Child’s MRI for Appendicitis: A Parent’s Guide

Child’s MRI for Appendicitis: A Parent’s Guide

Appendicitis affects about 1 out of every 1,000 people in the United States, and because the condition tends to occur between the ages of 10 and 30 years, it’s one of the most common emergency conditions for children. It’s a serious, life-threatening condition, that requires the removal of the appendix via a simple surgery (an […]

Shoulder MRI Scans: Here’s What to Expect

Shoulder MRI Scans: Here’s What to Expect

If you have shoulder pain or a documented injury that’s not getting better, there’s a chance your doctor will order a shoulder MRI scan. Overall, the MRI is one of the best diagnostic tools we have to identify your condition. That’s a good thing. After all, the sooner your doctors have a diagnosis, the sooner […]

Reasons Doctors Order MRI Scans, Part 2

Reasons Doctors Order MRI Scans, Part 2

Maybe your general practitioner just referred you for an MRI scan, and it’s your first. Maybe you’re wondering if you should ask your doctor about an MRI scan in the first place. Or maybe you’ve heard about MRI scans, and how much more frequent they’ve become, and you want to understand more. No matter why […]

Reasons Doctors Order MRI Scans, Part 1

Reasons Doctors Order MRI Scans, Part 1

MRI scans give your health care team a detailed look into your body, which helps them figure out what’s causing your symptoms. But why do doctors order MRI scans as opposed to, say, X-rays? What are the top conditions that lead a physician to refer a patient to the radiology clinic for an MRI scan? […]

Elbow MRI Scans: Why Your Doctor Ordered One

Elbow MRI Scans: Why Your Doctor Ordered One

According to your doctor, you need an elbow MRI. Depending on your situation, it’s probably something of a relief; you’re finally taking the necessary steps to treat your condition, and if you’ve been living with elbow pain for any length of time, you know that it affects every part of your life. With a proper […]

The Truth About MRI Safety During Pregnancy

The Truth About MRI Safety During Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant and your physician recommends an MRI, your first concern is likely for your baby. MRI technicians frequently receive questions about the safety of magnetic resonance imaging, particularly when patients are early in their pregnancies. The good news: MRIs are completely safe when you’re expecting, and while their use should be limited, you […]

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 […]

What to Know When Trying to Limit the Price of an MRI

What to Know When Trying to Limit the Price of an MRI

When your doctor recommends a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination, you need to quickly schedule an appointment in order to arrive at a diagnosis and start your treatment. Time is always an important factor. However, that certainly doesn’t mean you should overpay for medical imaging—and as the cost of an MRI can sometimes climb past […]