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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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. This bittersweet tinge blossomed into a strengthened call to advocate for health screening.
Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography is a stand-
We firmly believe the body, mind and spirit work as a unit, and a huge part of achieving balance is being empowered in your choices.
As healthcare professionals in diagnostic medicine, Becky and I are trained in the anatomy and physiology of the body and its function(s). Patient Choice is a place to have a body part examined, but we are here to “see” the whole person. We recognize patients are concerned about the test results on top of their finances and other issues unrelated to their visit.
My reflections over the past year – our first year in operation – got me to thinking: What’s next and what’s important? For me, all things important stem from my faith. Our company is a reflection of servicing others. We had a “God is Our Foundation” signing party when we opened our office, a forever reminder of balance and the reason we opened in the first place. We adopted the scripture 1 Peter 4:10 – “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” We strive to honor this principle daily. And to put this faith into practice, we now offer a prayer box for our patients to write a concern or prayer request – anonymously or specifically – and our staff will pray for them.
A new year brings new hope, new opportunities and new chances in all aspects of our lives. This includes our whole health – physical, emotional and spiritual. After a year of enduring the pain of loved ones’ health issues, I hope each and every one of you consider diagnostic screening this year. We all know the sooner a health issue is diagnosed, the better the prognosis. We make it as easy as possible at Patient Choice and we work with each patient as an individual. Happy New Year and here’s to a healthy 2019!
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-