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November 26, 2013

Introducing Dr. Sid Crawley

Before we launch into Dr. Sid Crawley’s video series, we’d like to take a moment to tell you why you’ll enjoy learning from him… because we do too.

As a board-certified radiologist (not all radiologists are board-certified, but  everyone on our team likes going that extra mile), Dr. Crawley has proven his outstanding statue in his chosen field. But we’ve already written about that here.

With southern roots, he’s held onto the traditions of his past: manners are everything, thank you ma’am. This means that bedside manner is everything to him as well. He has the special skill of addressing sensitive and serious medical topics with a contagious calmness.

He also embraces his setting: patient care has been in his life since he was old enough to push the chart cart behind his father making rounds in the hospital. Whether sitting with other doctors reviewing images or sitting with a patient explaining a procedure, professionalism and comfort go hand in hand.

The proud father of 3 young women, he has dedicated his life not just to medicine but to family as well. Occasionally, his worlds collide: when he bumps into the President of Diagnostic Imaging Centers in the hallway, he’s also saying hi to his wife, Dr. Jennifer Crawley.

We’re so glad to have Dr. Sid Crawley’s expertise and personability on our team! We find him very likable.

November 12, 2013

Men’s Health and Both Blogs!

This month, you will find bridges between our blogs, diagnosticimagingcenterskc.com, where our focus is radiology and general good health, and mammographykc.com, where we focus on breast health.

Please know that our blogs are an opportunity to inform and teach health issues because as radiologists that image your entire body often in parts, we are interested in WHOLE body health – for men and women. As doctors, as people of science, as human beings, we recognize there’s a bigger picture, bigger than on our viewing monitors.

Over on mammographykc.com, we’re covering some men’s health issues (such as male breast cancer today) during Movember. Here we’d like to take on some other important issues, such as prostate MRI. Over the next few posts, you can learn more about this important study and other important male imaging procedures.

Thank you.  Please consider us your “personal radiologists” and a source and resource for your good health.

November 8, 2013

International Day of Radiology

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Copyright Public Domain

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Copyright Public Domain

Today, November 8th, is the International Day of Radiology — Let’s Celebrate Together!

You can show your support by changing your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram profile picture for the occasion… or just print yourself a mask. (Some people are already getting silly with this – on the other side of the world even!)

So… yesterday was Madame Curie’s birthday, which we love to celebrate for so many reasons, as she was an amazing scientist and an amazing woman. Today is the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen.

X-ray technology has revolutionized medicine, from conventional x-rays to check for broken bones to other modalities, such as CT scans and mammograms, which also use x-rays to form the images. These imaging techniques based on the x-ray allow an amazing view of the internal structure of our bodies, from our heads to our toes and every part in between. In short, medicine would not be what it is today without Röntgen’s discovery.

In a move of serendipity (perhaps not an accident…), November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and this year’s International Day of Radiology has a focus on lung health. We’re fans of our lungs (yours too)! On both of our blogs, we’ve written about scientific progress in imaging and early detection of lung cancer, as well as how to kick the smoking habit for the sake of good health, including breast health. Using CT techniques with low-dose, we now have a way of screening for and finding lung cancer – a method which will hopefully enable us to find smaller, more treatable lung tumors in those at high risk. Reducing risk is key – we should not lose sight of that in our celebration of lung health and imaging.

We love our jobs, based on the discoveries of amazing individuals, and through our blogs hope to educate people on how radiologists can help you on your path towards better health. We can’t imagine our world without the discovery of Röntgen – we applaud him and all the researchers in imaging since him who have had such a tremendous impact on medicine and health. Cheers, radiology!

August 22, 2013

Arthrography: for joints? – Dr. Angela Noto

August 15, 2013

Arthrography: what body parts are studied? – Dr. Angela Noto

August 13, 2013

Arthrography: what preparations are necessary? – Dr. Angela Noto

August 8, 2013

Arthrography: what does it require? what does it do? – Dr. Angela Noto

August 6, 2013

Introducing Dr. Angela Noto

Noto, Angela: /n/ doctor of radiology. loves arthrography. and books, and languages and travel and theater and family and dogs…

We really like working with Dr. Angela Noto. As a lover of many things it’s easy to enjoy her company – pick a topic and she’s got something interesting to add. (Try it: Blackhawks to Jayhawks; classical music to Maroon 5; mysteries to biographies – and sci-fi… we recommend getting her started on our national parks though.)

Dr. Angela Noto with her husband and son

Dr. Angela Noto with her husband and son

Being the radiology geeks we are (did we just say geeks? we meant to say experts) we decided to get her talking about arthrography. And not just because she has the rare talent of being able to pronounce it, but because she has the truly rare skill of excelling in that field. Arthrography is a nuanced area of radiology.

What is it? Arthrography is the study of the cartilage and tendons to evaluate how they are in terms of tears or thinning using an injection of contrast into the joint space. It takes a gentle hand and a comforting bedside manner. In other words, you want your doctor to be skilled, smart AND nice. If you’ve got that, you’re golden. And Dr. Noto is, to us, gold.

We’d like to give her the floor for a short while and will be rolling out a series of videos by her about this subject. An interesting topic from an interesting woman. Roll camera…

August 1, 2013

HSG or Hysterosalpingogram: What to expect before you’re expecting

Hysterosalpingogram, or HSG, is a radiology procedure that uses x-rays to evaluate the uterus and fallopian tubes.  The examination is often ordered for patients experiencing difficulty in getting pregnant, women with prior fallopian tube surgery, or in women planning a reversal of prior tubal ligation.  It can be used to evaluate women who have a developmental or congenital deformity of the shape of the uterus. Some sterilization procedures (like Essure tubes) require an HSG to show the tubes are blocked.

 

Hysterosalpingogram

Hysterosalpingogram

Here’s what you can expect when you schedule an HSG:

 

You will be asked to schedule your appointment between days 7 through 11 of your menstrual cycle. Day 1 of your menstrual cycle is the day you start your period and the exam is done 7 – 11 days following when you are no longer bleeding. This should be a normal period – since the test uses low doses of xrays, we don’t want to do the test if there is a chance you are pregnant. The day of your exam we recommend taking ibuprofen (600 mg) 1 hour prior to your exam to limit menstrual cramping that can result from the procedure.

 

The HSG procedure will require an injection of contrast medication or x-ray contrast dye.  This colorless medication is injected through a small tube, called a catheter, placed in your cervix.  The contrast material will fill your uterine cavity and then flow into your fallopian tubes.  X-ray pictures will be taken during the test.

 

The images produced will be interpreted by the radiologist. Often times, the radiologist can show the images to you right after the test, as many people find them interesting to see. The procedure typically lasts about 10-15 minutes, not counting the setup time.

 

After your HSG is completed, you may experience mild cramping or a small amount of spotting. Most women return to normal activity that day without limitation.

 

Results will be interpreted by the radiologist and a final report will be sent to your provider.

July 30, 2013

CT Scans for High Risk Lung Cancer Persons: Early Detection Saves Lives!

lung window, CT scanAs diagnostic radiologists, we have the unique capacity to help ensure best possible health for our patients, not via administering strong medicine to the sick, but with early detection of a disease, before one has symptoms. We say this all the time, because we experience this in our own practice all the time:  early detection saves lives.
We are excited to note that as of yesterday, the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) has made a draft recommendation for screening for lung cancer in high-risk patients. CT scans for this group of people can be  life-saving tool.
There have been decades of research dedicated to determining the best way to detect lung cancer and detection at a stage that is most treatable. Lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer death in the US and causes more deaths than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. Lung cancer is often caught late; with only a one-in-ten chance of survival. Patients detected early, before symptoms arise, may have a greater chance of a cure.
The USPSTF has researched methods of early detection and concluded that low-dose CT scans for certain portions of the population can be beneficial in terms of lung cancer. So, smokers and former smokers alike, listen to this please:
Together, we can help save lives. Please share this valuable information with those you care about. (And please care about yourself enough to stop smoking; there are resources available for that as well.) Please talk to your medical care provider to see if you are a candidate for CT lung screening. We’ll be cheering you on for your best possible health the whole way!