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.

  Filed under: Categories: injections, MRI Scans, MSK, News, Orthopedic, pain management, Sport Medicine, Sports Injuries, therapeutic injections, and Ultrasound Scans. Tags: BC, frozen shoulder, hydrodilatation, MRI Vancouver, pain injection, shoulder pain, and Vancouver.
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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.

  Filed under: Categories: Atherosclerosis, CT Scans, Early Detection, Heart Disease, Screening Exams, and Ultrasound Scans. Tags: CT Vancouver, kidney disease, MRI Vancouver, Private MRI, Screening Exams, and Ultrasound Vancouver.
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Our radiologists’ research featured at international conference

The Radiological Society of North America (“RSNA”) is holding its annual international conference in Chicago this week.  Canada Diagnostic Centres is very proud that three of our radiologists have research that is being presented at this high-profile conference.

The RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting has 53,000 attendees from around the world.  The Scientific Assembly is considered the premiere scientific radiology forum in the world – providing the most up-to-date and leading edge research into all aspects of radiology.

Drs. Bruce Forster and Gordon Andrews are contributing authors to research posters on musculo-skeletal imaging and improving CT reporting for radiology residents.  Dr. Forster is also moderating and presenting at an educational session on elbow/hand/wrist imaging.

Dr. Hugue Ouellette, our Medical Director is a contributing author to eight research papers which have been accepted for presentation at this year’s Assembly.  His topics include musculo-skeletal imaging and radiology in emergency settings.

Our radiologists’ research was conducted at UBC Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital – facilities where they also work, teach and research.

We’re very proud of the work our radiologists do both at Canada Diagnostic and our local teaching hospitals – and we would like to congratulate them on their contributions to this year’s RSNA Scientific Assembly.

If you are considering a private MRI, CT or Ultrasound exam, we would be happy to help.  To learn more about our services, please visit our website or call us at 1-877-709-8522.

  Filed under: Categories: CDC News, CT Scans, MRI Scans, MSK, Orthopedic, and Sport Medicine. Tags: Canada Diagnostic Vancouver, MRI, MRI Vancouver, Private CT, Private CT Scan Vancouver, Private MRI, and sport medicine.
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Cut the risk of heart attack in half by controlling blood pressure & cholesterol

A new research article in the medical journal Circulation shows that patients may reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by at least half by getting their blood pressure and cholesterol under control.

A healthy lifestyle is important for minimizing cardiovascular disease but so is taking medications if they are needed to get control over blood pressure and cholesterol.  While preventing heart disease is important, maintaining healthy blood vessels is too!

If you have risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history, overweight or sedentary lifestyle, you might benefit from having a Coronary Artery Calcium Score (CACS).  A CACS takes a look at your coronary arteries and can spot small amounts hard plaque in your vessel walls – an early indicator of cardiovascular disease.

For more information about CACS, see our other blog articles:  Patients Who “See” Their Heart Disease are Much More Motivated to Follow Doctor’s Orders (July 31, 2012) and #1 Heart Disease Predictor (September 13, 2012).

Call us today to find out more about CACS at 1-877-709-8522 or send us an email at info@canadadiagnostic.com.  You can read more about our CACS scan and other screening exams offered at Canada Diagnostic here.

  Filed under: Categories: Cardiovascular, Early Detection, Heart Scans, and Screening Exams. Tags: Calcium Score, Canada Diagnostic Vancouver, coronary calcium, CT scan, CT Screening, early detection, heart disease, heart scan, Lung Cancer Screening, MRI Vancouver, Private CT, Private MRI Vancouver, and Screening Exams.
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Heading Soccer ball leads to brain injury

According to a study published June 11 in the journal Radiology, soccer players who frequently use their heads to field the ball have brain abnormalities that show up on MRI and that are similar to those found in people with traumatic brain injury.

Soccer balls can travel as fast as 50 miles per hour, and a player may head the ball up to a dozen times during a game.  During practices, it might be common to perform heading drills – where the ball might be bounced off of a player’s head several dozen times.  During the repeated impacts, the brain is accelerating/decerlating inside the skull.

We already know the effects of multiple concussions and how sports like north-american football are starting to grapple with those effects.  But what about impacts that don’t cause concussion like repetitive heading of a soccer ball?

Testing has shown that cognitive (memory) performance decreased in soccer players after a threshold of 1800 headings per year.  However, the changes seen in the brain on MRI show tissue changes that preceed cognitive decline at thresholds of 900 – 1500 headings per year.  The cumulative effects of repetitive minor injury might not be apparent for many years.

How can this type of cumulative brain injury be avoided?  One of the studies authors suggested that players heading counts be monitored and the players be given a recovery period once a certain number of headings has been reached.  Baseball does something similar with pitchers to save their arms/shoulders from permanent damage.

for more information about MRI, CT and Ultrasound services at Canada Diagnostic, please call us at 1-877-709-8522 or send us an email at info@canadadiagnostic.com.  You can also visit our website at www.canadadiagnostic.com.

  Filed under: Categories: Brain Scans, Brain Scans, CT Scans, Knee, MRI Scans, MSK, Orthopedic, Sport Medicine, and Sports Injuries. Tags: brain mri, head injury, MRI Vancouver, Private MRI Vancouver, and soccer injury.
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Breast MRI helps predict chemo’s effectiveness

MRI that is used to determine how well breast cancer tumours are responding to chemotherapy may help shape patient care.  A new study shows how imaging can play a vital role in characterizing a tumor and monitoring treatment response.

A study done at the University of California (San Francisco) looked at the results of women who had chemotherapy prior to surgery.  They received Breast MRIs before their chemo started, after one round of chemo, after a second round of chemo and again prior to surgery.

Breast MRI proved to be better than clinical examination in accurately showing how well a tumour responded to chemotherapy and how much tumour was remaining.  Researchers found that the best predictive information about how a tumour is responding comes early in treatment–during the MRI done after the first treatment.  This means that doctors can get useful information early on in a patient’s chemotherapy to determine how well its working.  Treatment changes then can be made if necessary.

If you have received a diagnosis of breast cancer, or have had breast cancer in the past, talk to your doctor about having a Breast MRI. 

Breast MRI exams are available at Canada Diagnostic, analyzed by a radiologist with a sub-speciality in breast imaging.  Call us today for more information at 877-709-8522 or email us:  info@canadadiagnostic.com

  Filed under: Categories: Breast Cancer and Breast MRI. Tags: breast cancer, breast mri, Canada Diagnostic Vancouver, CDC Vancouver, and MRI Vancouver.
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