Knowing the Facts About Skin Cancer

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five people in the United States will have skin cancer by the age of 70, and it is the most diagnosed form of cancer in the country than all other types combined. Since it is so prevalent, we want to make sure our patients and readers at Middletown Medical Imaging have the facts to protect themselves from this deadly disease. Here are some statistics about skin cancer that you should know so you, your family, and other people close to you can stay protected from it.

  • Every hour, someone dies in the United States from melanoma, which is the form of skin cancer that is most likely to spread to other parts of your body.
  • Basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, affects over 4.3 million people each year in the United States.
  • Wearing a daily sunscreen of at least 15 SPF can help to reduce your chances of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer by approximately 40%, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
  • Early detection is one of the best ways to improve your chances of beating skin cancer, and many times can be done by inspecting your body at home.
  • One of the best ways to detect melanoma on yourself is learning the ABCDE rule of early detection for abnormal skin spots, which stands for:
    • Asymmetry
    • Border
    • Color
    • Diameter
    • Evolving
  • If you are diagnosed with melanoma, your doctor may order additional medical digital imaging to see if the cancer has spread, such as a CT scan or an MRI.

Getting Ready for an X-Ray

Getting ready for your first X-ray can be daunting, especially if you have never had any form of digital imaging done before. While the procedure itself is not scary or painful in any way, there are specific things you need to do to prepare before arriving at the facility for your appointment. Here are a few ways in which you need to prepare before your X-ray:

Leave your jewelry and other accessories at home – Before your X-ray, the technician will ask you to remove any metal jewelry or accessories. If possible, it is best to leave these things at home before you arrive at your procedure to not only make it easier on yourself but to make the testing process go smoother as well.

Wear comfortable clothing – Another way that you can get ready for your X-ray is to arrive wearing comfortable, easy to remove clothing. Since you will need to undress into a medical gown or another medical garment before having your X-ray done, wearing clothing that is not only comfortable for you to move in but also simple for you to remove will make the imaging go quicker.

Ready to set up your digital X-ray imaging at our facility? Give our talented, friendly, and experienced radiology technicians a call at Middletown Medical Imaging today at (732) 275-0999 today to set up your next diagnostic imaging procedure.

Parkinson’s Disease: What You Should Know

With April being National Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, Middletown Medical Imaging wanted to bring to light some crucial facts about this condition, which affects around 10 million people globally. This debilitating disease has specific symptoms that can be found based on a set of criteria, and if spotted early, can help patients to live fuller lives. Here are some things we think you need to know about Parkinson’s disease:

Over 60,000 people are diagnosed with it a year in the United States alone – Each year, over 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. This condition, which is progressive in its severity over the course of a patient’s life, is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects a person’s balance, speech, and movement.

There is no cure for it – While there has been steady and monumental progress in researching Parkinson’s, there is currently no cure for this degenerative disease. With the goal being that one day scientists and physicians find a cure, spreading awareness of this condition’s symptoms, causes, and early warning signs can help others to stay vigilant in the fight against Parkinson’s.

Specific diagnostic imaging is used to rule other conditions out – The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are often similar to other neurodegenerative disorders, so certain diagnostic imaging is used to rule out all other possible conditions. MRI’s are usually the standard in finding out what is going on in a patient’s neurological system to rule out other similar disorders to Parkinson’s.

If you are looking for an open MRI in the Garden State, we can help at Middletown Medical Imaging. To schedule your appointment with us, call us today at (732) 275-0999.