual mammograms starting as early as 30.

 

Chest X-Ray/Chest CT

You may not be aware, but lung cancer is number one cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. If you are or were a smoker, you should ask your doctor about having a regular chest x-ray to ensure you are not living with cancerous cells in your lungs.

Pelvic Ultrasound

When you have an ultrasound, high frequency sound waves are are used to see inside your abdomen and pelvis without the use of radiation. Most often people will have a pelvic ultrasound is they are experiencing pain in their pelvic region.

Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound

Your aorta is the largest artery in your entire body. Occasionally, an aneurysm can occur in this area, causing the aorta to dilate to an abnormally large size. Once it becomes so big, there is the possibility that it could rupture, which in turn can lead to death. Having this screening test can help to identify this problem early, which will allow you to have a safe surgery before the aortic aneurysm unexpectedly takes your life.

CT Colonoscopy

Colon cancer is far more common than most people realize. Having a colonoscopy is by no means the most pleasant procedure, but considering it could save your life from an aggressive disease like colon cancer, we think it’s worth the short-term discomfort. CT Colonoscopies are much quicker, safer and less invasive than regular colonoscopies. A small tube is put into the lower rectum, after which gas inflates the colon just for a few minutes. The CT images that are rendered from the process can identify everything from kidney stones to colon cancer.

Cardiac CT Angiogram

If you want to live a long happy life, you need to keep your heart as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, even when we seem to take pretty good care of ourselves, things like genetics can lead to heart problems. Having a cardiac CT angiogram will allow your doctor to see the shape you heart is in, including your arteries.

Call Vision Imaging of Kingston

If you are concerned about your health and would like to schedule an appointment to see a member of our talented staff, and ensure that you are healthy as can be both inside and out.

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9 Amazing Facts About X-Rays You Didn’t Know

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9 Amazing Facts About X-Rays You Didn’t Know

While most people have had an x-ray at one point or another throughout their life, they may not know much about them. No, it isn’t imperative that you know the history behind x-rays in order to have one completed, but there is some pretty interesting information out there that surrounds the x-ray process. Continue reading below to learn more about one of the most popular and widely-used diagnostic imaging methods.

X-Rays Have Been Around Longer Than You Think

German physicist, Willhelm Roentgen discovered and developed x-rays in 1895. It only took a couple of weeks for surgeons and physicians in Germany to begin using this technology after it was announced. A year later, x-rays were being used as far away as the United States.


X-Rays Taught Us More About DNA

Due to a certain form of x-rays being used, scientists in the 1950s were able to finally see the double-helix structure contained in DNA. This was a huge step for the medical and scientific communities.

X-Rays Are Used For More Than Diagnostic Imaging

While you may only think that x-rays are used in medical settings, they are actually also extremely useful in the art world. By using an x-ray to see beneath the outermost layer of a painting, we are able to see the sketches beneath the final product that helped to create the overall work.

Medical Treatments Have Been Influenced By X-Rays

Once x-rays became available to medical experts, they revolutionized the way tuberculosis was treated in those who were diagnosed with it. Chest x-rays gave physicians the ability to see the shadows in the lungs early, which made tuberculosis much easier to diagnose, which in turn saved many lives.

They Were Named With Real Intent

The “x” in x-ray simple stands for the unknown, as it would in a math equation. Modern day doctors and scientists know much more about x-rays than those who came before them, making them much less mysterious in modern medicine than they once were.

The First X-Ray Didn’t Get Rave Reviews

Roentgen actually completely the first x-ray on his wife's left hand. When the image was developed and she saw it, she was shaken, claiming that she had seen her own death.

There Was A Novelty Period

Before people were aware of the dangers of being exposed to x-rays, they were actually offered those customers at both circuses and carnivals. Similar to modern day photo booths, people would pay money to see what was happening inside of their bodies.

They Were Not Patented

Roentgen was a very smart man, which is why he chose to not have x-rays patented. Had he done so, the use of x-rays would have been extremely limited. He knew that x-rays could do far more good should he allow them to be used by medical professionals everywhere, rather than just those who had the money to pay just to use the technology.

They Are The Oldest And Most Useful Form Of Medical Technology

Due to the fact that x-rays have been used for such a long period of time, they could be considered to be the most useful medical advancement. Even after over 100 years, x-ray technology is still relevant today.

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What Is Medical Imaging?

One of the most common questions we get from potential patients when they call in to schedule an appointment is “What exactly is medical imaging?” For most, they have been recommended to us by their physician and yet, they are unsure why they have to visit our office for a procedure of some sort. Medical imaging is used in multiple ways and for multiple purposes in order to see more clearly what is happening inside the body of a patient. But what is medical imaging exactly? Let’s find out!

The Big Picture

In general, medical imaging refers to the visualization of body parts, organs and tissues. These images are almost always used in order to make a clinical diagnosis, treatment and monitoring an already existing disease. Medical imaging includes several different fields such as radiology, optical-imaging, nuclear medicine and image-guided intervention. These different kind of imaging allow the body to be viewed in the most comprehensive way possible.

What is Radiology?

The most common form of radiology that people are familiar with is X-rays. However, there are several other procedures that also fall into this category. Overall, radiological methods are used to provide a medical professional with a physiological and anatomical picture of the body. These images show the body at a very high resolution, giving your medical provider the chance to see even the tiniest details regarding what is happening inside your body. Other methods of radiology besides X-rays include CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds. This type of imaging can be used to identify everything from injuries, to abnormal tissues or growth to pregnancy.

What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear imaging techniques go more in depth than radiology imaging does as these types of methods show the body’s physiology, metabolism and overall molecular function in great details with the use of radioactive tracers. Both PET scans and SPECT scans are types of nuclear medicine. Most often, these types of scans are used to evaluate neurological diseases (Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis), cancer, and heart conditions.

What is Optical Imaging?

Optical imaging methods are used to show both the structural and functional details about the most hollow organs when regarding the actual cells present. Because these images provide such high resolution, they are often used to reveal any abnormalities in a patient’s organs.

Stop Into Vision Imaging of Kingston

As we mentioned before, many of the patients who come into our office have been recommended to us by other medical practices or local hospitals. However, we can provide you with medical imaging services even if you have yet to see another physician. We want to be able to identify issues in the body before they ever become something that could be potentially life threatening and we prove that with much of the preventative action that goes into our treatment plans. So, whether you are sent to us by someone else or you are simply seeking help with a medical issue and are unsure of who to turn to, we can be those people. Call us today to schedule an appointment, or book one online right now!

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