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....
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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 oxygen throughout the body. PVD is the most common disease of the arteries; about 8.5 million Americans have it. It’s usually caused by atherosclerosis, the build-
The most common cause of PVD is peripheral artery disease due to atherosclerosis. These factors can increase your risk for developing atherosclerosis:
When there are symptoms, the most common is pain in the calves, thighs or hips that usually occurs when walking or climbing stairs but stops when you’re at rest
(unless it’s very severe, in which case there’s pain at rest). There can also be a dull, cramping pain in these areas or a feeling of heaviness, tightness or tiredness in the leg muscles. Other symptoms can include buttock pain; numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs; burning or aching pain in the feet or toes while at rest; a sore on a leg or foot that will not heal; one or both legs or feet feeling cold or changing to a pale, bluish or dark reddish color; loss of hair on the legs or toes; and impotence.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of blood clots in the deep veins. Blood clots can form in veins when they are injured, if there is a disorder that causes blood clots or something slows the return of blood to the heart. DVTs are dangerous if the blood clot(s) break loose and travel throughout the body, especially to the lungs, resulting in a pulmonary embolism. Blood clots can form from injury to veins, inflammation, certain disorders, smoking, slow blood flow and even drugs that act like estrogen (this includes oral contraceptives). Healthy people who sit for prolonged periods can suffer DVT. Office workers, truck drivers, frequent flyers and inactive individuals are all at risk.
Like with PVD, about half of those with DVT have no symptoms. Often, chest pain or shortness of breath will be their first symptom. Sometimes a swollen leg, pain in one leg or a “feverish” leg is reason to see your physician immediately – and perhaps confirm the health of that extremity with an ultrasound exam. Remember, untreated, a DVT can be deadly.
Both PVD and DVT can be detected via ultrasound. A specific ultrasound scan called Doppler (yes, like the weather tracking system) can see the blood flow and health of blood vessels throughout the body. In fact, a Doppler ultrasound scan, often with a blood test, is the best way to confirm DVT since the injured/blocked veins are deep within the body. A venous Doppler ultrasound is often ordered because of current symptoms or as a follow-
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-