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Injury Prevention in Children & Adults

Injury Prevention in Children & Adults
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At Vision XRAY, we are witness to the results of many an accident and injury. We image broken or fractured bones, scan for internal problems, and more. Unfortunately, injury is an all too common concern. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, in the span of a year (2011-2012) nearly 500,000 people were hospitalised in Australia due to an injury. That statistic has continued to rise by approximately 1% every year. Accidents happen, but ideally, you can avoid injury altogether. Common sense and taking the right precautions can ensure safety and health for you and your family. Here are some tips for preventing injuries in adults and children.

What is Injury?

In the medical sense, injury is defined as damage to the body. This bodily harm can result from accidents, falls, weapons, and more. Common injuries include fractures, sprains, strains, burns, or wounds (injuries which break the skin or other tissues). Injuries can occur in a wide variety of situations. While accidents and incidents are not 100% preventable, you can take steps to avoid injury, refrain from placing yourself in dangerous situations, and minimise your risks as much as possible.

General Precautions

Life is not risk free. Outdoor adventures, sports, and even riding in a car all pose a threat to our safety. The key is being as safe and smart as possible about protecting ourselves.

In every situation, take advantage of any safety measures already in place. This is easy to do, like wearing your seatbelt when driving or riding in a vehicle. Whenever you are near a street, it’s paramount to follow the “rules of the road”, whether you’re in the vehicle, on a bicycle, or walking as a pedestrian. Remaining alert and attentive to road signs, signals, and traffic can mean the difference between injury and safety. When participating in sporting events or activities, be sure to wear the proper protective gear. Cyclists, for instance should always wear a helmet as head injuries can be fatal.

Keeping Children Safe

Injury may be even more of a concern for children, with a higher incidence of preventable injuries occurring in younger age groups than any other demographic. Fortunately, parents can take action to keep their kids safe. “Child-proofing” a house with young children is important. This includes keeping dangerous items out of reach and placing locks on cabinets and drawers containing any hazards. Gates can help keep young children from inadvertently falling down stairs or entering unsafe areas. When riding in vehicles, children should be securely strapped into age-appropriate safety seats. If you have a swimming pool, you will need to take extra precautions. Drowning is a leading cause of death for young children in Australia, but it is entirely preventable. For more ways to prevent child injury, refer to Kidsafe, the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia.

Advice for Older Australians

For older adults, one of the greatest causes of injury is falling. In 2011-2012, 96,385 older Australians were hospitalised due to experiencing a fall. Older adults can protect themselves in a few ways. First, adults should have regular health checkups with a physician. Your physician can assess any medications you take, as some of these can contribute to dizziness and a loss of balance. It will be important to know which of your medicines may cause such problems. Second, older adults should strive to exercise frequently. This is a great way to maintain strength and balance: key components to preventing a fall and reducing the impact of injury. Lastly, older adults and their families can take action to make their homes safer. To avoid falls, keep the floor uncluttered and remove items which could pose a tripping hazard. Install handrails inside the shower and next to the toilet to make manoeuvring that much easier. Place hard to reach items in lower cabinets so that a step stool is not necessary to reach them. In addition, consider putting more lighting (or brighter bulbs) into your home to make it easier to see any potential dangers.

With these precautions, you and your loved ones will be at a lower risk of experiencing an injury. Stay safe!

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Vision XRAY: 10 Convenient Locations

Vision XRAY: 10 Convenient Locations
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While it’s true that the majority of people do not look forward to their medical appointments, the hassle of these can be alleviated by positive factors. Of course, the most important factor in selecting a medical provider is excellence and a high quality of care. But for many, another factor which holds equal weight is that of convenience. At Vision XRAY, we want to make it easy for you to get the scans and treatment you need, when you need it. To this end, we have established ten convenient locations throughout New South Wales for our patients.

City XRAY – Macquarie Street

Located right in the Sydney CBD is our City XRAY location on Macquarie Street. This practice is convenient for a wide variety of patients: both those who live in the Sydney region or work in the city can make use of our office hours open Monday through Friday from 8 to 6. This location offers a range of services including digital x-ray, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, mammography, nuclear medicine, dental x-ray, CT scan, MRI and more.
This is also the site of our Australian Breast Centre with a dedicated breast physician and breast radiologist.

City XRAY – Haymarket

Located in the Chinatown area of downtown Sydney, City XRAY Haymarket provides another convenient location for our patients. Here, we have staff that speak Korean, Mandarin, and Japanese to ensure excellent care for our non English-speaking patients. Services available at this location include: digital x-ray, CT scan, bone densitometry, mammography, ultrasound and More.

Beaches XRAY – Mona Vale

Situated in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, Beaches XRAY Mona Vale is open 7 days a week and 364 days per year. This location is found within the Gateway Medical Building, where there is also a medical centre and a pathology practice. This makes it easy for patients to handle medical appointments in one convenient location. Mona Vale services are: x-ray, OPG and lat ceph, CT, ultrasound, image guided procedures, and more.

Beaches XRAY – Dee Why

Also found in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, Beaches XRAY Dee Why provides a convenient option for those on the North side of Sydney. This location is along numerous bus lines and is easily accessible. Our Dee Why practice offers a number of comprehensive radiology services including doppler ultrasound, image-guided procedures, x-ray, CT, mammography and Cone beam CT, among others. This is also a second location of the Australian Breast Centre with our specialised practitioners and thorough breast care services.

Georges River Medical Imaging – Revesby

Located to the west of Sydney in Revesby, our newest location has recently been opened: Georges River Medical Imaging. This brand new practice brings with it the first-class technology and commitment to care that you’ve come to expect from our other locations. Revesby services include: Digital X-ray, ultrasound, Cone beam CT and OPG, Lat Ceph and CT.

Illawarra Medical Imaging – Wollongong

Our Illawarra Medical Imaging practice serves our many patients in the Wollongong region to the south of Sydney. In this convenient Piccadilly Centre location, patients have access to a range of services including MRI, ultrasound, CT cone beam, image-guided procedures, mammography, x-ray, and more.

Illawarra Medical Imaging – Figtree

Offering services within a hospital our Wollongong practice in Figtree provides a helpful location to those needing radiological care in the southwest region of the Illawarra. This location is open 5 days a week.

Highlands XRAY

Situated in Bowral in the Southern Highlands, Highlands XRAY is a welcome addition to the community. Our practice stands out as an exceptional facility offering a wide range of procedures and scans. Here you’ll find another location of our Australian Breast Centre, as well as have access to MRI, general x-ray, dental imaging, CT, mammography, nuclear medicine and other options.

Illawarra Medical Imaging – Dapto

Moving further south, we have our Dapto location. For those patients south of Wollongong, Dapto is an ideal solution. This site is open 5 days a week and offers all types of ultrasound including; Pregnancy ultrasound, vascular ultrasound, also CT scan, OPG and lat ceph, image-guided procedures, and general x-ray.

Shoalhaven Medical Imaging

Conveniently located in the Nowra CBD, Shoalhaven Medical Imaging has been serving the Shoalhaven for more than a dozen years. This is a comprehensive practice offering an Australian Breast Centre location, as well as a variety of other radiological services including MRI, ultrasound, mammography, general x-ray, CT and more.

Expect the Best

Wherever you visit us in New South Wales, Vision XRAY is proud to offer consistent superior services to each and every patient. We look forward to serving you and assisting you in your health, comfort, and care.

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New Location Opened – Georges River Medical Imaging

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July 2015 will see the long anticipated opening of our newest site, Georges River Medical Imaging bringing to the Revesby Workers Club locality and surrounding areas the cutting edge technology yet legendary personalized service our Highlands Xray branch is highly reputed for.

Bridging the distance between our Macquarie St. City X-ray practice and Highlands X-ray, Bowral, we are located above the Revesby Village Plaza Coles complex in the Revesby Workers Club’s Ekera Medical Precinct.

You will be impressed by the brilliance of Revesby’s newest medical imaging facility as we phase in our extensive services over the coming months.

Computed Tomography – Lowest Achievable Radiation Dose

Vision Xray Group’s practice ethos based on lowest possible radiation dose to our patients is foremost in the selection of our innovative new Low Dose CT scanner with 3D endless multi-reformatting 128 slice capabilities. High quality image acquisition is possible across a wide spectrum of procedures such as brain, chest, abdomen, orthopaedic, cardiac, angiography and CT-Guided Interventional procedures such as guided biopsy and guided injections.

The system utilizes ASIR technology, capable of reducing radiation dose to patients by a minimum of 40% of its predecessors. This means that some CT scans are actually lower in radiation dose than a general x-ray of the same region.
Faster scanning coverage also means that your time on the scanner is much shorter. In combination with the skills of our sub-specialised interventional radiologists and highly experienced technical staff we intend to provide an array of procedures previously impossible in the local area.

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General X-ray

Our digital low dose General X-ray Direct Radiography technology provides extremely high resolution image quality.

It is situated with room to move in our spacious examination rooms designed for our most elderly patients who may require ambulant transport along with their escorts. The luxury of a trolley waiting bay provides the comfort and privacy our respected elderly & injured deserve.

Dental Imaging

A low dose and highly specialized dental imaging service will afford our local kids, mums & dads the best possible dental radiography with the absolute minimum radiation possible.

This feature rich 3D dental imaging system provides image processing, measurement and implant planning tools that are invaluable to dentists ,specialist dental referrers and ENT surgeons.

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Bone Densitometry

August promises our precision high end Bone Densitometry DEXA unit complete with and Total Body composition capabilities. This system goes beyond weight and the traditional body mass index (BMI) to determine body fat distribution. Body composition measurement contributes to a thorough patient evaluation and helps physicians monitor the effects of therapy, diet or exercise. Body composition scans with DXA provide precise and accurate data on bone and tissue composition, including bone mineral density (BMD), lean and fat tissue mass, and %fat.

The DXA bone densitometer uses tiny amounts of x-ray to produce the total body image. The x-ray is composed of two energy levels that are absorbed differently by the bone, tissue and fat in the body. The measurements are fast and non-invasive.

Again we have chosen the best possible dose outcome for our patients as x-ray dose from a GE Lunar densitometer is lower for body composition than BMD, and is comparable to the naturally occurring radiation.

Our orthopedic DEXA application provides accurate and precise bone mineral density and bone mineral content values. Bone assessment in the vulnerable region surrounding an implant is now possible, providing exceptional evaluation for practitioners and clinical researchers specialized in orthopedics and surgery.

Furthermore the use of a new concept, Trabecular Bone score (TBS) provides the missing link in fracture risk assessment as applicable to osteoporosis screening and management by telling us the quality of trabecular bone structure. The greatest benefit of TBS software is in the detection of osteopenic patients that have a poor TBS score. A poor TBS score effectively places them in a higher fracture risk category, which is more indicative of an osteoporotic patient.

Ultrasound & Interventional Procedures

We offer the full compliment of ultrasound services along with ultrasound-guided interventional procedures including therapeutic injections for pain management, biopsy and therapeutic drainage.

Proudly available to the elderly  & infirm are spacious imaging rooms and dedicated areas for the privacy of nursing home and hospital patients requiring trolleys and their escorts whilst awaiting their procedure and trip home. (Please note: Personal lifting devices should accompany patient)

Mammography

As Georges River Medical Imaging bears strong ties to high quality breast imaging we intend to phase this modality in as new technology comes to hand in the very near future.

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MRI

Magnetic Resonance imaging is envisaged to arrive in Revesby once the Medical Centre is fully functional. In the meantime, our closest sites are located at City XRay in Macquarie St Sydney and Highlands Xray Bowral. Please don’t hesitate to ask our staff to expedite your booking at these sites.

We are here to support you

Our staff is happy to provide multilingual assistance to our patients in some Asian languages.

Standing by our practice core values of compassion, justice, human dignity, excellence and unity, our highly experienced staff are long-term members of the local community keen to bring their home community a wonderful imaging service which will set Georges River Medical Imaging apart from all other imaging services

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Maintaining Healthy Bones

Maintaining Healthy Bones
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If there’s one thing radiologists see a lot of, it’s broken bones. With 206 of them, bones play a vital role within the human body. Bones primarily support body structure, allowing us to stand tall and execute a range of movement. Bones protect our more vulnerable internal organs, store important minerals such as calcium, and also contain marrow which allows for blood cell production. Bones are extremely important, and help us remain active all through our lifetime. A broken bone is never fun, and while you may not be able to prevent accidents from occurring (though you can certainly minimise this risk), you can take steps today to make your bones as healthy and strong as possible.

Boost Your Bone Health

According to Healthy Bones Australia, there are 3 essential elements involved in maintaining healthy bones: exercise, calcium, and sunshine. Each factor plays an important role in strengthening your bones. With bone health knowledge under your belt, it is surprisingly easy to boost your bone health in your everyday lifestyle.

Get That Calcium

Calcium deposits are what build our bones and keep them healthy. Some calcium is needed throughout your life to keep your bones at their strongest. Older children and adolescents require the most calcium intake in their daily diet, as their bones are growing rapidly at this stage. As we age, we also need to keep tabs on our intake, as bone calcium levels begin to decrease, especially for women. After the age of 50, women may need to include more calcium in their diet, or even take a supplement. Maintaining proper levels of calcium helps to prevent osteoporosis and keeps our bones from becoming brittle and more susceptible to breakage.

What foods provide calcium?

You can easily consume your daily recommended calcium amount by eating calcium-rich foods. When most people think of calcium, they think of milk. While milk has the highest calcium content, you can get it from a wide variety of sources, including soy milk, natural yogurts, cheeses such as cheddar, mozzarella, and edam, sardines, mussels, salmon, tahini, and even many vegetables, such as bok choy, chickpeas, and watercress.

Move Your Body

Exercise is a large part of maintaining healthy bones. Exercise has an endless number of important benefits for your body, but for bones, exercise provides work for your muscles, which, in turn, aids in improving bone density. Physical exercise should be undertaken at least 4 times per week to get the maximum results. Cardiovascular activity is great for bones, but only if it is weight-bearing such as basketball or running. Resistance training, balance-focused workouts like yoga, and traditional weight lifting are also excellent sources of bone-boosting exercise. You should participate in a variety of activities and aim to do high-impact exercise frequently.

Enjoy the Sunshine

When your skin is exposed to rays of the sun, vitamin D is produced within your body, another vital element for healthy bone maintenance. Vitamin D helps your body better absorb calcium, which assists in the strengthening of your bones. It’s easy to get your recommended Vitamin D from the pleasant Australian sunshine (only about 10 minutes are required on summer days) but it’s important to limit your sun exposure to prevent sunburn and increased risk of skin cancer.

We Love Healthy Bones

With a focus on the three elements of sunshine, exercise, and calcium, you will be on track for strong and durable bone health. If you have further questions or are concerned about your bone health, you should talk with your physician. Vision XRAY offers painless Bone Density testing (DEXA) with referral from your physician. AT Vision XRAY we’d be happy to help you discover ways to boost or examine your bone health. At Vision XRAY, in addition to providing our bone densitometry, we’re happy to help you discover ways to boost or examine your bone health.

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Investigating Joint Pain Through Radiology

Investigating Joint Pain Through Radiology
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Unfortunately, many patients will experience joint pain throughout their life. This can occur particularly as the body ages, sometimes caused by arthritis, but joint pain can also transpire as a result of strain, overuse, or injury. Radiology is one of the most effective diagnostic tools available for investigating joint pain. Through various mediums such as XRAY, Ultrasound, MRI, and CT scan, radiologists and physicians can closely examine the patient’s joints and surrounding structures, helping to determine the cause of the problem and find appropriate solutions.

Where Does Joint Pain Occur?

Joint pain may affect any joint within the body, but common areas of pain include the hips, shoulders, wrists, and knees. Joint pain may be caused by inflammation of tendons and ligaments, mal-alignment of joints, loss of cartilage, fractures, or related stresses and injuries.

Using XRAY

Patients with arthritis or knee issues will commonly be referred for an XRAY. Your orthopaedic physician may request specific XRAY images of various angles of the joint in question. For knee pain, an XRAY can often indicate whether there is a fracture or bone spur. Your physician may closely examine the images to check for joint alignment and joint space. For arthritic patients, shrinking joint space can indicate a loss of cartilage and help determine the severity of the arthritis.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound uses reflection of sound waves to produce an image and does not use ionising radiation, making it a harmless test. It is a dynamic examination so you can see movement both normal and abnormal. Ultrasound examines soft tissues so images can show ligaments and tendons. As it can also observe blood flow, this scan is also useful in assessing inflammation, as there is typically an increase in blood flow to the affected area.

CT Scan

For examining joints, a CT scan is another important tool for diagnosis. While XRAY is helpful for observing bone structure and problems with
cartilage and joint alignment, CT scan provides more detailed images of internal structures such as tendons and ligaments. The CT scan allows the physician to note problems with these structures as well as the internal structure of bones. In the shoulder, for example, there are several tendons which can be prone to tearing or inflammation. A rotator cuff tendon is a commonly injured area of the shoulder.

MRI

As the shoulder is a multi-layered area, an MRI is a frequently used scan for this part of the body. MRI scans can show the soft tissue as well as the bone, so this test can be especially useful in observing swelling. The MRI allows the radiologist and physician to see further detail of the interior structures. Frequently, an arthrogram is utilised to investigate shoulder pain. An arthrogram involves an injection of a contrast dye, which helps internal areas show up much more clearly on our scans. The arthrogram can be used in conjunction with a CT scan, ultrasound, or MRI.

Experiencing Pain?

There are many useful diagnostic tools and tests for determining the cause of joint pain throughout the body. Your radiologist, alongside your physician, will determine which scans are most appropriate for each patient. If you are experiencing any current joint pain, do not hesitate to contact your physician immediately. Injuries or other problems can be dealt with, and our radiology technology here at Vision XRAY is excellent for investigating these issues. Your doctor can refer you for a diagnostic scan, and together we’ll help determine the cause of your pain.

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Learning More about Bone Densitometry

Learning More about Bone Densitometry
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So you’re wanting to learn more about a bone densitometry test.

What is it? Who should have the scan? What does the test diagnose?

Bone densitometry scans are more commonly referred to as bone density tests. These tests scan the body to check how dense the patient’s bones are. Denser bones mean stronger, healthier bones. Bones with a lower density may indicate sign of deterioration or potential osteoporosis. Bones that register as having a lower density are more fragile, thus more easily broken in the unfortunate event of an accident.

Not everyone needs a bone densitometry scan—but your doctor may recommend one if you are over the age of 50. Other possible reasons for having a bone density scan would be those with a family history of bone problems or with risk factors for problems. Risk factors for bone density issues may include things such as early menopause, Rheumatoid arthritis, or certain thyroid conditions. You should always speak with a physician if you have any concerns about potential risk factors.

The bone densitometry scan is a very simple procedure which is completely painless. It takes only about 15-30 minutes to complete. The patient lies flat on the table, fully clothed, while the machine passes over the body and performs the scan. At Vision XRAY, we utilise a technology known as DEXA, or Dual Energy XRAY Absorptiometry. This scan uses xrays to produce images of your bones. The procedure is completely safe and is a low-radiation machine. During this scan, you may be asked to shift positions, always lying down. The bone density scan checks areas with strong indications of bone density loss, such as the hips and lower back, and can also be used to observe other specific areas, according to the need. These areas are helpful when observing changes in bone density, as differences and signs of loss are most apparent in these bone regions.

DEXA tests are an excellent indicator of osteoporosis, and indeed, bone density scans are one of the only ways to fully diagnose the condition. If your scan results show bone density loss, your physician will speak with you about ways to prevent further bone deterioration. There are many things you can do to help control osteoporosis and maintain bone strength, including exercise, hormone therapies, Calcium supplements. You and your doctor can help decide together what is right for you.

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