What is Fluoroscopy?

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Fluoroscopy is a form of diagnostic imaging that uses x-rays with the aid of a contrast agent to capture a moving image of an organ while it is functioning. In simpler terms, a fluoroscopy can be considered an x-ray movie. Fluoroscopic technology is often the most effective way to view the esophagus, stomach, joints and upper or lower gastrointestinal tract. We have created a guide for our patients on what to expect prior, during and after your fluoroscopy exam.

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All About X-Rays

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Discovered in 1895, an X-ray is the oldest and most frequently used form of digital medical imaging. For over a century, X-rays have been performed by passing small, highly controlled amounts of radiation through the patient’s body, capturing the resulting shadows and reflections on a photographic (or digital) plate.

Why is an X-ray performed? Your medical provider may order an X-ray for a variety of reasons including: to examine an area where you are experiencing pain or discomfort, to monitor the progression of a disease, to assess how well a treatment is working or to diagnose a broken bone. A variety of medical conditions are diagnosed and monitored through X-rays, such as bone cancer, an enlarged heart, breast tumors, osteoporosis and blocked blood vessels.

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Ultrasounds During Pregnancy: What to Expect

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Relax; ultrasounds aren’t so scary. In fact, they are painless and a truly exciting part of your pregnancy allowing you to spend quality time getting to see, hear and know your baby. During an ultrasound, the technician uses a hand-held transducer that transmits sound waves through your uterus. The waves send signals back to the ultrasound machine that then converts the waves into images of your baby. An ultrasound serves a multitude of purposes for mothers-to-be and their babies, find out what to expect during first, second and third trimester ultrasound appointments:

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Osteoporosis Prevention & Diagnosis

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As you age, your bones age as well, causing them to become both thinner and weaker. As you and your bones grow older, your risk of developing osteoporosis increases. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is “a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.” Bone thinning is a natural process of aging; however, living a healthy, active lifestyle can help strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis. 

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in both men and women in the United States. In honor of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we here at Maryville Imaging are encouraging individuals who are at high risk for being diagnosed with lung cancer to come in for a Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan. A CT scan can help detect lung cancer in its earliest stage when it is most treatable and curable. 

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Staying Calm During a MRI

Female doctor helping a patient stay calm in the MRI machine

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan is a non-invasive, quick and painless technique that delivers high-resolution images without the use of radiation. Although a MRI scan is among the safest medical procedures available, it is quite common for patients to experience anxiety and stress leading up to and during a MRI scan. Our imaging team at Maryville Imaging knows that a MRI can be scary, especially if you are claustrophobic, do not like loud noises or are anxious about the scan’s results. Here are some simple ways to help you keep calm during your next MRI.

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