YOUR MRI QUESTIONS ANSWERED HERE!
With the arrival of the first 3T MRI in the Waterbury area at DRA we are now switching our question and answer section to MRI's. Kenneth Allen, MD, a partner at DRA and Director of Greater Waterbury Imaging will answer some of the most common asked questions concerning MRI.
Dr. Kenneth Allen
What is the preparation for an MRI?
One of the nice aspects about having an MRI is the lack of preparation necessary for most exams. There is no need to fast overnight or drink extra fluids, etc. Most medications can be taken normally and there is no need for any change in diet. The exam usually takes about half an hour, plus or minus, so one of the most important things to do is to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Since the MRI magnet is very sensitive to the presence of metal, it is good to wear clothing that does not have metal in it. Before the exam it will be necessary to remove metallic or magnetically sensitive items, such as watches, cell phones, jewelry, dentures, glasses, hearing aids, wallets with credit cards, etc. It may be necessary to change into a hospital gown if your clothing has metallic clasps, belt buckles and so forth. For exams of the head or neck. it is best not to wear make-up, since many of the pigments in facial makeup (especially eye-shadow) contain metallic particles which can distort the images and can irritate the skin. If you have have any internally implanted metal devices it will be important to let the technologist know about those in advance. While most implanted materials are safe for MRI, there are certain devices such as pacemakers, aneurysm clips and implanted medication pumps which may be forbidden in the MRI magnet. Also, if you are pregnant or could be pregnant, be sure to inform the staff. As soon as any issues regarding metallic safety are resolved, you can proceed with the exam.
HDR Brachytherapy now at HLRCC
HDR Brachytherapy is a highly precise, targeted form of radiation therapy that tackles tumors from the inside, out. Radiation is released at a greater level of intensity than in other brachytherapy methods, allowing quicker, more effective treatments.
Benefits of HDR Brachytherapy
- Radiation is delivered to a targeted area with precision
- Reduces potential side effects
- Radiation distribution conforms to size & shape of tumor, resulting in better outcomes
- Treatment times reduced
The addition of HDR brachytherapy will effectively complement the progressive therapies and protocols already available to cancer patients in Greater Waterbury at the Leever Center. We are all extremely lucky to have this available in our area and all of us at DRA are very thankful to the Leever Center and the Demsey Family of Watertown for bringing this service to breast cancer patients.
NOW IS THE TIME TO PLAN AHEAD
FOR THAT GREAT PAIR OF LEGS!
Are you tired of hiding your legs by wearing long pants all summer long? Now is the time to start thinking ahead and plan to finally do something about those ulgy varicose veins. At The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy treatment starts with a consultation where the doctors will examine your veins, conduct an ultrasound of the effected leg(s) and then discuss the course of treatment that is best for you.
Often insurance companies opt for conservative management of your veins and require you to wear compression stocking for 6-8 weeks before approving of any vein therapy. So, you see that it is necessary to plan ahead because treatment is a process and does not happen in a day. Now is the time to start planning for that great pair of legs you have always wanted! Call our office at 203-758-1980 to schedule your initial consult and let us take care of everything else.