Many people are familiar with structural imaging such as ultrasounds, X-
Ultrasound imaging and thermography are important aspects in healthcare – they definitely cover more than babies. Many diagnoses and treatment plans stem from ultrasound and thermography procedures. Ultrasounds are used to see internal body structures, such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels and internal organs to find the source of a disease. Ultrasound works by using sound waves with frequencies that are higher than those audible to humans.
Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography is now offering home sleep study kits. You may be asking yourself why a diagnostic imaging center is introducing sleep testing. The human body is kind of like the old children’s rhyme: “The knee bone is connected to the thigh bone.” There’s more of a correlation than one may think.
Remember when you went to see your physician and he or she decided you needed a diagnostic test? The office set up an appointment and your employer-
Many women who have a routine mammogram will be summoned back for a repeat mammogram and/or ultrasound. Have you ever been called back? If so, you know all too well the fear that goes along with waiting and praying. For decades now, the annual mammogram campaign has been fierce and continuous as an essential way to protect oneself from breast cancer. Many women feel they are being reckless if they do not get an annual screening, said Dr. Lisa Schwartz, a professor at....
Who are the men in your life? You know, the husband, father, son, brother, uncle or nephew that you love dearly. Or are you the guy who reads articles on men’s health? Congratulations if you are that guy, but chances are this article will be mainly read by women. Men are less likely than women to visit a doctor and are less likely to be honest about their symptoms. According to a recent Rutgers University study, “masculine” guys have the most difficulty being specific about their....
As I’m writing this article, the elections are here and, as usual, the opinions, complaints, fears and concerns about healthcare are as diverse as the potential medical conditions there are to acquire.
By the time this article is printed, the elections will be decided – but chances are great the healthcare crisis will continue. In fact, this concern is more than a century old.
A new year always brings reflections on the events of the past year. What made an impression, evoked a change, inspired an idea or created a memory? There were many such events for me in 2018. I started a new business at the beginning of the year, and several immediate family members suffered serious health issues. Illnesses, surgeries, transplants and final farewells among my loved ones all came in quick succession.
Healthcare costs remain unknown upfront despite recent legislation enacted to be in effect Jan. 1, 2019. The Hospital Pricing Transparency Rule mandated that all hospitals publish their current standard charges online in a readable format. This pricing information is to be updated at least annually. Finally, as a patient and consumer, you can find out the cost of any and all charges for which you will be responsible.
Have you ever thought of your vascular health? My guess is probably not. But you should, because the veins and arteries are the vital highways of our blood system. If they are not functioning properly, it could lead to major health concerns – possibly even death. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is any disease or disorder of the circulatory system outside of the brain and heart that affects blood vessels anywhere in the body. Blood vessels may become blocked, restricting the flow of blood and....
Do patients have a choice in their health care treatment – and should they? After all, they have not earned a medical degree. Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography believes in empowering patients with a choice. In every facet of medicine, from prevention to diagnostics to treatment, there are so many conflicting opinions, reports, research and biases. Many patients have become expert WebMD researchers, but what they find is anything but a simple, straightforward answer or direction.
Television personality Deborah Norville of Inside Edition recently announced the nodule on her thyroid, originally brought to her attention in 2004 by an observant viewer, is now cancerous. This got me thinking about the “Butterfly Effect” since, well, the thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly. The butterfly effect is a chaos theory that illustrates the idea that some complex systems (Norville’s thyroid cancer) exhibit unpredictable behaviors such that small variances in....
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Television personality Deborah Norville of Inside Edition recently announced the nodule on her thyroid, originally brought to her attention in 2004 by an observant viewer, is now cancerous. This got me thinking about the “Butterfly Effect” since, well, the thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly.
The butterfly effect is a chaos theory that illustrates the idea that some complex systems (Norville’s thyroid cancer) exhibit unpredictable behaviors such that small variances in the initial conditions (a viewer’s observation and call in) could have profound and widely divergent effects/ outcomes. But just what does this little butterfly gland do and why should we pay attention to it – way before someone else has a chance to notice?
The thyroid gland is shaped, well, like a butterfly. It lies across the cartilage of the neck above the collar bone. Its job is to stimulate metabolism and, along with the parathyroid gland (beside or near the thyroid), it controls the body’s circulating calcium levels.
Many different disorders are associated with the thyroid. Basically there’s either too little or too much thyroid hormone. Although the symptoms are similar, the cause can be linked to the thyroid itself or issues with the hypothalamus or pituitary gland in the brain.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder that causes hypothyroidism.
Too little hormone – HYPOTHYROIDISM – can have many causes; the most common is iodine insufficiency. On a cellular level, our bodies won’t metabolize food properly, resulting in:
Too much hormone – HYPERTHYROIDISM – can increase metabolism beyond a healthy level, resulting in:
Stimulation of the body’s sympathetic nervous system (ready-
Grave’s disease is the most common presentation of hyperthyroidism. You need to have a physical exam along with a blood test to evaluate whether that is your problem. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels are the most common way to monitor thyroid health. However, a TSH blood panel may not reveal an issue. This is why a thyroid ultrasound is a very useful tool – just ask Deborah Norville. The ultrasound can show images of both lobes, or wings, as well as the isthmus, the bridge that connects the gland. The images can detect normal vs. abnormal tissue and measure specific growths or goiters caused by excessive production. Once a nodule is detected, it may be rescanned at various intervals to determine any growth or anatomical changes over time. As in many areas of medicine, how often for how long is up for debate, but currently, it appears to be a six-
It is estimated 27 million Americans have thyroid disease, and about 13 million are undiagnosed! Think about that. That little butterfly gland can cause so much chaos – and that is NOT a theory!
We wish Ms. Norville well following her thyroidectomy (removal of the thyroid). Her physicians followed that little butterfly for 15 years before the outcome. I am so proud to be a sonographer knowing the technology, skills and availability of this amazing diagnostic tool helps so many.
Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography has board-
With 40 years in the field of ultrasound, Kim Davis, RDMS, RDCS, RVS, is the founder and CEO of PCU, 152 W. Tiverton Way in Lexington. PCU can be reached at 859-