Your liver supports many of your essential bodily functions, including producing both the essential proteins that help with blood clotting and the digestive enzymes that help your body absorb vitamins and minerals. Your liver also works to remove waste and other toxins from your body. Maintaining your liver function is important to your overall health and there are many ways you can keep your liver healthy, including simple diet and lifestyle modifications.
When having radiation therapy, precision is key. Since targeting certain cells, and leaving others alone, is of upmost importance; surface guided radiation therapy is often used. Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT) is a rapidly growing technique which uses stereo vision technology to track patients’ surface in 3D, for both setup and motion management during radiation therapy. This technique is also sometimes referred to Optical Surface Monitoring System (OSMS), Align RT, or Vision RT.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Did you know that sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans? It is just as common as type 2 diabetes. Apnea is the medical term for “to stop breathing.” Sleep apnea is an involuntary stopping of breathing while you are asleep. Untreated sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. You are unlikely to be aware that this happening but may experience headaches, tiredness during the day and dry mouth when waking up. In addition, untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of stroke, heart arrhythmias and heart attack.
Water molecules are the most abundant molecules in the human body, so these are the very molecules the MRI machine uses to create an image. Water molecules consist of oxygen and hydrogen atoms, and the core of a hydrogen atom-its nucleus-is a single proton. Protons have a basic, inherent property called nuclear spin causing them to spin like a gyroscope or a top. Because the protons also have an electrical charge, the spin makes them act like tiny magnets. A magnetic field, which is measured in Tesla (T), will make these spinning protons wobble, like a spinning top that isn’t quite vertical. The stronger the magnetic field, the faster the wobble.
Your pain medicine and physiatry doctors are solely focused on the evaluation, treatment and prevention of pain in order to help your body get back to a healthy and pain-free state. While both specialties aim to identify and treat your pain, there are some important differences between them. Dr. Paul Manganelli, Pain Medicine, and Dr. Lena Shahbandar, Physiatry, outline key similarities and differences between the two pain specialties to assist you in making informed decisions about your care.
A doctor may order a contrast dye to be used during some MRI exams in order for the radiologist to better view internal tissues and blood vessels on the completed images. Contrast materials are not dyes that permanently discolor internal organs. They are substances that temporarily change the way MRIs, X‑rays or other imaging tools interact with the body. Often, contrast materials allow the radiologist to distinguish normal from abnormal conditions.
In recent years, health care has been focused on preventive medicine. Preventive medicine emphasizes the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and proactively monitoring for various health conditions including hypertension, diabetes or cancers. To support these efforts, most commercial insurance providers now cover the cost of an annual wellness exam provided by an in-network provider*. Preventive medical care is important because it provides you and your care team with an opportunity to assess your current health, which can be useful for anticipating future health care needs.
You’ve followed your physician’s recommendation and had your yearly screening mammogram performed, but then you get called back for additional imaging. Naturally your initial reaction causes your blood pressure to spike … this is a test that detects breast cancer after all. However, only 10% of women called back for more tests are found to have breast cancer according to the American Cancer Society. Learn more about call-backs and why it might not necessarily be cancer.
Your breasts are made up of glands, ducts and fibrous tissue, referred to collectively as fibroglandular tissue, and fatty tissue, all wrapped in skin. During a mammogram, your radiologist evaluates the images to determine the amount of dense versus fatty tissue in your breasts.
An electrocardiogram, also known as an EKG, helps detect and diagnose different heart conditions. An EKG is a non-invasive, painless test that records the electrical signals produced from your heart.