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What to Expect with Nuclear Medicine Imaging

Radiology Services Virginia Nuclear medicine imagingWhen you hear the term nuclear medicine, there’s a chance you may be a bit concerned with the treatment. After all, nuclear fallout, nuclear weapons, and nuclear meltdowns all have a negative connotation. When it comes to nuclear medicine imaging, however, there is no danger in it.

What is Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine isn’t something you take, like a pain reliever or antibiotic. Rather, it’s simply an imaging process, or a scan. What happens during this scan is a small amount of radioactive material is used, alongside a special camera and computer, to capture images of the insides of your body.

Of course, there are other imaging techniques, so why use nuclear medicine for imaging? Simply stated, because nuclear medicine imaging is able to detect molecular activity with precision, and can discover diseases in their earliest stages, during which time they’re easier to treat.

Preparing for the Exam

Generally speaking, there isn’t a lot you need to do to prepare for a nuclear medicine scan. If, however, the scan will be looking at the stomach, you may be asked to not eat food before coming. Likewise, if the scan is for the kidneys, you may be asked to drink lots of water beforehand. Whatever the case, your radiologist will let you know what you should do before you come in.

What You Should Expect

Most scans will have you lie down on a table. The camera may look like a CT scanner, however it may also be positioned above the table or below the table. While the images are being taken, you must stay as still as possible so as to get the most accurate image. Don’t worry about the radioactivity lingering in your body, either. The majority of it leaves your body through urine and stool. The rest disappears over time, so if you were hoping to gain superpowers like Spider-Man from nuclear medicine, you’re out of luck.

 

If you need nuclear medicine imaging or other radiology services, please schedule an appointment with us at Peninsula Radiology by giving us a call at (757) 989-8830.

Concussions

concussionA concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Concussions are a concern for young athletes in sports that involve contact. Signs and symptoms generally show up soon after the injury. However, you may not know how serious the injury is at first and some symptoms may not show up for hours or days. Monitoring an injured child or adult is essential to recognizing symptoms that require medical care.  Diagnosing a concussion through the appropriate imaging testing, such as those done at Peninsula Radiology, is the most accurate form of diagnosis.

 

Common Causes of Concussion

There are many ways to get a concussion. Some common ways include

  • fights
  • falls
  • playground injuries
  • car accidents
  • bike accidents
  • Participating in any sport or activity such as:
    • football
    • soccer
    • boxing
    • hockey
    • skiing
    • snowboarding

 

Symptoms of a Concussion

It is not always easy to tell if you have a concussion. You don’t have to pass out (lose consciousness) to have a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion range from mild to severe and can last for hours, days, weeks, or even months. If you notice any symptoms of a concussion, contact your doctor. Physical symptoms of a concussion include:

 

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache and pressure in head
  • Fuzzy or blurry vision
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Balance problems
  • Feeling tired or having no energy

 

How is a concussion diagnosed?

You need to see a doctor if you have sustained an injury or blow to the head and are showing symptoms of a concussion. If a doctor thinks that you have a concussion, he or she will ask questions about the injury. Your doctor may test your reflexes and order a CT Scan or an MRI to make sure the brain is not swelling, bleeding or bruised.

 

Treatment for a Concussion

The treatment for a concussion involves resting and abstaining from all physical activity until your doctor has determined it is safe. Rest is the best way to recover from a concussion. Getting plenty of sleep and avoiding activities that are mentally and physically demanding will hasten your recovery rate.

 

Preventing Concussions

Experts agree that the best ways to prevent concussion are to:

  • Play by the rules. Teaching young athletes to respect and follow the rules of their sport is part of good coaching.
  • Wear the appropriate equipment for your sport and wear it properly. Always close a chin strap if your sport requires a helmet; many concussions occur during practice.
  • Examine the playing field for uneven areas or holes.
  • Make certain that goal posts are padded sufficiently.
  • Practice good sportsmanship. Teaching good sportsmanship is part of good coaching and good parenting; minimizing unnecessary aggression on the field.
  • Learn and use proper technique for your sport. Some sports organizations have taken additional action to minimize the risk of concussion by limiting the number of contact practices allowed during the season.

If you’ve suffered any of the above causes of concussion and are showing symptoms, it is vitally important to seek medical care.  Peninsula Radiology’s team of highly trained imaging professionals and medical providers are able to diagnose concussion after a thorough review of imaging tests.  Contact us at (757) 989-8830 for more information.

 

What Does a Radiologist Do?

radiologistA recent study presented at the annual Radiological Society of North America meeting determined that more than 64% of respondents stated that they had little or no understanding regarding the critical role of radiologist. Radiologists specialize in producing pictures of the human body using state-of-the-art imaging technology, such as X-rays, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These medical specialists are central members of the multidisciplinary clinical care team who play a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries within adults and children, including babies and unborn fetuses.

At Peninsula Radiological Associates, patients are offered the following specialties and services:
CAT Scans, which display several different types of tissue
X-rays, which identify and treat bone fractures
DEXA Scans, which measure bone loss and density
Embolization, which stop blood supply to destructive tumors
MRI, which diagnose cancer, vascular disease, and neurological disorders
Musculoskeletal imaging, which pinpoint spinal disorders and arthritis
Nuclear medicine, such as PET scans, which evaluate respiratory problems and organ function
Radiofrequency Ablation, which locate and eliminate tumors using electrical energy

Of course, there are several other imaging procedures available through the dependable care of our board-certified radiologists. Women’s Imaging, for example, includes a wide range of valuable services related to breast cancer, such as digital mammography and image guided biopsy.

Because these terms can appear confusing or overwhelming to some patients, we uphold the ideas behind the “Radiology Cares” initiative, which seeks to effectively promote effective communication between the patient and healthcare providers. As a result, our patients are empowered to make informed decisions regarding their rehabilitative care.

Overall, direct communication is essential to improving our community’s awareness of the dynamic role radiologists play in healthcare. Even more importantly, direct interactions with these specialists will enhance patient understanding and maintain comfort regarding their undergoing tests and procedures. These are the goals that we strive to achieve on a daily basis in order to provide the best healthcare possible.

We strongly encourage patient education, and are always ready and willing to answer any questions regarding your health. Peninsula Radiology Associates is happy to serve your imaging needs.

Season’s Greetings from Peninsula Radiology

Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays from our family to yours, at Peninsula Radiology!pra holiday

Peninsula Radiology Associates Features Dr. Dennie Bartol, M.D., FACR

Peninsula Radiological Associates has provided quality medical imaging services for more than 50 years. Our team of board certified and fellowship-trained radiologists have over 200 years of combined experience. Our team delivers the most comprehensive range of medical diagnostic imaging and interventional radiological procedures available on the Virginia Peninsula.

Peninsula Radiological Associates is affiliated with the highly esteemed Riverside Health System. This partnership allows for the greatest level of expertise, technology and service to our patients. Our team of accomplished physicians have a wide range of subspecialty, fellowship trained expertise, which allows them to provide our patients with outstanding care.

Dr. Dennie Bartol Newport News, VAMeet Dr. Dennie Bartol, M.D., FACR

Dr. Dennie Thomasson Bartol graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He received his internship training at the Medical College of Virginia, where he also completed his Residency in diagnostic radiology. Dr. Bartol completed an Interventional Radiology Fellowship at Georgetown University.

Currently, Dr. Bartol is an interventional radiologist at Riverside Regional Medical Center, where he also holds the position of Director of Interventional Radiology, as well as medical director for the Department of Radiology.

In addition to being Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology, Dr. Bartol is certified by the North Carolina Board of Medicine and the Virginia Board of Medicine. He also holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Interventional Radiology. Dr. Bartol is a member of many professional societies, including:

  • Radiological Society of North America
  • Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
  • Southeastern Angiography Society

He is also a Fellow of the American College of Radiology, where he previously held a position as President for the Virginia Chapter. Throughout his career, Dr. Bartol has published many peer-reviewed papers, and presented at conferences across the country. Dr. Bartol was awarded the “Top Docs” award in 2009, and the “Super Docs” award in 2011. He resides in Newport News with his wife and two children. Learn more about Dr. Bartol.

At Peninsula Radiology, it is our goal to always utilize the least invasive technology for diagnosis. Call (757) 595-6363 or go online to schedule an appointment for imaging services.

PRA Welcomes Dr. Marshall

MarshallThe team at Peninsula Radiology is pleased to announce the addition of our newest doctor. Please join us in welcoming Dr. William H. Marshall.

Dr. William H. Marshall, M.D. graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University. He obtained his medical degree from George Washing University Medical School. Dr. Marshall completed internship training at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center. He continued his training with a residency in diagnostic radiology at the Water Reed Army Medical Center. In addition, he completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Marshall served in the United States Army from 1983 to 1994, which two of those years were spent as a Brigade Flight Surgeon at Fort Hood, Texas. He received numerous awards, including the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal and a Meritorious Service Medal.

Dr. Marshall joined the team at Peninsula Radiology in 2015. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology and holds licenses in Virginia, Colorado, Texas and Wisconsin.

In his spare time, he enjoys running, reading, cooking as well as teaching.

Learn more about Dr. Marshall.