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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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 health concerns with male doctors. Yet men are often teased for being overly dramatic when they do get a cold, as if it were the Apocalypse!
At birth, males outnumber females. For every 100 baby girls, 105 baby boys are born. Yet by age 35, women outnumber men. How can that be? In every age group, men are at greater risk for death than women. And although prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, excluding skin cancer, it’s not the only health issue men face.
A 2016 study from Harvard Medical School said heart attacks strike men at younger ages than women: first heart attack at age 65 years for men and age 72 years for women.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims more than 70 million Americans have high cholesterol, which is a known cause for stroke and heart disease, and middle-
Another health concern for men is hepatitis C virus (HCV), an asymptomatic disease that primarily affects the liver. When chronic, HCV may lead to cirrhosis of the liver. Men are less able to fight off the virus than women once they have been infected, according to the CDC.
About 8.5 million American men and women develop peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD involves blockages and narrowing of the blood vessels that circulate blood to the lower extremities, which causes difficulty in walking and pain. Left unchecked, it can cause death. Aging, smoking, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease are all risk factors for developing PAD. Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are correlated with PAD in some yet unknown
way, according to the National Institutes of Health. An AAA is an enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta, the major blood vessel that supplies blood to the body. This condition can cause life-
Some health issues that are more prevalent among women impact men. Although women get 10 times more thyroid disease than men, men aren’t entirely immune to hormonally triggered hypothyroidism. Low testosterone often accompanies thyroid disease. And men also get breast cancer – more commonly gynecomastia, an increase in a man’s breast tissue due to an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone.
Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, afflict an estimated 22 million Americans, most frequently men over age 40 years, especially those who are overweight or obese. The health concerns with untreated sleep disorders are many, including stroke, chronic heart failure, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and depression, and they are factors in many traffic and work-
Inflammation has proven to be a common factor in many diseases and often is an early indicator of a serious health concern. Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography offers diagnostic tools for each of the diseases mentioned in this article and more. Both are cost effective, painless and do not use radiation. We also offer home sleep kits that are scored and interpreted by a board-
Most people assume ultrasounds are specifically designed for viewing fetuses and other female medical issues. In truth, both men and women gain a remarkable amount of benefits from ultrasound procedures. Ultrasound identifies normal and abnormal structures and provides accurate measurements of various organs. In the abdomen, major organs such as the gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, liver, aorta and other vascular structures are imaged. Cardiovascular evaluations using ultrasound technology is commonplace. Small body parts, such as the thyroid, breasts and scrotum and testicles, are easily accessible by ultrasound imaging. Thermography identifies budding diseases, which can be resolved with proactive treatments of lifestyle changes. In the heart, thermography detects inflammation caused by damaged artery walls (pericarditis), as well as elevated C-
Many of our male clients choose our Full Body Thermography Scan as their annual health screening. It is a great “predictive indicator” for possible disease in the body. Thermography and ultrasound offer a great proactive approach to healthcare, as well as a sensible, affordable and accurate 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-