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August 8, 2014

Brain Boost: 10 Mindful Minutes

Andy Puddicombe by DarkerAngels via Wikimedia Commons Copyright Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)Before we head off (no pun intended) with our series on the brain and imaging above the neck, we thought we’d take a quick 10 minutes to introduce the idea of an important 10 mindful minutes.

 

That meditation is good for you will not surprise you. What may come as a surprise is that it’s not as hard to incorporate meditation into your daily life as one might think. There’s no special set-up required. No incense, no special outfit, no special diet. Just you – that’s all it takes.

 

The brilliant Andy Puddicombe explains it all right here in a charming and insightful TEDtalk:

 

 

 

So give your brain a break, enjoy a healthier life and we’ll be talking more about health from the top of your head on down next week.

 

Have a fabulously restful weekend and don’t forget – Kansas City’s Komen Race for the Cure is Sunday! See you there!

 

 

(Image Credit: Andy Puddicombe by DarkerAngels via Wikimedia Commons Copyright Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0))

 

 

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March 13, 2014

Self-Exams for Men (and Women)

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Operation Truck Nuts – Successful by The359 via Flickr Copyright Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) Cropped

Okay, we’re slightly nerdy.

Aside from being fans of thought-gems on TED.com you may have noticed on our other blog, MammographyKC.com that we’re also fans of Lifehacker. We can’t help it – there are thought-gems there too. Recently, they did a report on Three Self Exams Everyone Should Perform. Because early detection saves lives, and we as radiologists have the capacity to assist in early detection, we are great fans of self-exams.

But there’s so much to learn!

Self-exams put the power in your hands. You are the first line of defense when it comes to taking care of yourself, from eating right to exercise to noticing unusual changes in your body. But you have to pay attention! This is why we loved the article so much – it encourages you to pay attention.

We’ve written about breast self-exams on our MammographyKC blog (here) so today we’d like to use the Lifehacker article as a jumping-off point to talk about men’s health and the scrotal self-exam.

Men’s health is something we care about too.

The Lifehacker article gives good tips on how a man can perform his own scrotal self-exam. Knowing how to do it and what to look for are step one!

Testicular cancer is a leading cancer type in young men – and if found early, most testicular cancers respond well to treatment. Scrotal self-exam after puberty is one of the ways of finding scrotal changes that may be a sign of this cancer. Testicular cancer will often present as a firm or hard persistent lump in the testes.

If you find a scrotal lump on self-exam, step one is to get in to see you doctor. He will perform a careful physical exam and may also evaluate blood work. Depending on the results of those tests, you may be referred to a radiologist for a scrotal ultrasound.

Earlier on this blog, Dr. Sid Crawley talked about scrotal ultrasound and what to expect. It’s a non-invasive and relatively quick procedure. Besides masses or lumps what other symptoms may prompt a request for a  scrotal ultrasound? Pain, feeling of heaviness/fullness, infertility and scrotal trauma are also reasons men may be referred for scrotal ultrasound. Remember any persistent scrotal changes should not be ignored!

What can we see on scrotal ultrasound?

Scrotal ultrasound examines the scrotum and contents including the two testicles, spermatic cords, and each epididymis. The exam evaluates for the presence or absence of masses within or outside the testes, infection, trauma, fluid accumulation (hydroceles) and testicular torsion (an abnormal twisting of the testes which causes blood circulation to be impeded and can lead to permanent damage or loss of the testes). The sonographic evaluation will help guide your clinician to the appropriate course of treatment.

Just as we talk about in the breast, all lumps are not cancers. Many benign cysts and other benign masses may feel like a lump or knot. The beauty of scrotal ultrasound is being able to examine right where you are having symptoms, and answering the question of what is this lump!

A quick word about scrotal trauma – many times, trauma to the scrotum prompts a first scrotal self-exam. If you feel a lump do not assume the lump must be from the trauma – one of the most common scenarios for finding testicular cancer is the patient who first feels a lump after an episode of trauma.

Take a breath.

Most often, the scrotal ultrasound will reveal benign, treatable conditions. A monthly scrotal self-exam is an excellent means of keeping aware of your body and finding changes early. So breathe easy and take care of yourself with a simple monthly self-exam.

May 29, 2013

Take a Stand for Good Health

http://synergyprograms.com/is-sitting-really-the-new-smoking/

conference room stretching by synergy programs

Solution? Prevention:

As radiologists, we spend far too much time every day reading back injuries, so many of which are preventable. One simple solution: Take a break from sitting down so much!

It can seem nearly impossible to convert some sedentary jobs into standing ones based on office policies and equipment availabilities. In order to manage a situation that IS “unavoidable” there are some ways to fight back. As explained in a recent article in the LA Times, getting up and moving around on regular intervals can do wonders.

There are also workarounds for the seating issue: “I’ve been known to take a wrench to work and remove the arms of my chair so I could sit in lotus position at my desk. Luckily, I’ve had bosses who were either very kindly tolerant… or not too observant,” says a cubicle worker named Rachel, with a wink and a grin.

“Sitting is the new smoking.”

The list of painful results from a lifestyle of consistent sitting have lead to the expression “sitting is the new smoking.” That is to say, it’s too common and most people who do it somehow consider themselves the exception to the rule when they are, in fact, demonstrating the rule.

In a TEDx talk by Pack Matthews, Sitting Is the New Smoking (but You’ve Got Options), we learned a simple trick for measuring the impact of sitting on your life. On the ten point scale demonstrated in the video, can you raise and lower yourself to sitting cross-legged using your legs alone? Kudos to one of the radiologists here who scored a 10 in heels (ahem, show-off!) and another colleague who struggled is deeply motivated to correct her situation.

You.

Armed with this knowledge about your legs, spine and general health, we hope you’ll rethink your sitting to standing ratio and enjoy better health. Give yourself a little test (but you don’t have to do it in heels) and make yourself a goal of ten. Happy standing to you!