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....
Do patients have a choice in their health care treatment – and should they? After all, they have not earned a medical degree. Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography believes in empowering patients with a choice. In every facet of medicine, from prevention to diagnostics to treatment, there are so many conflicting opinions, reports, research and biases. Many patients have become expert WebMD researchers, but what they find is anything but a simple, straightforward answer or direction.
Television personality Deborah Norville of Inside Edition recently announced the nodule on her thyroid, originally brought to her attention in 2004 by an observant viewer, is now cancerous. This got me thinking about the “Butterfly Effect” since, well, the thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly. The butterfly effect is a chaos theory that illustrates the idea that some complex systems (Norville’s thyroid cancer) exhibit unpredictable behaviors such that small variances in....
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Do patients have a choice in their health care treatment – and should they? After all, they have not earned a medical degree.
Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography believes in empowering patients with a choice.
In every facet of medicine, from prevention to diagnostics to treatment, there are so many conflicting opinions, reports, research and biases. Many patients have become expert WebMD researchers, but what they find is anything but a simple, straightforward answer or direction.
Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography is a privately owned diagnostic imaging and screening service that is both conventional and alternative medicine. As the owner, I can attest this business came about from a very personal story.
In 2016, my best friend, business partner and brother was facing a rare terminal cancer. Living in Phoenix, AZ, he had access to the world’s leading “conventional” medical care at Mayo Clinic. The world’s most knowledgeable physician on this cancer was his doctor. As I watched him rapidly deteriorate, knowing he was going to quickly become yet another statistic in this physician’s next paper, I began to research anything and everything on this disease.
This led me to many alternative medical practices and procedures. I have been in conventional medicine for decades and I was very skeptical, but desperate, and quite frankly, the conventional approach was failing.
To my surprise, patients with the same or similar diagnosis as my brother had reported improvement, reduced tumor size and more energy and quality of life with some of the holistic treatments. Sadly, the Mayo physicians were not only discouraging; they almost seemed condescending and left my brother with fear they might withdraw their care if he chose to pursue anything other than their protocol.
There was a news report on the local Phoenix TV station while I was there about one of the “sham treatment centers.” A women diagnosed with a terminal cancer was interviewed. She showed a picture of herself a few months earlier, 40 pounds lighter and very visually ill. She sought out an alternative treatment. The day of the interview she was riding her horse, reporting her illness was in remission. A Mayo clinic doctor followed her on the segment claiming how irresponsible it was for these “sham clinics” to offer such worthless treatments and give such false hope. The station cut back to the woman as she rode off yelling, “YEE-
The reality is, there is no one answer. Sometimes stories like the one I shared may be just anecdotal evidence. But we now live in a world of medical marijuana, CBD oil, supplements and much more. The main difference between traditional and alternative medicine is the approach. Traditional medicine treats the symptoms and problems of certain areas or diseases, whereas alternative medicine focuses on cause and prevention, often stressing natural treatments. Holistic medicine emphasizes strengthening the immune system to ward off disease.
Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography is not a place of treatment but diagnosis and screening. We believe in being inclusive, not exclusive. Offering both traditional and alternative procedures at an affordable cost empowers patients not only to make a choice concerning their own health care, but it also adds more tools to the health care tool box. If medicine was one-
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-