When it was first used on a human subject in 1977, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was an important advance in medical imaging, making it possible for the first time to create detailed images that can provide vital health information without using harmful ionizing radiation. Instead, MRI uses powerful magnets that cause the protons of hydrogen atoms in the body to align in a way that can be translated into three-dimensional images, which can then be examined closely by a radiologist. As a result, MRI is a very safe way for many patients and their doctors to get the information they need to plan an effective course of treatment.
Feb 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM
Feb 12, 2017 9:39:00 AM
When your doctor orders an imaging test, you may well wonder why they select one type of imaging over the other. MRI and CT (or CAT) scans can be used for similar purposes, and several factors play into the decision to use one over the other.
Feb 5, 2017 2:00:00 PM
1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. result from heart disease or stroke, amounting to about 2,200 deaths each day. One American dies of stroke approximately every four minutes. Since 1964, February has been recognized as American Heart Month in an effort to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease and reduce its death toll. You can do your part by understanding your risks and taking action to mitigate them with healthy habits and preventive care.
Jan 26, 2017 10:28:00 AM
In addition to National Cancer Prevention Month, Thursday, February 2 is National Cancer Prevention Day, and Saturday, February 4 is World Cancer Day, an annual event promoted by the Union for International Cancer Control and aimed at uniting the world’s population in the global fight against cancer. In honor of these national and international initiatives to increase awareness and empower individuals to live healthier lives, we’re sharing tips on the most effective ways to protect yourself against cancer.
Jan 15, 2017 10:27:00 AM
If you’ve never had a mammogram, you may not know quite what to expect the first time. Don’t let fear of the unknown cause you to miss out on the important health information that mammography screening provides. While getting a mammogram may not be at the top of anyone’s list of favorite things to do, it’s a really quick and easy procedure that could help to save your life. Understanding what’s involved in a mammography visit can help alleviate any anxiety you may be feeling and make the whole experience more comfortable.
Jan 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM
If you’re expecting a baby (or even if you’re not), you’re probably aware that obstetric ultrasound is commonly recommended at least once during pregnancy. Many parents-to-be look forward to their ultrasound appointment because this is the first time they’re able to get a glimpse of their growing child. While deciding whether or not you want to know your baby’s sex before it’s born might be the top question on your mind, the obstetric ultrasound will provide much more valuable information about your pregnancy and your child’s health and well being. One of the important functions of this test is to screen for birth defects so that parents and doctors can plan a course of action and prepare for any treatments that will be necessary before or soon after birth.
Dec 29, 2016 12:17:00 PM
Have you made a list of New Year's resolutions? Here are 5 that are worth keeping for a healthier 2017!
Topics: health tips
Dec 17, 2016 9:31:00 AM
For all the things we love about the holidays, like great food, time with friends and family, and celebration of the good things in life, it can also be an incredibly stressful time of year. The pressure to plan the perfect family celebration, buy gifts, organize a large meal (and perhaps plan additional parties for friends or coworkers), accommodate guests, and be merry and joyful through it all can be overwhelming, to say the least. For those who have suffered recent losses, such as the death of someone dear or the end of a significant relationship, these burdens can feel even heavier.
Topics: health tips
Dec 8, 2016 3:45:00 PM
Paget’s disease, also called Paget’s disease of the nipple or mammary Paget’s disease (not to be confused with Paget's disease of the bone), is a rare form of breast cancer that accounts for about 1% of all breast cancer cases. Paget’s disease affects the nipple and often spreads to the areola. Patients diagnosed with Paget’s disease are usually found to have tumors in the same breast—either ductal carcinoma in situ or invasive breast cancer.
Topics: breast cancer
Nov 27, 2016 9:20:00 AM
What Are the Risks of Colon Cancer?
If you’re turning 50 or have a condition that puts you at a higher than average risk for colon cancer, you’ve probably been told that you should have a colonoscopy. It’s true that colon cancer screening is an important part of preventive health care: the average lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is 5% but can vary widely across demographics. For example, 90% of new cases appear in patients over 50, and those with a parent or sibling who has developed colon cancer face a risk that is two to three times higher than the general population. While the survival rate of colon cancer patients has been rising since the 1980s, the disease remains the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S.