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What You Need to Know about a Coronary Calcium Scan

What You Need to Know about a Coronary Calcium Scan
February is the month that hearts shine all over the world and it is also when health care professionals work to raise awareness about all things coronary. In other words, February is American Heart Health Month and a good time for you to look closely at your lifestyle to see what you can do to be heart smart this year. Part of your plan may includ...
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Scientists Use MRI Scanners to Detect 'Brain Rust' in Schizophrenic Patients

Scientists Use MRI Scanners to Detect 'Brain Rust' in Schizophrenic Patients
Using a new kind of MRI measurement, neuroscientists recently discovered that excessive oxidation in the brain may contribute to schizophrenia. In other words, the same chemical reaction that causes metal to corrode and rust could be damaging brain cells in schizophrenic patients, too. To analyze this, Dr. Fei Du and his colleagues at McLean Hospit...
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My Battle with Epilepsy and How a 3T MRI Made a Difference

My Battle with Epilepsy and How a 3T MRI Made a Difference
When I was diagnosed with epilepsy, it surely came as a shock. I had a basically normal life (for a geek) growing up; I got through high school OK and into college. As far as I was concerned, my brain was just there for me because it seemed to impress people and I was glad to have something impressive about me. But that sto...
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Frequently Asked Questions About MRI Scans

Frequently Asked Questions About MRI Scans
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a noninvasive diagnostic procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce a clear and detailed digital image of the human anatomy. By conducting an MRI scan, physicians can detect and identify a number of medical conditions in their early stages and therefore increase the likelihood of ...
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What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer in Men

What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer in Men
Men may not have breasts, but they do have a small amount of breast tissue, which means that just like women, men are susceptible to breast cancer. This type of cancer is not as common in males. In fact, about 2,350 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed each year. A man's risk of developing breast cancer is about one in 1,000, whi...
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Dietary Tips to Prevent Prostate Cancer from Spreading

Dietary Tips to Prevent Prostate Cancer from Spreading
November means Movember for many men across the country. To spread awareness of men's health , particularly prostate cancer, many choose to grow out their mustaches and beards to change the face of men's health. While the numbers have significantly declined, prostate cancer still affects tens of thousands of men worldwide. It is projected that in t...
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MRI and Claustrophobia: Finding Ways to Cope

MRI and Claustrophobia: Finding Ways to Cope
Claustrophobia is an irrational fear of being enclosed and having no way to escape. Unfortunately, that is the very essence of the traditional MRI, which slides a patient into a tube, so strong magnetic fields and radio waves can create images of the internal structures of the body. HealthResearchFunding.org reports that while only about 13 percent...
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What to Expect During an Extremity MRI

What to Expect During an Extremity MRI
An extremity MRI is a type of scan used specifically for diagnostic imaging of the arm, leg, hand, or foot. The machine uses radio waves and a magnetic field to generate images of the inside of the extremity in order to diagnose problems with the muscles, bones, joints, nerves, or blood vessels. What conditions can an extremity MRI diagnose or asse...
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