MRI Scans More Accurate Than X-Rays for Children With Neck Injuries, Study Suggests

MRI Scans More Accurate Than X-Rays for Children With Neck Injuries, Study Suggests

It appears that MRI scans provide more accurate imaging than X-rays for children with certain types of neck injuries. New research from the Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, Australia suggests that X-ray imaging is more likely to miss low-impact neck injuries in children, while also showing abnormalities that MRI scans later cleared. And while doctors […]

PET Scan Proven Most Accurate Type of Imaging for Diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease

PET Scan Proven Most Accurate Type of Imaging for Diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease

Positron emission tomography, or PET scans, have been proven to be the most accurate imaging modality for spotting cases of coronary artery disease. A study published in August 2017 in JAMA Cardiology compared the performance of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA), single-photon emission tomography (SPECT), and PET scan in detecting heart disease. A total of […]

Why You Wear Hearing Protection During an MRI Scan

Why You Wear Hearing Protection During an MRI Scan

When you schedule an MRI, there isn’t too much you need to do to prepare for it. When you arrive at the scan site, you’ll be given a gown to change into, then escorted into the MR system room; it’s simple. You’ll remove all metal objects, like jewelry, from your body. The MRI technician will […]

CT Scan Contrast Dye Harmless to Kidneys, Studies Show

CT Scan Contrast Dye Harmless to Kidneys, Studies Show

The National Kidney Foundation warns that, in rare cases, CT scan contrast dye can cause a dangerous condition called contrast-induced nephropathy, or CIN. This marked decline in kidney function occurs in about 2 percent of the people who receive contrast agents for CT scans and certain other types of diagnostic imaging. It works fast, often […]

What’s the Difference Between a Breast MRI and a Mammogram?

What’s the Difference Between a Breast MRI and a Mammogram?

Mammograms are the most common breast cancer screening tests currently available, but they aren’t the only test used for detection and diagnosis. Breast MRI scans also play a role in locating and treating breast cancer (and so do breast ultrasounds, but that’s a subject for another blog post). It’s not that one imaging modality is […]