Frozen Shoulder – What is it? How do you fix it?

The medical term is adhesive capsulitis, and if you’ve ever suffered with frozen shoulder, you know how painful and frustrating it can be. Your pain may even worsen at night, disrupting your sleep.

Frozen shoulder can go through three stages: Freezing where it gets stiffer over time, Frozen where your range of motion is quite limited and Thawing where your frozen shoulder starts regaining its range. The whole process can take a couple of years!

What’s actually happening is that the structures that make up your shouder are encased in a capsule of connective tissue that tightens around the shoulder. Risk factors include being over age 40, having reduced arm mobility due to other factors (broken arm, arthritis) and some chronic health conditions like diabetes.

What can you do about frozen shoulder? See your doctor who can confirm the diagnosis. Then try a conservative approach with over-the-counter pain medication and physical therapy. If those just aren’t helping, you can talk to your doctor about having an image-guided injection.

A special type of image-guided injection called hydrodilatation–where sterile water is injected into the shoulder joint and stretches the capsule–gives instant and permanent relief of the dreaded frozen shoulder. Sometimes hydrodilatation is the therapy of choice for active people who want to get back to their favourite activities as soon as possible.

Call us at 604-709-8522 or email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com  to learn more about hydrodilatation at our clinic or any of our other image-guided injections for pain relief.

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Dr. O is lecturing in Liverpool

Dr. Hugue Ouellette is at the UK Radiological Congress this week delivering lectures on the Future of CT Imaging. The UKRC is the UK’s largest imaging event.

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If everyone adopted four healthy lifestyle behaviors, half all all cancers could be prevented.

A recent study published in JAMA Oncology, suggests that roughly half of all cancer deaths and diagnoses in the U.S. could be prevented by adopting four healthy lifestyle attributes:

 

  1. Quit Smoking
  2. Maintain a healthful weight
  3. Watch your alcohol intake
  4. Exercise 150 minutes or more per week

 

The results suggest that the most effective way to fight cancer is through healthful habits.

 

This Los Angeles Times article summarizes the findings of the large study.

 

 

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A simple test for heart disease predicts long-term mortality

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Canadians–but the good news is that a simple test that can accurately predict long term mortality (chance of death in next 15 years) is available and it can help guide preventive management.

Coronary Artery Calcification (CAC) is a reflection of disease in the arteries that supply the heart. We’ve known for a few years now, that the amount of CAC can predict whether a patient is at risk for a serious cardiac “event” in the next five years. A recent large-scale study has shown that CAC results are even more valuable: they found that CAC was highly predictive for up to 15 years.

When a patient is shown to have calcium in their coronary arteries, they have coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD may be mild or advanced, but this important information helps you and your doctor come up with a game plan that might include some lifestyle changes or medication.

A test for CAC is a simple scan done by CT – it’s completely non-invasive, takes only minutes and doesn’t require any preparation by the patient. The test measures the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries and then provides a score of your relative risks of having a serious cardiac event in the next several years.

Canada Diagnostic Centres has been providing CAC exams since 2000 and is one of the most experienced facilities in Canada in providing this test. For more information about this useful exam, click here or give us a call at 604-709-8522.

  Filed under: Categories: Cardiovascular, CT Scans, Early Detection, News, and Screening Exams. Tags: Calcium Score, coronary, coronary calcium, heart attack risk, heart disease, Private CT, and Private MRI.
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Back Pain? SFU Archeologists may know why.

Dr. Kimberly Plomp and Professor Mark Collard of the SFU Evolutionary Studies Program are finding evidence that disc herniations may be related to the human evolution of walking upright.

This research may be beneficial to the population at large. Dr. Plomp thinks that their findings may be able to help doctors identify people who might be more at risk for disk herniation due to their spine characteristics, and thus can benefit from preventative care.  To read Dr. Plomp’s research article, click here.  The Vancouver Sun, as well as several international newspapers have published articles on Dr. Plomp’s hypothesis and research.

Canada Diagnostic Centres is proud to be working with Dr. Plomp and her team by providing spine imaging data. Some of our patients may volunteer to have their images included in Dr. Plomp’s important research – please call Shelley James to learn more at 604-709-8522.

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Kidney disease: 1 in 10 have it, do you?

March is Kidney Health Month and BC Renal is helping raise awareness about this often silent disease.

Unless you’ve been diagnosed with kidney disease, you probably haven’t given much thought to your kidneys. You may not know that kidney health is closely related to heart health, and that your life depends on your kidneys. If your kidneys were to fail, you would need regular dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant to survive.

In BC an estimated one in 10 people has some level of kidney disease, but most don’t even know it. Over 90 percent of people with early-stage kidney disease have no symptoms. Without diagnosis and treatment, this means their kidney health can gradually deteriorate over time until their kidneys no longer function properly. – See more at: http://www.bcrenalagency.ca/conferences-events/kidney-smart-campaign#2015

Take the self-assessment quiz at BC Renal and find out whether you should get your kidneys checked!  A simple blood test is the first step in assessing your kidney health – talk to your doctor about your risk factors or symptoms.

If diagnostic imaging is required, Canada Diagnostic can help with either an ultrasound or CT scan which can provide valuable information to your doctor to help tailor any medical treatments you might need.  Give us a call at 604-709-8522 or write to us at info@canadadiagnostic.com.

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Have you been screened for colon cancer?

March is Colon Cancer Awareness month.

Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canada – yet this is one of the most preventable cancers if abnormal growths are found early.

Everyone over age 50 should be screened for colon cancer, and people with risk factors should start even earlier.  Find out more about screening tests here.

The gold standard for colon cancer screening is an optical colonoscopy – an alternative is a Virtual Colonoscopy or CT Colonography.  This is a quick, simple scan that requires no sedation and is ideal for people at average risk for developing colon cancer.  Visit our website to learn more.

If you are interested in learning whether a colonoscopy, virtual colonoscopy or FIT test is right for you, talk to your doctor – these are tests that could help save your life.

If we can help with a Virtual Colonoscopy, send us an email at info@canadadiagnostic.com or give us a call at 604-709-8522.

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Calculate your Cancer Risk – and learn how to minimize it with MyCancerIQ.ca

Designed by Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), My CancerIQ is a website that helps you understand your risk for cancer and what you can do to help lower that risk. Taking a My CancerIQ assessment can give you information to help protect yourself against cancer. As you work through the assessments, you’ll learn: – What factors help to keep your risk of cancer down – What factors increase your risk of developing cancer – What you can do to manage or reduce your risk, including links to helpful resources Where appropriate, you’ll learn whether you should be screened for particular types of cancer, such as colorectal, cervical and breast cancer. My CancerIQ won’t tell you whether you’ll get cancer or not, but it can help you focus on specific changes you can make to lower your cancer risk and live a healthier life. While it’s true you can’t change some risk factors like your age or family history, research has shown there are many things you can do to lower your risk. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors. At Canada Diagnostic, we can help with a Low-Dose CT scan for Lung Cancer Screening or a Virtual Colonoscopy for colon cancer screening. Call us today at 604-709-8522 to find out more or email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com.

  Filed under: Categories: Colon Cancer, CT Scans, Early Detection, Lung Cancer, and Screening Exams. Tags: cancer, cancer screening, colon cancer, CT Colonography, early detection, lung cancer, Lung Cancer Screening, and Virtual Colonoscopy.
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Primary Care Doctors say Imaging Improves Patient Care

Do we use too much medical imaging? Not according to primary care doctors in a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The study surveyed 500 primary care doctors in the U.S. – 88% of the physicians surveyed said that diagnostic imaging allows them to be more confident in their diagnoses and to make better clinical decisions. All that equals better patient care in their books.

In both the United States and Canada, medical imaging is viewed as a costly component of the healthcare system and ways to cut those costs are being explored. Practical guidelines have been developed both in Canada and the U.S. to help doctors choose the most appropriate type of imaging for their patients’ particular symptoms. The goal of these guidelines is to help eliminate unnecessary or redundant testing.

At Canada Diagnostic, we are able to offer MRI, CT and Ultrasound so that you can get the best test possible for your unique needs. Our radiologists are available to speak with your doctors anytime to help determine what the best test is. Each type of test provides a different type of information, so its important to choose the best one for diagnostic accuracy.

Find out how we can help – call us today at 604-709-8522 or email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com

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Aortic Aneurysm Screening Urged for Older Male Smokers

The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF)have recommended that men aged 65 to 75 who have ever smoked should get an ultrasound to screen for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA).

Why is screening important? Most AAAs are “silent” until they rupture and AAA ruptures are often fatal.

The Mayo Clinic defines an AAA as “An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta, the major blood vessel that supplies blood to the body. The aorta, about the thickness of a garden hose, runs from your heart through the center of your chest and abdomen. Because the aorta is the body’s main supplier of blood, a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding”

Screening for an AAA is an easy procedure – its simply an ultrasound of your abdomen, concentrating on the aorta. Canada Diagnostic Centres has been providing AAA screening since 2007 and patients often combine this screening test with our other screening exams for early detection of disease.

What about men over age 65 who have never smoked? the Task Force asks doctors to consider their patients on a case-by-case basis. Patients may have other risk factors which may suggest screening is a good idea, such as a family history of AAA, a history of other vascular aneurysms, atherosclerosis, obesity and hypertension.

Where does that leave women? The evidence isn’t in yet, but this is an area that is being actively studied. Risk factors should definitely be considered.

Should you get a screening ultrasound for AAA? Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and whether this exam is right for you. We would be happy to give you more information about the exam and the other screening tests we provide at Canada Diagnostic. Its easy to contact us at 604-709-8522, or toll-free at 1-877-709-8522. Prefer email? Please contact us at info@canadadiagnostic.com

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