Can I get into Johns Hopkins…..?

could i get into johns hopkins school of medical imaging to be a radiologic technologist? I don’t want to be a disgnostic radiologist and spend many years in school but this program seems to be for people who want to become radiologic technologists since it is only an 18-month program.
heres the link:

So my question is: Is this program for wannabe radiologic technologists? and how hard would it be to get into this program?
if it helps, i am only a sophomore in high school but I have about a 4.0 GPA and taking all honors and AP classes, i am in national honor society, i do sports year round and have gone to states, and I volunteer and work a lot!
advice is also helpful! :)

Im thinking on studying “Radiologic Technology”, can anyone give me some more info?

I would like to know, preferably from people in the field, the following things:
-are the classes hard?
-how hard is it to get the certification from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists?
-how much an hour? how are the prospects for advancement within the field?
-how do you go on to get “trained/certified” to use MRI and CAT scan machines?

You Don’t Have to be Perfect to be Free of Back Pain

Would you have back pain if every part of your body were perfect? The answer has to be… No, it’s pretty safe to say you wouldn’t have any pain if your body were perfectly aligned, perfectly balanced and in a perfect state of being.

But here’s the thing—you don’t have to be perfect to be pain-free. In fact, you can have serious conditions like Spinal Stenosis and even a Herniated disc and still have no pain—regardless of the type of job you have or how you think the condition developed or even the unique situation that you find yourself in today.

Don’t believe it? The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine just reported it.

They published a study in which researchers performed an MRI on 98 people who had no back pain. And the researchers found that nearly two thirds of them had some kind of abnormal disk condition.

The researchers conclude:

“Many people without back pain have disk bulges or protrusions… Given the high prevalence of these findings and of back pain, the discovery by MRI of bulges or protrusions in people with low back pain may frequently be coincidental.”

That’s right. They called having a bulging or protruded disc and having back pain a coincidence. Proof positive that you can have a condition and not have pain. Indeed, there are millions of people with existing back problems right now who do not even know that they have the condition and surly don’t have any pain at all.

How do you become one of those people?

Living with the condition and living pain free.

Let me say something that may be uncomfortable for you to hear. There is a good chance your condition will never go away. That may sound scary, but it is possible. Herniated disks don’t typically un-bulge themselves and then heal them self to the way they were when you were 15. Spinal Stenosis doesn’t come and go.

And yet, you can still live without pain. In fact, you probably already have.

If you have gone just one minute of one day since your last flare-up without pain, you’ve proved you can have your condition without pain.

How can this be? If the condition didn’t go away, what changes? It all has to do with the alignment of your body, the position of your pelvis, the curvature of your spine and the stability of your body as a whole as you go through your day.

Now, there are a couple of ways to try to relieve that irritation permanently. Sure, you could have surgery. That’s one option to treat your pain. But most surgeries fail within 3 to 5 years. Why? Because they don’t address the reason why the condition became symptomatic in the first place. In other words they don’t fix what’s really causing your condition to develop–they just remove the irritant that is causing the pain.

So what does? I understand you think you’ve tried everything—chiropractors, physical therapy, cortisone shots, acupuncture, massage, anti-Inflammatories and probably 20 others. But ask yourself one question. Answer it truthfully.

Has anyone ever looked at your body as a whole and told you specifically what your postural dysfunctions are and what specifically is causing your body to look like it does?

Furthermore has anyone spelled out for you why your pelvis is the way it is? Did they tell you specifically which muscles are tight, which muscles are weak and then give you a very specific and very targeted corrective program to achieve postural balance and stability, which is the single more important thing you can do to alleviate your pain and gain control of your life?

Stability is Everything when looking for pain relief

The only way to stop the irritation is to bring your body back to a more neutral, more balanced and more stable state. When you do that, everything works better—your back, your hips, your shoulders, your SI joint, everything. Once your body is balanced and stable you can do all the things you love to do and do them with the confidence that you are safe, strong and protected against further injury.

As the NEJM proved, you don’t have to be perfect to eliminate pain. You just need to work toward creating a more balanced and neutral state for your body. When you work toward pelvic stability, you help your spine maintain a neutral position. Then you can use your body as it was intended to be used.

That’s how you can have the condition and not have pain. You most likely won’t need surgery. You won’t wake up every morning stiff. You can return to your life and do all you want to do.

Why is Muscle Balance Therapy so different?

First, you should understand that there is no single set of exercises that can specifically help a Herniated disk or Spinal Stenosis or any condition for that matter. So I urge you not to search the Internet for back pain exercises and just do any old stretch or exercise without knowing the underlying reason you are doing it for.
You must also understand that the Corrective Exercise Program you will get form Muscle Balance Therapy is not based on your diagnosis but rather on corroborating evidence from both physical and visual assessments that are used to ensure you are doing the correct and safest program possible for you and your current condition.

Muscle Balance Therapy is based on the biomechanical principle—the more balanced and stable your body is the better your body will work and the less pain you will be in. So before we start we must first know which muscles are out of balance, meaning we need to know specifically which muscles are tight and which are weak. Once we know those, then we can create a very specific and targeted stretch and exercise program to restore balance. And again that only comes from doing the specific assessments…

Let me just review this point one more time, there is no such thing as a single exercise for and medical diagnosed form of back pain like a herniated disc or Spinal Stenosis. So when you ask me will, I just had and MRI and was just diagnosed with 4 Herniated Discs, Degenerative Disc Disease all levels, Spinal Stenosis and oh I was born with Scoliosis and 17 years ago I was in a major auto accident, will your system work for me the answer is will always be yes…

In fact, I tell everyone it great to know your specific diagnosis but now forget about it, you can not change the facts and you can not change the past. Rather, focus your energy on the things you know you can change and as you restore balance you will restore function.

That brings us to the third unique aspect of Muscle Balances Therapy and that is that we have to perform what we call the Unbalanced Workout. This means that you will not benefit from just blindly strengthening or stretching all your core muscles. That is not the way to do it.

The reason is that you could be stretching or strengthening muscle groups that do not need to be stretched or strengthened and you can make your condition worse. Here is the secret: The difference between having pain and not having pain is in millimeters of movement and the more specific the physical approach the faster and safer the results will be.

The fourth difference is not in our exercises, because there are no new exercises in the world. Rather, it’s the confidence you get knowing that the exercises that you are doing are working the muscles in the best way possible for you and your situation.

The Secret

Everyone understands that one approach can not be the answer to every possible circumstance, and we know that, so here is the secret, as you work with Muscle Balance Therapy and address root cause issues like physical balance and postural stability, please understand that we encourage you to seek out those same modalities that failed you before, they all have value in the process of healing but not until you address the important stuff first.

You know the list of things that you have tried; I contend that this time Massage, Inversion, Supplements, Trigger Point Therapy, Heating Pads to name a few will all work to speed your healing and help you achieve optimal health for the rest of your life.

Is Muscle Balance Therapy perfect? It’s close. Does everyone get 100% pain relief? Most do.

I can say with all honesty that there is 100% chance you will improve from your current state. We have a list of 50 ways that your body and life will benefit and 100% pain relief is by all measures a bonus. So it boils down to this: Would you be happy with 80%, 60%, even 50% reduction in pain yet able to do all the things you love to do? Would that improve your quality of life?

I have dedicated the last 15 years of my life and endured both personal and professional sacrifice to create a safe, systematic approach to addressing all forms of back pain that can be used by young and old alike. And I have never been closer then I am right now with the concept of Muscle Balance Therapy to be able to say that you have just learned one of the best lessons anyone with back pain can hear.

I’m not promising miracles, but I do promise a complete and thorough as well as safe approach to managing, treating and even eliminating your pain.

I have seen amazing results again and again for those people that put in the effort and believe in them self knowing that they are doing the right thing.

Let me leave you with this last thought and one that I believe holds the most power. The human body is intrinsically designed to heal its self, we as individuals just need to give our bodies what is needed and remove what is not needed, Muscle Balance Therapy puts that power to heal yourself back in your control.

If I could barrow a line from my good friend Bob Proctor, the cure to ignorance is knowledge and the answer to fear, worry and doubt is study, understanding and faith. Faith builds enthusiasm and enthusiasm accelerates healing. How good it that!

So if you don’t believe me that you can have your condition and not have pain let me teach you what is possible. If you worry and are filled with doubt I urge you to study what is already available to you and the more you know the better off you will become.

That is true for all things and will be true till the end of time.

1. Jensen, M.C., et. al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in People without Back Pain. N Engl J Med 1994; 331:69-73
2. Bob Proctor, The Winners Image, ©1995 -2008

Article courtesy of Steve Hefferon, CMT of The Healthy Back Institute. You can take advantage of the many available free resources on their website by visiting

Magnet Technology and Health Care

Most people have a basic understanding of what a magnet is, but don’t really contemplate the many ways in which magnets can be used.  Did you know that magnets play important roles in our everyday lives?  Without magnet technology, our cell phones, computers, and even many automobiles would cease to function.  Magnet technology has come a long way in the last few decades, but some of the most amazing advances have occurred in the field of health care.

X-ray technology has been around for over 100 years.  Many of us are familiar with the process of having x-rays taken, and we have all seen doctors look at x-ray images.  In 1977, through the use of magnets, a new medical technology was developed as an alternative to (or an advanced version of) the x-ray.  The technology was first called Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, but later became more commonly called Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI.  MRI technology utilizes a powerful magnetic field to visualize the structure and functions in the human body.  Unlike an x-ray, which can only depict a two dimensional image, MRI evaluates the body three dimensionally, allowing more careful evaluation and study of the body.  These systems are used a great deal in the field of oncology or diagnosis of cancer.

Though MRI technology is relatively new, only 30 years old, it has already become a very important a diagnostic tool.  There are now mobile MRI units carried in specialized semi trailer trucks that travel to service rural areas.  For those rural hospitals that cannot afford their own MRI unit, they can schedule the mobile MRI semi truck to visit on a somewhat regular basis so that doctors in the area can schedule patients to have an MRI as needed.  The magnetic field created by an MRI machine is so strong that lead lined walls are used in the semi trailer to prevent the magnets from pulling automobiles off the road and into the side of the vehicle.

In some other exploratory areas of medicine, magnets are now being used for pain reduction and healing.  Some doctors and medical researchers believe magnet therapy is a better alternative than drugs or surgery, because there are no potentially harmful side effects or long recovery time.  Whether or not magnet therapy really works is a hotly debated topic.  Many testimonials have been recorded from satisfied patients.  Is the relief real or only in the minds of the patients?  Time will tell, as current research continues to evaluate the ability of magnet technology to reduce pain and enhance the natural healing process of the body.

Interestingly enough, magnets have been used in health care for hundreds of centuries.  The old recorded history of magnets being used for medicinal purposes is traced back to Africa, where a magnetite mine has been discovered.  The mine, which is believed to be over 100,000 years old, was a major source of magnetite for medicinal purposes.  The magnetite was ground up and used in topical ointments, potions, and foods for health purposes.

In Eastern medicine, magnets have been used since 600 B.C. to reduce pain, much in the same way as acupuncture.  Magnets were placed on specific points of the body called meridian channels, so as to improve blood flow and reduce pain.  From a holistic medicine standpoint, magnets are a good alternative to traditional Western medicines because they provide a non-invasive treatment option.  Many Asian cultures believe that magnets can be used to promote and enhance overall well-being and health.

Modern medicine has come a long way in its use of magnet technology, and new discoveries continue to be made about what magnets can do for us.  There is no question that the future will continue to bring new advancements in the medicinal uses of magnet technology.

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There Are Gadolinium Side Effects to Watch For Following an MRI Diagnosis

You or a loved one may have recently visited a doctor for an MRI diagnosis not realizing that your injection of MRI dye, in combination with kidney problems that you may have a history of, is putting your life in danger. For this reason, you now have certain gadolinium side effects to watch out for. Due to a lack of a black-box warning on the dye’s label which is required by the FDA, you also have a gadolinium lawsuit which you should file as soon as possible.

To help you, you will need to find at least two or three ideal candidates to interview and have the experience necessary to give you a fighting chance at the compensation you deserve. Your gadolinium lawyer is likely to charge you contingency fees, which only depend on the success of your case and are not up-front.

Symptoms following from gadolinium include the following: thickening skin, connective tissue, muscles, and/or organs; others include joint stiffness, yellow spots on the eyes, bone pain, itching, burning, or discolored skin spots/lesions. If your symptoms are severe, it is possible that you must go around in a wheelchair.

While there is no known cure for nephrogenic systemic fibrosis or nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NSF/NFD) of which these are the key signs, you may fight them by revisiting your doctor so a sample of your blood can be exposed to ultraviolet light and injected back into your bloodstream.

Statistics indicate that gadolinium-related illnesses only affect several hundreds of people worldwide. Therefore, they may be difficult to research and you also should not take the risk that there may be a shortage of available lawyers in your local area. Your state’s laws only give you a limited amount of time to file a gadolinium lawsuit, and you should check them to make sure you are not too late. If you like, you may contact your local and state elected officials for advice on an attorney.

Be warned that your overall legal process may take many months to complete, so the more relevant evidence you can present to your gadolinium lawyer, the better. Now is the best time to do this if you are only in the early stages following your diagnosis with MRI dye. An illness may manifest as early as only several days after the diagnosis and as late as 18 months later.

Gadolinium side effects are to be taken seriously. Do not hesitate to get the help you need; your future and that of your loved ones is on the line.

Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma, and Gadolinium. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit

Is Gadolinium in Contrast Dye Safe for MRI Use?

Gadolinium is a naturally occurring rare-earth metal. This metal has a few properties that are appealing to both the scientific and medical communities. Once such property of Gadolinium is that it is highly paramagnetic, paramagnetic materials are attracted to magnetic fields, thus have a relative magnetic permeability.

Medical uses for Gadolinium include intravenous MRI contrast agents in medical magnetic resonance imaging. Gadolinium is part of the solution that is injected or consumed orally before undergoing an MRI.

MRI’s stands for magnetic resonance imaging and is a procedure that allows doctors to view different internal structures and functions in the human body. The MRI provides a very clear picture between soft tissue and bones. Most common use of MRI technology is for brain scans, but other common uses are cancer imaging and for cardiovascular scans.

The question of if Gadolinium is safe when used as a MRI contrast dye is currently being evaluated in the medical community. Since Gadolinium is a free ion it is highly toxic in nature.  It is considered safe when taken in what’s called a chelated compound.

The FDA has approved the use of Gadolinium in the chelated form in contrast agents such as Omniscan, Multihance, Magnevist, ProHance, Vasovist and OptiMARK brands.

Questions remain whether or not this is truly a safe compound or not. There have been reported cases of renal (kidney) problems in some patients. The problem seems to occur with patients with renal failure that have had to undergo dialysis.

It is unclear what the connection is with these patients and the condition they develop after an MRI called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF ) and nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NFD).

Both of these conditions are quite severe and can lead to death. These conditions are not genetic in nature, meaning they people do not have a precondition or are genetically prone to developing this.  So it appears that use of a Gadolinium based contrast agent is the sole cause for NSF and NFD.

While gathering information for this article we have noticed more than a few legal type websites used to gather information from people who have suffered NSF or NFD after an MRI was given.  We are closely watching the legal world to see if any potential class action lawsuits are forming.

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Finding a Gadolinium Lawyer for MRI Injections

Currently, you may be in need of a gadolinium lawyer if you recently visited your doctor, were injected with MRI dye, and also have a history of kidney problems. Under ordinary circumstances, your kidneys would be able to flush out the dye soon after its use.

You may already be contracting symptoms of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis or nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NSF/NFD), and you need to know that these types of diseases are very rare and almost entirely preventable.

They only have several hundred cases worldwide and may be difficult to diagnose. Your doctor may use one of five different brands of dye for an MRI scan, and you may find it helpful to ask which was used. MRA scans have yet to be approved for these. In any event, a lack of warning of gadolinium’s dangers is a violation of FDA requirements that warrant a black-box label, and the target of your lawsuit will be the dye’s manufacturer.

To begin your search for a gadolinium attorney, you should select at least two or three ideal candidates who have the necessary experience to give you a fighting chance in the overall legal process.

Typically, cases like these take many months.

An advantage likely to be available to you is the charging of contingency fees, which only depend on the success of your case and are not up-front.

It is also urgent that you receive further medical attention as soon as possible. While there is no known cure for NSF or NFD, you can fight them by revisiting your doctor, then asking for a sample of your blood to be exposed to ultraviolet light and injected back into your bloodstream.

Symptoms that you should look for include thickening skin, connective tissue, muscles, and/or organs; others may include joint stiffness, yellow spots on the eyes, bone pain, itching, burning, and discolored skin spots or skin lesions. These will serve as important pieces of evidence for your gadolinium lawyer.

You are dually pressed for time because your state’s laws set certain deadlines for filing your claim, and you cannot be certain when a gadolinium-related illness will pose a sudden threat to your life. If you wish, you may contact one of your local or state elected officials for advice on selecting an attorney.

Your ideal gadolinium attorney will have a thorough knowledge of laws related to your situation. Do not hesitate; your future and that of your loved ones may be on the line.

Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma, and Gadolinium. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit

Kidney Disease and Mri a Deadly Combination

NSF/NFD is a very painful and debilitating condition, when can be fatal. No consistently effective treatment has been found. Only a small percentage of cases have been successfully reversed.

What causes NSF/NFD

NSF/NFD is caused by gadolinium-based contrast agents used in MRI’s (magnetic resonance imaging). At this point, it has only been confirmed in people with kidney disease, although there have been some unconfirmed reports of people with healthy kidneys suffering from NSF/NFD.

If you have kidney disease or impaired renal function, you should avoid tests using gadolinium-based contrast agents if at all possible.

What is NSF/NFD?

NSF/NFD starts with thickening and tightening of the skin. Tightening and contracture around the joints can become so severe that it becomes impossible to move your legs, feet, hands, and arms. The ability to perform everyday tasks is lost and you may be confined to a wheelchair or even become completely bedridden.

The prospect of becoming completely immobile externally is bad enough, but it isn’t the full extent of the danger. The tightening can actually constrict airways and internal organs, and kill you.

The scarring can also move into your internal organs. Your heart, lungs, and/or diaphragm, can become so severely scarred that they stop working, also resulting in death.

Symptoms and early detection

NSF/NFD is very rare. Most doctors don’t even know to watch out for it, and aren’t aware of the risk posed by gadolinium based contrast agents and MRI.

If you have had an MRI and start experiencing symptoms of NSF/NFD, you must seek immediate medical attention and get tested for the disease.

Early detection is your best hope for survival, for stopping the progression, and the possibility of reversing the symptoms.

The symptoms can take days, weeks, or months to appear. They include:

• Skin which feels “woody” and has a texture similar to that of an orange peel

• Red or dark patches of skin

• Tightening and swelling of the skin, typically starting with the legs, moving to the arms, and sometimes the trunk

• Thickening of the skin around the joints, restricting movement

• Burning, itching, and/or sharp pains in affected areas

• Fluctuating hypertension preceding the appearance of skin lesions

• Symmetrical skin lesions, commonly on the ankles and thighs and between the wrists and upper arms

• Muscle weakness

• Deep bone pain in the hips and ribs

• Calcification of soft tissues

• Yellow plaques near the eyes


NSF/NFD was discovered in 1997. So far, none of the treatments being tried are consistently effective.

The first and best approach is to improve renal function. This can halt the progression of NSF/NFD and, for some people, reverse the symptoms. It can mean having a kidney transplant.

Physical therapy is recommended for anyone with NSF/NFD. The effectiveness varies, but it can maximize mobility and has no dangerous side effects.

Other treatments are being explored. Most have dangerous side effects and are only helpful for some people.

If you believe that you have NSF/NFD contact an experienced NSF/NFD attorney today.

Back Pain â?? Mri Scans

Low back pain is one of the most common and most disabling of musculoskeletal conditions, costing a very large amount in personal and financial terms. Magnetic resonance imaging has given spinal surgeons an extremely useful tool for assessing the anatomical structures which might be responsible for back and leg pains. However,  a recent review of six trials reported in an article on the BBC Health website has confirmed what many back pain professionals know, MRI scanning has little role in the management of most low back pain. Scanning should be reserved for serious back pain conditions and a comparison of a scanned group and a non-scanned group showed no differences in their outcomes either early on or in the longer term.

Doctors refer people for magnetic resonance imaging for a variety of reasons, one of which is the patient’s expectation that the scan will show what is wrong with their back and lead to a successful therapy. However, an obvious and treatable cause is rarely found on a scan and it more important to answer the patient’s many questions and clearly indicate the treatment strategy to them.

Because it is an easy technological intervention the rates of MRI scanning are increasing, leading to lots of misconceptions and awkward questions, let alone the communication errors which many medical professionals commit when explaining the findings to patients. Most patients would agree to have an x-ray or a scan if offered, illustrating the mismatch between what can realistically delivered by imaging and what patients want.

The examination and medical history of the patient should indicate whether there is a serious underlying cause for the back pain or whether it is mechanical. MRI scanning is not very useful in mechanical low back pain and should be reserved for cases where there are findings which indicate the necessity to do so and not just because the next step is not clear.

The management of low back pain includes patient education as to the likely underlying reasons for their pain (although they are often not clear), the absence of a need for imaging, manual therapy trial, acupuncture and a structured exercise programme. For people with severe and chronically disabling back pain or other pains then a pain management programme approach can be useful.

Reassurance is not an effective way of dealing with patients’ health anxiety and MRI scanning has been shown to be ineffective in accomplishing this goal. Abnormal findings are found in the spines of people without pain symptoms so it is difficult to decide which changes are relevant to the presenting symptoms and which are just incidental. It is vital to avoid creating unhelpful attitudes and images in the patients’ minds about what is occurring inside the spine. Sufficient time and communication skills are necessary to achieve a good understanding.

Explanations to patients are fraught with difficulties and many fall into what I call concepts without explanation, where the explanation is given to the patient with little or no care or checking as to what they take away from it. If we give them a concept to think about we have a responsibility to help them understand and fit it in to their attitudes and beliefs about their back pain in a realistic way. If we get this wrong by being careless with our communication this can have important and negative consequences.

Much of the explanation to patients comes under the category of what I call concepts without explanation. We give a concept, a way of seeing things, to patients but we don’t give them the accompanying information they need to make sense of it and incorporate it helpfully into their view of their back pain and its management. This is a very bad idea and has very unhelpful consequences as the patient’s interpretation of their condition informs their whole self-management.

Management of mechanical back pain is multi-faceted and health professionals need to take the time and make the effort to communicate clearly for successful treatment of low back pain and other pain conditions. Overall, MRI scanning has a very limited role here.

Jonathan Blood Smyth is a Superintendent Physiotherapist at an NHS hospital in the South-West of the UK. He specialises in orthopaedic conditions and looking after joint replacements as well as managing chronic pain. Visit the website he edits if you are looking for physiotherapists in London.

Tattooâ??s and Mriâ??s Donâ??t Mix

This surprised the heck out of me when I read this article. It is claiming that people who have tattoos more so black ink tattoos need to take some extra precaution when getting an MRI done. Iâ??m pretty sure we all know that an MRI is a diagnostic test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves that creates a very informed cross-sectional image of your body. Well it has been reported that people are experiencing burns in tattooed areas more so in black ink or darker tattoos. However, it is unknown how often this strange occurrence happens.

Some research has been done on this matter and the only thing that has been determined is that they suspect the burns are related to iron oxide. Apparently, dark ink tattoos have iron oxide in them which is potentially magnetic.  Since it conducts electricity this causes the iron oxide to heat up during an MRI and causes some burns to occur.

So if you are scheduled for an MRI and you have black or dark ink tattoos be sure to tell you doctor about this and discuss any concerns you may have. More than likely you will be just fine and the benefit from the MRI will probably outweigh the concerns you have for your tattoos. To reduce the possibility of your tattoo burning your doctor may suggest to put an ice pack or cool compresses over your tattoo during the actually MRI to be safe.

So it just goes to show that your body art can cause more problems that you are aware of.

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Gm Chairman and CEO to Receive Mri Trustee Citation Award for Visionary Leadership in Sustainable Transportation


Midwest Research Institute (MRI) will hand out its high-status Trustee Citation Award to General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner on June 10, 2008 for his futurist management in mounting sustainable transportation by insistently driving a remarkable approach for energy diversity in markets all throughout the world.

According to the Auto Channel, MRI’s Trustee Citation Award is presented every year during its yearly dinner assembly to an individual who epitomizes superb leadership in science, commerce, academic world or the arts. Previous recipients of MRI’s Trustee Citation Award have integrated notable personas such as Henry Ford II, Margaret Thatcher, Larry Bossidy, Dean Kamen and Dr. Michael Nobel.

“Energy is no doubt one of the single most important and challenging issues around the world today and MRI is proud to honor Rick Wagoner for his long-term dedication and commitment to lead General Motors in producing more alternative fuel vehicles and significantly expanding the research and development for electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles,” said James L. Spigarelli, MRI’s President and CEO. “Through Rick’s leadership, GM is pushing the advancement of technology solutions into present day vehicles and has created the world’s largest test fleet of vehicles with hydrogen fuel cell propulsion technology on the road today. His commitment to sustainable transportation is protecting the environment, reducing dependence on petroleum and bringing the future of new fuel sources closer to reality,” added Spigarelli.

MRI covers a wide-ranging account in research and development for energy efficiency and renewable energy and having dealt with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Department of Energy that was established back in 1977. The Institute completely distinguishes the important responsibility that the automotive industry takes part in the joint endeavor with government, academic world and other businesses in expanding and modifying innovative technologies for alternative fuel source intended for vehicles with ground-breaking car parts.

GM is aiming to design and tentatively attest a hydrogen fuel cell system that will eventually vie on performance, stability and price with engine systems at present. GM has spent more than $1 billion next to the research and development efforts of more than 700 GM scientists and engineers across the world to accomplish their ultimate dream of a hydrogen economy and hydrogen fuel cell-based transportation with innovative car parts.

“GM’s commitment to aggressively advance hydrogen technology is important not only to the industry but to society overall,” Spigarelli added. “By way of the MRI Trustee Citation Award, we wish to publicly recognize and applaud Rick Wagoner for his leadership in this significant and revolutionary undertaking.”

Anthony Fontanelle is a 35-year-old automotive buff who grew up in the Windy City. He does freelance work for an automotive magazine when he is not busy customizing cars in his shop.

Endometriosis Part 28 – What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (mri) ?

As we mentioned in previous articles during the last stage of the menstrual cycle normally a layer of endometriosis lining in the inside of the uterus is expelled, known as menstruation blood but instead some of the endometriosis tissues grow somewhere in the body causing endometriosis. Endometriosis also reacts to hormonal signals of the monthly menstrual cycle, building up tissue, breaking it, and eliminating it through the menstrual period. In this article, we will discuss what is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in endometriosis ?

I. Definition
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) also known as nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI), is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to provide detailed pictures of the organs and structures in the body. It is considered as a better medical technique than X ray imaging and useful for looking at the uterus and abdomen for tumors and abnormalities.

II. Procedure
No preparation is needed for an MRI, but you are asked to wear loose clothes without any metals fastening and no jewelry, because metals may interfere with performance of the medical instrument caused by too strong magnetic field in your body. As you lie comfortable on the table that moves into the tunnel-shaped magnet, you will hear loud knocking and staccato buzzing and clicking sound while the MRI is operated.
The MRI images will be interpreted by a radiologist and copy of the images and interpretation will be send to your doctor.

III. Risks
In general MRI is considered safe for most people, but people with the following implants cannot be scanned and may not be a candidate for MRI.
1. Internal pace maker.
2. Cochlear implant.
3. Artificial heart valves.
4. Implanted electronic device.
5. Artificial limbs or metallic joint prostheses.
6. Metal pins, screws, plates or surgical staples.
7. Etc.
Please make sure that you talk to your doctor if you have any implants, so you doctor will know you health before ordering MRI.

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Using Mri for Dog Arthritis

One of the newest diagnostic procedures for dog arthritis is the use of MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This procedure is not really new for human patients but it is quite the first time that its use is being extended to man’s best friends.

Dog arthritis is a very common concern. Almost all dogs suffer from this the moment they reach their senior years. But even so, this condition can also be prevented with right intervention.

MRI is a welcome addition to the diagnostic tools that vets use to detect and cure arthritis in dogs. With the use of this high-tech medical scanner, veterinarians don’t have to perform surgery on your pets just to know which joints sustain the problem. What’s more, the use of this equipment allows vets to diagnose other diseases in your pet as well.

Dogs aged two years old can use the MRI scanner. Right now, vets would require dog owners to take their dog for an MRI scan several times within six months to monitor their disease. This way, the vet can easily see the improvement or the worsening of the condition. As such, they can adjust the pet’s medication accordingly. MRI has been a great help not only for your dog but for you and its vet as well.

The MRI scanner uses a large cylinder running through a magnet. The scanner uses radio waves that are sent through the body, which in turn, would produce the image of the dog’s joints, or any other part of its body for that matter. The image produced is either a two dimensional or a three dimensional reproduction of the muscles and joints.

However, only selected hospitals are offering this service right now. Most veterinarians are not yet equipped with this device, as it is quite a little too expensive for small clinics. Also, only a few hospitals allow pets and other small animals to be placed inside the MRI scanner. Hospitals currently allow only human patients for their equipment, although much of it is due to the fact that they don’t have the necessary restraints and devices fit for animals.

The cost of MRI scanning for animals is not much different from human subjects. For people who have limited budget on their pets, it could be quite a big decision whether or not they should put their pet through the scan. However, this still proves to be one of the most efficient ways to provide your pet with the treatment it needs so that it can live life comfortably despite its condition.

If you want to know more about MRI or if you want to subject your pet for one, talk to your vet today. Your vet would know if the diagnostic procedure is necessary for your pet or if the old way of treating arthritis is sufficient. It also pays to know which hospital is offering the service to pets so that you’ll know where to take your dog for one should it require the test in the future.

Visit DogArthritisCare.Com for canine arthritis and canine arthritis treatment articles and information. Read also the deramaxx for dogs FAQ.

The Dangers Associated with a Gadolinium MRI

When it comes to obtaining an MRI, it is important for medical professionals to get the clearest image possible. By obtaining a clear and crisp picture, the medical professional is better capable of making a diagnosis and treating his or her patients. In order to create clearer images, researchers are continually looking for new techniques and technology that can aid with MRI imaging. As a result, the gadolinium MRI technique was developed. While this resulted in clearer images, it also resulted in some very serious side effects for some patients.

What is a Gadolinium MRI?

A gadolinium MRI is an MRI scan that involves using the chemical gadolinium as a contrast agent. A contrast agent helps to increase the contrast in the colors shown with an MRI, which makes it easier for the medical professional to identify potentially problematic areas. Gadolinium is able to create a better contrast by causing the water around it to relax quickly, which results in a higher quality scan.

Why is a Gadolinium MRI Potentially Dangerous?

Gadolinium is not necessarily dangerous for all patients, but certain patients are at a greater risk of negative side effects than others. For example, patients with kidney disease are at a particularly high risk of complications when gadolinium is used for an MRI scan. This is because the chemical is meant to pass through the body, but patients with kidney disease are not able to remove the chemical quickly. As a result, it becomes unbound and can lead to serious health issues.

What Health Issues Can Result from a Gadolinium MRI?

For those with kidney disease, a gadolinium MRI can result in Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, which is a rare condition that involves the internal organs, eyes, joints and skin. Patients with the disease develop hardened skin containing fibrotic plaques and nodules in the affected areas. This ultimately results in a limited range of motion and can lead to renal failure and other serious complications. Many people suffering from Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis also develop other complications, such as hepatitis C, after taking immunosuppressive medications.

What Contrasting Agents are Used in a Gadolinium MRI?

There are actually several different contrasting agents that utilize gadolinium, four of which have been linked to cases of Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. These include:

- Magnevist

- Multihance

- Omniscan

- OptiMARK

Despite the lawsuits that have been filed and the potential dangers associated with having a gadolinium MRI, the chemical is still used by medical professionals when getting an MRI scan. Therefore, if you are scheduled to get an MRI, be certain to discuss the procedure with your doctor and make certain gadolinium is not going to be used with your scan.

Baxter Owens is the developer of, an informational site regarding Gadolinium claims, which typically involve Gadolinium Toxicity. Visit his site to learn about Gadolinium MRI.

Warning: MRI Health Risk – Fatal, Incurable Illness

If you have had an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or MRA (magnetic resonance angiography) with contrast (dye injected into the patient so the doctor can clearly see internal organs, tissues and bones) you may be at risk of a fatal, incurable disease. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) also known as nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NFD) occurs in kidney patients who have an MRI with contrast.

An article at tells the story of Jeanie Deason who developed NSF/NFD and has filed a lawsuit against the makers of the contrast dye. Jeanie’s legs and right arm are now “frozen in a bent position.” Her condition has so deteriorated that she requires 24 hour assistance. She spends her days bedridden, limbs throbbing, getting up only when her parents help her to the bathroom.

A doctor recommended therapy to help with Deason’s condition; however, TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid managed care program, refused for two years to pay for her treatment claiming it was experimental. Finally, in April, a Tennessee judge said TennCare must pay because the treatment is medically necessary.

Although there is no known cure for NSF, Deason’s physician, Dr. John Zic, an assistant professor of dermatology at Vanderbilt University, believes he can give Jeannie some relief through “extracorporeal photopheresis”. It takes blood from her body, exposes it to ultraviolet rays, then returns it to her. This helps her body’s immune system fight the disease. It can cost $8000 for a single treatment.

In Denver, Greta Carolus, suffering from kidney failure, was injected with a contrast dye containing Gadolinium, a rare metal. Four days after her MRI she was hospitalized, diagnosed with NSF and found herself in a wheelchair reports an article at “I wouldn’t wish this on anybody; my worst enemy I wouldn’t wish this on. This is just a terrible disease,” says Greta.

Kidney patients are most at risk for this disease as the toxic contrast dye is expelled through the kidneys and if they aren’t working the poison does not leave the body.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began issuing health advisory warnings on all MRI contrast dyes (also known as “contrast agents” or “contrast mediums”) containing Gadolinium.

On May 23, 2007, the FDA ordered that a black box warning be added to all Gadolinium-based contrast agent labels concerning the life-threatening risk associated with the use of contrast dyes containing Gadolinium.

The warning states that patients with severe kidney insufficiency who receive Gadolinium-based agents are at risk for developing the debilitating, potentially fatal disease known as Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF).

The required warning includes advice to “avoid the use of GBCA’s (Contrast agents containing Gadolinium) unless the diagnostic information is essential and not available with non-contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Although the FDA requires the warning, this use of Gadolinium containing contrast agents is still allowed and they are frequently used.

Lawsuits filed in federally supervised multi-district litigation in Cleveland allege the manufacturers knew of the dangers long before the FDA imposed warnings. “Makers of the contrast dye knew how toxic it was; they knew the results could be catastrophic,” said Seattle Super Lawyer Ken Selander who works with a group of lawyers around the country representing victims of the disease.

Those most at risk for the disease, kidney patients, are legion, according to the National Kidney Foundation who reports that some 20 million people-1 in 9 American adults-have chronic kidney disease and another 20 million are at risk for developing it.

Of those at risk, the ones most in need of the warning are the 300,000 people in the United States who are dependent on kidney dialysis to remove toxins from their blood. Typically, patients must visit a clinic several times a week for 4-hour periods while their blood is cleaned.

Initial symptoms of the disease include high blood pressure, muscle weakness and thick hardened skin. With time victims may suffer pain, burning and itching in affected areas. With more time, victims may experience stiffness in skin and joints which completely immobilizes them. Some suffer death.

If you or a loved one has kidney disease and experienced severe skin reactions after an MRI you should see a dermatologist at once. He can order the simple test which confirms you have the disease.

Rex Bush is founder of Bush Law Firm near Salt Lake City, Utah where he handles personal injury cases in Utah and throughout the United States and Canada. For information on personal injury issues visit his website: Utah Personal Injury Lawyer

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Cervical Spine MRI

Cervical pain can be caused as a result of maintaining poor body postures or due to dislocations or fractures of the neck joints. For analyzing the real reason behind the disorders, physicians may advise patients to take a cervical spine MRI. It is a procedure adopted to make an accurate assessment about the condition of the cervical spine.

A Noninvasive Procedure with Several Benefits

Cervical spine MRI is a noninvasive method used in evaluating the disorders of the cervical spine, especially for patients who are in pain. The main advantage of using MRI technique is that it can create better images of the soft tissues than conventional X-rays. This enables the doctor to distinguish the healthy and strong tissues from the ailing and weak ones. With an MRI of the spine, you can receive detailed images of the structure of the vertebrae that constitute the spine, the spaces between the vertebrae through which the nerves pass and also the disks. From these images, physicians can make a proper assessment about the disorder, its intensity and suggest potential treatment procedures.

MRI Process

The entire scanning process is carried out with the assistance of magnetic fields, radio waves and a computer. While undergoing the scanning process, the patient should not wear jewelry, hairpins, or watches as these can cause variations to the image, due to the presence of magnetic fields. In addition, those patients who have pacemakers or any other metal inserts in their bodies are not advised to undergo this procedure. It is also necessary that the patient must remain in a stable position during the scanning process, because even minute movements can cause variations in the scanning results.

After the scanning process, the patient can carry out his or her normal activities. Mild sedatives are given to those patients who have anxiety and claustrophobia, in order to make them stable throughout the imaging process. Cervical spine MRI is a painless procedure without any side effects and is also free from any harmful radiation.

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What Is A Reasonable Cost For The Reading Of Brain Mri?

I was recently referred for a Brain MRI w/o contrast? I was billed for the procedure by my hospital and then by the radiologist who read the MRI. The radiologist charged $851 to read the results. It was read by an intern and a different radiologist billed the insurance company. My insurance company payed 90% of a what they termed a reasonable and customary charge of $180 which came out to be $162. I have been billed for the remaining $689. If the insurance company said that $180 is a reasonable charge for the reading of the MRI, why am I being billed $851 by a doctor that did not even read the films. Should I complain about this charge or just pay it? I don’t mind paying it if this is a legitimate charge.

How Difficult Is The Training And Education To Become A Mri Tech?

What courses do you have to take in college to get accepted into the x-ray/MRI training program? How difficult is the training? and how hard is it to find a job after you’re finished?
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