Things That Can Be Found in an MRI

open MRI machineOn our blog at Middletown Medical Imaging, we have discussed the various types of diagnostic tests that can be done at our facility to find things like cancer, traumatic brain injuries, and hairline fractures in a bone. However, there are plenty of other conditions, diseases, and injuries that an MRI can locate without being invasive to the patient. Here are a few different medical conditions that an MRI can detect without having surgery:

Crohn’s disease – According to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Crohn’s disease affects over 700,000 people in the United States alone. This painful condition creates inflammation and tearing in a patient’s small bowel and GI tract, which can cause constant diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, and potentially death. An MRI can help doctors see inflammation, tearing, and blockages in the GI tract, which allows them to diagnose Crohn’s disease.

Kidney stones – If you have had a kidney stone before, you know the excruciating pain that comes with passing it. While kidney stones are generally not a life-threatening condition if caught in time, they are something that causes a great deal of discomfort and physical pain to someone who has them. Luckily, surgery is not always needed to get rid of kidney stones, and they can be detected through an MRI or ultrasound to be treated accordingly.

If you are looking for a comfortable, professional, and relaxing open MRI machine experience in New Jersey, turn to our experienced staff at Middletown Medical Imaging to schedule your appointment. Give us a call today at (732) 275-0999.

Sarcoma Awareness Month: What You Should Know

Did you know that July is National Sarcoma Awareness Month? Sarcoma, which is one of the rarest and deadly forms of cancer, is found in the medical digital imagingconnective tissue of the body. Connective tissues can be seen almost anywhere in one part of your body that is adjoined to another, such as any cartilage, muscle, or nerve tissue. We want all of our patients at Middletown Medical Imaging to be aware of the different types of sarcoma and the warning signs of it developing in your body. Here are some fast facts about this rare cancer:

  • According to the Sarcoma Alliance, which is a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing education and research about the disease, there are over 25 subtypes of the cancer.
  • While there are well over 25 subtypes of sarcomas, each subtype can be categorized into either a soft tissue or bone sarcoma.
  • The two major categories, soft tissue and bone sarcoma, are placed depending on where this type of cancer develops.
  • One of the most common age group at risk to develop either a bone or soft tissue sarcoma are children under 20 years old.
  • In addition to children being one of the most diagnosed groups for sarcoma, other people at risk are those who have Paget’s disease, those who have specific genetic disorders, and those who have had family members that have been treated for sarcoma.
  • Certain medical digital imaging, such as CT scans, MRI’s, and ultrasounds, have been crucial in the early detection of sarcoma in many patients.