Best Practices: Imaging
The use and benefits of MR-specific skin markers in orthopedic MRI are well known but we often receive questions with regard to their use in breast MRI. Technologists and radiologists often ask about the situations where a skin marker is helpful as...
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Communicating Areas of Concern
Twenty years is a lot of time. Twenty years ago Celine Dion and Cher were at the top of the charts. Titanic won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Seinfeld aired its last season. A lot can happen in twenty years. In MRI, the magnet has become...
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CT of Abdomen/Pelvis
Two of the exams used in the diagnosis of abdominal diseases include a routine CAT-Scan (CT) of the abdomen and pelvis, and small bowel enterography which can be performed in either CT or MRI. A routine CT of the abdomen and pelvis can help...
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Communicating Areas of Concern
When it comes to communicating the location of a palpable mass, point of pain, or even a thoracic level in MRI, most radiologists and technologists use a skin marker.  “Skin markers serve an important purpose: marking the anatomy so the doctors can...
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CT-Scan
In small bowel imaging, distention is the name of the game.  Unfortunately, in order to get the desired bowel distention for imaging, patients must ingest a large volume of fluid: usually 1350 – 1500ML, approximately 44 – 51 fluid ounces, within a 45...
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Communicating Areas of Concern
There are multiple cases in the medical-legal literature where wrong site T-spine surgeries have been performed or aborted after it was discovered that the wrong level had been identified. Establishing the proper level on an MRI thoracic spine study...
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CT-Scan
The number one cause of office visits to primary care physicians (PCPs) is gastrointestinal symptoms. In the more simple cases, the PCP armed with an arsenal of modern drugs can treat the patient, but the more difficult cases must be referred to...
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Anxiousness
Did you know that close to 2 million MRI exams are aborted each year due to patient anxiety or claustrophobia across the globe?   That's a lot of lost scans resulting in $1 billion annually in lost productivity to the imaging facility, not to mention...
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Clinical Aromatherapy
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital has been utilizing AromaTabs for quite some time.  We have found them very beneficial and we have even had patient's positively comment on their usage in our Patient Satisfaction Surveys.  Some of the comments included: "It...
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