Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology Blog

January 4, 2018

Will AI Replace the Need for Radiologists?

Will AI Replace the Need for Radiologists

The development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) for healthcare applications – including radiology – took a major step forward in the past year. Moreover, there’s no sign of AI advancement slowing down in 2018.

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December 21, 2017

What to Expect After Receiving Abnormal Mammogram Results

For many women, getting a call back from the doctor’s office informing them of an abnormality on their mammogram is scary, if not terrifying.

But an abnormal mammogram doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer. In fact, the numbers are heavily in your favor to begin with: the American Cancer Society reports that only 10% of women are called back for more tests following their initial mammogram, and only 8 to 10% of those called back will need a biopsy to determine if cancer is present.

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December 7, 2017

What Will Radiology Look Like in 10 years?

The fields of healthcare and medicine have embraced a steady stream of new technology in the past several years and the future is destined to bring more of the same. That includes the field of radiology, in which the future promises to hold even greater value to patients.

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November 16, 2017

How Machines Read Your Brain: What Doctors Can Learn to Help You

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain involves the use of a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the brain and brain stem. MRIs help doctors detect a variety of conditions of the brain, including tumors, cysts, bleeding, swelling, and more.

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November 9, 2017

What Age Should You Stop Getting Mammograms

While a routine screening mammogram won’t prevent breast cancer, it does save countless lives by detecting the disease as early as possible. The Mayo Clinic cites research in which regular screening mammograms have reduced breast cancer deaths by 30% in the U.S. alone.

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November 2, 2017

How Can MRIs and Imaging Really Help You

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has become an increasingly vital tool for medical professionals seeking detailed images of the body. The first MRIs were performed over 40 years ago, but technological advancements have made them an essential part of diagnosis and treatment.

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October 24, 2017

The History of The Mammogram

Today the mammogram is one of the most important tools in the detection and treatment of breast cancer. It has become a mainstay technique in diagnostic radiology, and has aided in the significant reduction of breast cancer deaths since their peak in 1991.

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October 17, 2017

Should I Get an Annual Mammogram?

During the second half of the 20th century, the field of radiology has rapidly progressed in terms of efficiency and accessibility. Many of the procedures that have been researched, perfected, and put into practice have become some of medicine’s most accurate ways to prevent and treat disease.

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October 12, 2017

The Importance of Mammograms

October is recognized nationally as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” This campaign is designed to raise awareness of breast cancer, and to educate the public about the disease as much as possible. Widespread awareness campaigns like this are extremely important in the raising of funds for cancer research, and can save lives, simply through the spread of information.

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September 28, 2017

MRI Protection: How to Keep You Safe

Radiology has made substantial progress in the past twenty years. So much so, in fact, that the field has become an integral part of modern medicine. Different types of radiological scans have become household terms, easily-recognized by the general public.

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September 21, 2017

Coronary Artery Blockages: How to Fix Them

It’s no surprise that heart health is important. An active, healthy cardiovascular system has an elevated chance to avoid the various heart diseases that are fatal to roughly 25% of the population.

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September 14, 2017

A Myelogram: What It Shows Your Doctor

When examining the spine for anything from injury to chronic pain, the common method of examination is usually Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). As mentioned in our previous post about MRI, this form of diagnostic scan is made possible by the use of an extremely powerful magnet. While this method is ideal, there are instances in which an MRI is not a safe option for the patient. For example, a patient with a pacemaker would not qualify for an MRI and would need spinal examination via a different method.

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September 7, 2017

What Is Nuclear Medicine?

The world of radiology is vast, always-evolving and made up of many different forms of procedures and technologies. This can make understanding your procedures an overwhelming process. We’re happy to have our blog as a platform through which we can educate our current and prospective patients on our services and specialties.

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August 29, 2017

Detection of Ovarian Cancer: How Medical Imaging Can Save Your Life

Medical imaging can serve a variety of important purposes ranging from operational guidance to fetal monitoring. One of the most groundbreaking ways to utilize the power of radiology, however, is through early cancer detection. Since radiology began to prove itself as a powerful screening tool, the mortality rate for many cancers has decreased significantly, making medical imaging an integral tool in today’s medical landscape.

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August 22, 2017

Bone Loss: Causes, Symptoms, and Detection

Did you know that your bones are made up of living tissue?

To maintain the strength and quality of your bones, your body continually breaks down this living tissue and replaces it with fresh, strong new bone tissue. This process occurs until the body reaches a point known as “peak bone density,” usually by age 30.

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August 15, 2017

Ultrasounds: Not Just For Pregnancy

The term “ultrasound” is most-often associated with a form of imaging used to monitor the safety and health of pregnancy. Ultrasound imaging is considered one of the safest ways to obtain internal images due to its lack of radiation use and has become a go-to solution in the prenatal field.

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August 8, 2017

Catching Lung Cancer Early: What to Look For

One of the many specializations we offer here at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology is diagnostic screening. Diagnostic screening is used to check for disease in asymptomatic patients, provide information on patients with established disease processes, check on the benefit or side effects of other treatments, or to determine if a patient is free from a particular disease.

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July 25, 2017

Tips for Choosing a Diagnostic Imaging Facility

Radiology has become an important facet of modern medicine. With rapidly-evolving technology and life-saving benefits that seem to become more plentiful each day, it’s no surprise that imaging centers are cropping up across the country.

Because radiology can have such an impact on your health, it’s extremely important to choose the right imaging facility for your needs. How, then, can you determine which one is right for you? Be sure to address each of the following before you make your decision.

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July 18, 2017

Vascular Ultrasound: What You Need to Know

When the term “ultrasound” comes up in conversation, many of us think of wellness checks during pregnancy, and for good reason. Prenatal ultrasounds are an effective and commonly-used way to monitor the health of a growing baby.

That function, however, barely scratches the surface of what ultrasounds are capable of. Today, we’d like to introduce you to the practice of vascular ultrasound, which can be used to examine circulation quality.

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What is Interventional Radiology?

Radiology is a rapidly-evolving branch of medicine, recognized by many for the diagnostic insight it provides into the health of patients across the globe. Through images produced by various radiological techniques, physicians are able to see inside the bodies of their patients, providing life-saving information about their conditions.

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July 5, 2017

5 Ways to Prepare for a Diagnostic Procedure

Here at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology, one of our priorities is providing a welcoming patient experience that is as stress-free as possible. Our staff has years of experience working with diagnostic procedures and understands that an imaging procedure can cause anxiety in certain patients.

In addition to providing top-notch services in a caring facility, we’d like to offer some tips that will help make your diagnostic experience go as smoothly as possible.

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June 27, 2017

Utilizing Digital Medical Files: Risks & Rewards

Radiology is a rapidly-advancing field in many ways, and not just in terms of procedures and equipment. The speed at which our field is evolving demands that we stay as up-to-date as possible with current trends and resources, which is why the digitalization of medical files has become such an important part of our business model here at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology.

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June 20, 2017

Purchasing New Equipment: Outsourcing vs. Upgrading

Rural and smaller hospitals often serve as a beacon in their communities, bringing economic stability and health care to citizens who deeply need it. These hospitals provide jobs for new residents and improve the quality of life so that more people will be drawn to the surrounding area.

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June 13, 2017

Common Imaging Trends Radiologists See During Summer

Similar to the ways that the slick surfaces and poor visibility of winter cause an increase in injury, the beautiful, sunny days of summer are also responsible for an upturn in injuries that require X-rays or other diagnostic scans.

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June 6, 2017

CT Scans: What To Expect

Here at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology, we offer many specializations to accommodate the wide range of radiology needs in our area. One of those specializations is the CT Scan, which is extremely effective and one of the most commonly used scanning methods in radiology today.

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What You Need to Know about Prenatal Ultrasounds: Are They Safe?

Pregnancy can be a whirlwind of emotions for everyone involved, especially if the expecting parents are experiencing pregnancy for the first time. The vast amount of incoming medical information, coupled with the uncertainty of the future can be overwhelming, to say the least.

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May 16, 2017

The Benefits of Off-Site Medical Imaging

Radiology has become an indispensable field of modern medicine. Whether being used for diagnostic or therapeutic reasons, the many evolving forms of radiology have saved countless lives and provided valuable insight into some of the most baffling conditions.

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Best Practices for HIPAA Compliance and Teleradiology

If you’ve visited a medical institution in recent years, you surely have encountered forms referring to “HIPAA.”

Even if the forms were explained to you in detail, there’s a good chance that HIPAA is still slightly confusing. We’d like to give our readers a brief, basic explanation of HIPAA and discuss how it helps (rather than hinders) our teleradiology capabilities here at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology.

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May 2, 2017

The History of the Mammogram

Today the mammogram is one of the most important tools in the detection and treatment of breast cancer. It has become a mainstay technique in diagnostic radiology, and has aided in the significant reduction of breast cancer deaths since their peak in 1991.

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April 25, 2017

The Importance of a Yearly Mammogram


During the second half of the 20th century, the field of radiology has rapidly progressed in terms of efficiency and accessibility. Many of the procedures that have been researched, perfected, and put into practice have become some of medicine’s most accurate ways to prevent and treat disease.


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April 18, 2017

Meet the New 3 Tesla MRI Machine


One of the most common forms of diagnostic imaging is MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). MRI has, in fact, become such a mainstay in modern radiology that many people actually expect to undergo an MRI scan at some point in their lives.

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April 11, 2017

Understanding Fluoroscopy: What you need to Know About the Screening Process



One of the many specializations offered here at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology is fluoroscopy. This procedure uses x-ray technology, combined with the use of a contrast agent, in order to better help physicians examine processes as they occur inside the body. Essentially, fluoroscopy allows specialists to get an “x-ray movie” of certain organs or systems working in real-time, so that they can further understand the efficiency (or lack thereof) of those body parts.

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April 4, 2017

The History of the Ultrasound


 

Like many advancements in technology, the ultrasound has become part of our normal, and for many in the medical field, everyday lives. Whether it be for diagnostic purposes, or to determine the health of a developing baby, the ultrasound is a procedure that many people are familiar with.

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March 28, 2017

Precertification for MRI: What You Need To Know

 

One of our top priorities here at LDR are to provide quality care, scans, and reads to our patients, and to provide results as quickly and efficiently as possible. Each patient has his or her own individual needs, and we work closely with our referring physicians in order to provide a healthcare experience that is appropriate for them.

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March 21, 2017

What’s Looked For While Reading Bone Density Scans

 

Over the past 20 years, the field of radiology has been evolving at a furious pace, and is currently proving to play a key role in the diagnosis, prediction, and treatment of disease. Here at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology, we provide a wide range of specializations, scans, and technology to help our facility step up to that role.

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March 14, 2017

5 Ways LDR Helps Rural Hospitals

 

Here at LDR, we’re proud to be a top servicer of imaging departments in the south plains region. Each hospital we work with is an important connection to us, and we strive to provide the highest quality service to every one of them.

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March 7, 2017

Servicing Eastern New Mexico: Quality Reads and Quality Reports

 

Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology is proud to serve the people and hospitals of West Texas. We’ve had the opportunity to build strong, lasting relationships with many of the institutions in our area, and look forward to our futures with them.

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February 21, 2017

American Heart Month: Identifying Heart Disease

 Here at LDR, we feel it’s important to highlight the fact that this month is American Heart Month. Because cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, it is something that inevitably affects the patients we see here at our facilities. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, about 2200 Americans die each day of cardiovascular disease. That means one person, approximately every 40 seconds.

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February 14, 2017

Referring Physicians: How We Make Your Life Easier

Some of our greatest allies in the quest to preserve our patients’ health and provide fast, friendly service, are the physicians who refer them to our facility. Our goal is to make the communication process between our radiologists and our patients’ physicians as smooth and efficient as possible.

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February 7, 2017

Our Choice of PACS System and How it Benefits Physicians

One of our top priorities here at LDR is patient comfort and satisfaction. We select highly knowledgeable, skilled, and empathetic radiologists for our staff so that patients feel comfortable and confident enough to trust us with their diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

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Managing Patient Data in Order to Improve Patient Outcomes

Every day brings with it a round of new and different patients, each with his or her unique needs. With varying scans, specialties, technologies, and doctors, the amount of information and data that is created, shared, reviewed, and passed along to physicians is staggering. Even more astounding is the fact that, if managed correctly, this data has the potential to change and even improve patient outcomes.

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Parents: Things to Know if Your Little One Needs Imaging

One of our top priorities here at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology is the comfort of our patients, both physically and mentally. We know that it can be intimidating at times to come in for imaging, especially if the one who needs the procedure is a child. We’d like to take a few moments to address the basics of children's’ imaging, and hopefully, allay some of the fears the parents of our young patients might have.

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Imaging in Pediatrics: Is it Safe?

 Here at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology, we have the greatest confidence in the instruments and technology that we use to help our patients. All of our equipment is operated by highly-trained professionals, and we are grateful that technology has progressed to the point that allows us to help so many people.

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January 3, 2017

Top Things to Ask Before Choosing a Diagnostic Imaging Center

 When choosing a diagnostic imaging center, there are many factors to take into consideration. Sometimes distance and location can be extremely limiting regarding choice, but when a physician’s office has multiple referral options from which to choose, they have the opportunity get a little picky with their needs.

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December 20, 2016

Radiation Safety: Preventing Overexposure

 The advances in radiological technology over the past century have played an incredible role in the life-saving efforts of physicians across the globe. The ability to diagnose and treat dangerous conditions through these imaging techniques has greatly impacted the chances at preventing some of these life-threatening illnesses.

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December 13, 2016

The Attendings: Physicians by Day, Musicians by Night

 The physicians here at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology are all extremely knowledgeable and talented within each of their specialties… even some specialties that might surprise you!

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December 6, 2016

Common Imaging Trends Radiologists See During Winter

 While radiologists work consistently throughout the whole year, the winter season brings with it an upturn in certain kinds of imaging.

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November 22, 2016

Life at the Front Desk: How to Be Professional and Compassionate

 Some of the most important people in our industry are the women and men in charge of the front desks at our facilities.

 These dedicated workers make huge decisions daily, help the processes at our facilities run smoothly and without hitch, as well as interact with every single patient who walks through our doors. 

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November 15, 2016

Pregnancy and Imaging: What You Need to Know

Imaging practices have become heavily depended on by physicians in today’s medical landscape. This means that certain procedures have become commonplace in the quest for accurate diagnoses and effective treatment.

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November 8, 2016

The History of Radiology – 121st Anniversary of the X-Ray

If you or someone you love is injured, it’s second-nature to take them to the doctor to ensure their health and safety. Similarly, it’s likely second nature for your doctor to suggest an x-ray if he or she suspects a broken bone.

While this practice is extremely common now, less than 150 years ago, an x-ray would have been nothing more than a fairy tale.

We’re excited to help celebrate the 121st anniversary of the x-ray and the International Day of Radiology on November 8th, 2016 by highlighting the evolution of this now-essential, life-saving medical technique.  

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November 1, 2016

What No-shave November is Really all About

You may have heard of “No-Shave November” in passing, on Facebook, or even seen an abundance of bearded, long-haired people on the street during this month of the year… but do you know what it’s actually all about?

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October 25, 2016

Should I Get a Yearly Mammogram?

Early detection is key to combating breast cancer. Self-exams are important, but mammograms can detect problems that might otherwise go unnoticed. When should you start getting mammograms, and how often? Are annual mammograms necessary?

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October 21, 2016

The Importance of Mammograms

October is recognized nationally as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” This campaign is designed to raise awareness of breast cancer, and to educate the public about the disease as much as possible. Widespread awareness campaigns like this are extremely important in the raising of funds for cancer research, and can save lives, simply through the spread of information.

Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology would like to join in this effort by highlighting one the many valuable services we offer: Mammograms.

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October 21, 2016

What is a Radiologist?

Here at Lubbock

Diagnostic Radiology, radiologists are, as I’m sure you have guessed, essential pieces of our team. With over 20 board-certified radiologists, we place great pride in the expertise and quality of our staff.

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October 21, 2016

What is a CT Scan?

 

Here at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology, we use many different types of imaging tools to obtain high-quality images of your body. By gaining as much knowledge as possible, we’ll be able to work with you and your doctors to determine the most effective courses of treatment for whichever condition you are experiencing.

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October 11, 2016

Open Air MRI vs. Closed Bore MRI

When it comes to diagnostic imaging, an MRI is one of the most commonly-recognized procedures that a patient can undergo. Because the procedure is so common, we’d like to take the time to explain exactly what an MRI is, and discuss the different options that are available to patients.

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September 20, 2016

What Is Interventional Imaging?

Radiology has made many progressive strides over the past few decades, and one of the most exciting advances has been within the branch of interventional radiology. Because of the increased safety and comfort that interventional radiology provides, we’re thrilled to offer this service at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology.  

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September 6, 2016

Introduction to Interventional Imaging: Understanding Angiography & Angioplasty

Radiology is an incredible field of science with many benefits and uses. Many people are familiar with the hand it plays in diagnostic imaging; CT scans and MRIs are commonly-discussed elements of the medical field. Radiology, however, is not simply limited to diagnostic use.

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August 23, 2016

Preparing for Your Fluoroscopy Procedure

One of the many procedures available here at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology is fluoroscopy.

Rather than taking a single still image, this procedure allows radiologists and doctors to view internal organs as they’re functioning, giving the specialists a better idea of the efficiency and health of those organs.

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August 16, 2016

Benefits and Uses of MRI Testing

MRI, one of the most commonly-known forms of imaging technology, stands for “magnetic resonance imaging.” By utilizing a combination of a magnetic field and radio waves, radiologists are able to capture detailed and accurate images of specific tissues and organs within the body.

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August 9, 2016

Healthy Tips for Relaxation

Life is one of those things that can be beautiful, joyful, and incredibly stressful… all at the same time. Combining work, family, responsibility, and recreation (and trying to achieve balance) can be difficult, and this stress can often translate into physical maladies, such as headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and ulcers.

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The Benefits of Nuclear Medicine Compared to CT Scans & X-Rays

The imaging technology available to radiologists today is astounding, and allows radiology specialists to view the inside of the body in many different ways.

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August 2, 2016

National Friendship Day

In honor of National Friendship Day, the team here at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology would like to take a break from our usual style of blog post and focus on a less-talked about but very important aspect of your health: your social health.

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July 26, 2016

Fun Ways to Stay Active This Summer

Who doesn’t love summer?

Farmer’s Markets are in full swing, swimming pools are open, and the sun has officially stopped going to bed early. The opportunities for outdoor fun, are much more enjoyable when it is warm are plentiful.

Outdoor fun, however, isn’t inherently active. Get-togethers, picnics, and outdoor concerts don’t always mean you’re going to get in some much-needed exercise. Because it’s important to stay active all year long, we’ve come up with some creative ways to stay active this summer while still having fun.

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July 12, 2016

Quick, Healthy Dinners to Satisfy the Whole Family

We’re right in the thick of summer, and while this season often conjures up pleasant images of backyard barbecues and grilling galore, the fact is that it’s also a very busy season.

While grilling is a fantastic way to give lean meats and nutritious vegetables a delectable layer of flavor, it does take a little time and preparation. With summer sports, hours at the swimming pool, and family vacations, grilling isn’t always the most convenient way to get a meal on the table.

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