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What Is A Radiologist?

If you’ve ever needed to get imaging done at a hospital, you’ve interacted with a radiologist. Radiologists are medical doctors that specialize in both diagnosing and treating illnesses using medical imaging. Imaging can include X-rays, MRIs, PET Scans, CTs, ultrasounds and more. Below we dive into what radiologists do, including different radiology specialties and treatment. 

Schooling

To become a radiologist, doctors go through thirteen years of schooling, including four years of medical school, a four year residency and often a one- to two-year fellowship for specialized training. Fellowships are often required for those who want to go into oncology, pediatric, or interventional radiology. Additionally, radiologists are required to continue their education throughout their careers to maintain their certification. 

Types Of Radiologists

There are three main types of radiologists: radiation, diagnostic and interventional.

Radiation: These highly-trained doctors prescribe and oversee treatment for cancer patients. They use radiation therapy to treat cancer, while also monitoring patient progress and adjusting treatments as needed. Radiation radiologists undergo many facets of training to prepare them for their roles, including extensive cancer medicine education, how to safely use radiation to treat disease, as well as how to manage any and all side effects caused by radiation. 

Diagnostic: This type of radiologist does pretty much what you would expect from their name. They use medical imaging to diagnose a patient’s condition. Acting as a supplement to your referring physician, these doctors perform, interpret and report the results of your scans, and even help your doctor devise the best treatment plan or recommend additional testing if necessary.

Diagnostic radiologists may also specialize in the following: 

  • Breast Imaging/Mammograms
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pediatric
  • Head and Neck
  • Emergency
  • Chest
  • Neuroradiology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Genitourinary radiology

Interventional: These doctors diagnose and treat patients with minimally-invasive techniques, such as MRIs and X-rays. After creating minute incisions in the body, they guide tiny instruments to the source of the problem to deliver treatment. Interventional radiologists treat many diseases this way, including, but not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Uterine fibroids
  • And more

This technique is beneficial to patients because the procedures pose less risk and require less recovery time than more traditional surgical methods. 

Townsen Memorial Hospital Is Here For You

At Townsen Memorial Hospital in Humble, TX, our medical staff is experienced in all aspects of radiology–from cancer treatment to diagnostic imaging. We’re conveniently located off of 59N and FM 1960 at the corner of 1960 & Townsen Rd. to ensure you can arrive safely and quickly should you need medical attention. With a 24/7 emergency room and a hospital staff trained in all specialties, we’re here for you when you need us. To learn more, visit our website or call 1-877-494-9487.

Health Tips, MRI, CT Scan, imaging center

Women’s History Month: Women In Medicine

March Is Women’s History Month

Townsen Memorial is proud to celebrate the contributions of strong women in medicine. To honor Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting some women that have changed the field of medicine through their work and dedication.

Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910)

Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to earn a medical degree in the U.S. She has served as a pioneer to many women in the medical field today. Elizabeth faced many obstacles on her path to a medical degree and continued to fight for women’s access to this education after her graduation. She opened up the Woman’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary in 1867 to support other women hoping to pursue careers in medicine.

Marie Curie (1867-1934)

Marie Curie worked with her husband to discover two chemical elements in the periodic table: polonium and radium. This discovery led to many medical advancements including the development of the x-ray. During World War 1, Curie developed mobile x-ray machines that she brought to the frontlines to diagnose injuries in wounded soldiers.

She received many awards for her work, and later created the Curie Institute in Paris, in 1920. Today, the institute serves as a leading medical research center.

Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919)

Mary Edwards Walker was the first and only woman to receive the Presidential Medal of Honor. She was the first female surgeon in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. In addition to her work in the army, she was a strong advocate for women’s rights.

Virginia Apgar (1909-1974)

Virginia Apgar graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1933. She pursued anesthesiology as a career and later became the first director of Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital’s division of anesthesia in 1938.

In 1953, she created the Apgar score, which serves today as a gold standard in determining the health of a newborn.

Apgar later pursued a master’s degree in public health from John Hopkins University. She worked as the vice president for medical affairs for the March of Dimes. There, she worked to create public attention on how to prevent birth defects. She served as a pioneer to improve the health of mothers, babies, and unborn infants for future generations.

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These inspiring women in medicine faced stereotypes and discrimination but endured through these hardships to build hospitals, win awards, lead medical schools, and improve the health of millions of people. At Townsen Memorial, we have trailblazing women among our medical staff. We are proud to support them as they work to make a difference in our society.

About Townsen Memorial 

Townsen Memorial Hospital is located in Humble, TX off of FM 1960 and Highway 59. We have 2 imaging center locations. Townsen Memorial Imaging Center-Med Center is located at 3003 S. Loop W. Suite 140 in Houston, Texas. Townsen Memorial Imaging Center-Spring is located at 3301 Spring Stuebner Rd., Suite 120 in Spring, Texas. Our innovative facilities and experienced staff mean you’ll be comfortable during treatment and that you can trust us with your medical care. If you have any questions visit our website or call 1-877-494-9487.

Medical History, women in healthcare

Black History Month: How Heart Disease And Stroke Impact African Americans

February is Black History Month. We take this time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and honor the significant role and impact they have made on American society.

This year during Black History Month, we want to discuss the health disparities that African Americans face. Heart disease and stroke are two leading causes of death of African Americans. At Townsen Memorial, we can improve the odds of preventing and beating these diseases by helping African Americans understand the risks and taking simple steps to address them. High blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes are common conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. 

High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure, also known as hypertension, is when your blood pressure, the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high. In African Americans, high blood pressure is found to be more severe and develops earlier in life. About 2 out of every 5 African American adults have high blood pressure and less than half of them have it under control. If you know your blood pressure is high, you need to check it regularly and notify a doctor at Townsen Memorial of any changes so that they can adjust your treatment. 

Obesity

African Americans are extremely affected by obesity. According to the CDC, African Americans are nearly 1.5 times as likely to have obesity as compared to other races. While it can be challenging, the main way to prevent obesity is to make lifestyle changes. At Townsen Memorial, we have a knowledgeable bariatrics team who can lead you through every step of the way to a healthier life.  

Diabetes

Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke and African Americans are more likely to develop diabetes than other races. In the United States, Black adults are 60 percent more likely than white adults to develop type 2 diabetes. Family history, obesity, and insulin resistance are all factors that contribute to the risk of diabetes in the African American community. 

What You Can Do For Your Health: 

Living a healthy lifestyle is the main factor that can help prevent heart disease and stroke. Here are some tips to maintaining a healthier lifestyle: 

  1. Eat a Healthy Diet
  2. Exercise Regularly 
  3. Stay Smoke-Free
  4. Limit Alcohol Use
  5. Know your Family History 
  6. Manage your medical conditions. Stay up to date with annual checkups with a physician. 

Trust Townsen Memorial With Your Health

Townsen Memorial you can work with a medical professional to learn your specific risk factors and the things you need to do to take care of your health. Living a healthy lifestyle and receiving regular checkups with a physician helps to prevent heart disease and stroke. Talk with a doctor to understand your risks based on your lifestyle and family history. Our innovative facilities and experienced staff mean you’ll be comfortable during each visit and that you can trust us with your medical care. We are located in Humble, TX off of FM 1960 and Highway 59. We can help you get back on your feet and do the things you love in no time. If you have any questions visit our website or call 1-877-494-9487.

Health Tips, Medical History, heart disease, strokes

What Are The Types Of Imaging Tests?

Have You Ever Wondered Why There Are Different Types Of Imaging Tests?

If your doctor has ordered a medical imaging exam for you, you might have questions about the type of scan or test you will be receiving.

There are many ways doctors use imaging to diagnose or monitor a medical condition. Different types of imaging are used for different conditions and depend on your symptoms. Imaging scans are safe and carry minimal risks, but at Townsen Memorial we want you to know what to expect so that you feel prepared and comfortable.

Types Of Imaging

An X-Ray is the most widely used medical imaging technique for bone structures since their discovery. The technique shows bone breaks, fractures, arthritis, osteoporosis, and more allowing the medical staff to determine an accurate treatment plan. X-Rays are quick and painless, usually only taking 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

A CT Scan (Computed Tomography Scan) uses computer-processed combinations of differently angled X-Ray measurements to see the inside of an organ without cutting into it. They allow the medical team to take a more specialized look at the problem area. CT scans are used to detect tumors, bone trauma, heart disease, and even internal lung problems. During a CT Scan, you lie on a table that slides into an x-ray tube. The tube rotates around to take the images. This process usually only takes 10 to 15 minutes.

MRIs use magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of organs and tissues in the body. An MRI is used to diagnose internal problems, as well as a follow-up from medical procedures without exposing the patient to the radiation of an X-ray. They are used to diagnose neurological cancers, central nervous system disorders, spinal problems, and much more. During an MRI, you lie on a table that slides into the MRI machine. This process usually takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

An Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of organs and structures within the body. An ultrasound is typically used during pregnancy but is also used to diagnose gallbladder disease, breast lumps, joint inflammation, and much more. During this process, a technician applies a gel to your skin, then glides a transducer over the area to be scanned, capturing the images inside your body. A ultrasound is completely painless and usually only lasts 30 minutes to an hour.

An Electromyography (EMG) measures muscle response or electrical activity in response to a nerve’s stimulation of the muscle. This test is used to reveal nerve dysfunction, muscle dysfunction, or even problems with nerve-to-muscle signal transmission. During this process, needles (called electrodes) are inserted through the skin into the muscle. The needle records the electrical activity in that muscle and translates these signals into graphs, sounds, or numerical values that are interpreted by a specialist.

A related procedure is the Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV). This procedure measures the speed of conduction of an electrical impulse through a nerve. An NCV can determine if a nerve is damaged and is often performed at the same time as an EMG. During this process, electrode patches are attached to the skin and the nerve is stimulated.

Contact Us

Medical imaging is a useful tool for doctors to detect and diagnose certain conditions and illnesses. At Townsen Memorial, we offer a wide variety of services, including imaging tests, operated by a skilled medical staff to provide patients with the best in imaging care. We offer imaging in various locations. Our main hospital location is located in Humble, TX off of FM 1960 and Highway 59. We also have 2 imaging center locations. Townsen Memorial Imaging Center- Med Center is located at 3003 S. Loop W. Suite 140 in Houston, Texas. Townsen Memorial Imaging Center- Spring is located at 3301 Spring Stuebner Rd., Suite 120 in Spring, Texas. If you have any questions visit our website or call 1-877-494-9487.

 

Health Tips, MRI, CT Scan, imaging center

Be Fast To Identify A Stroke And Save A Life

What Is A Stroke? 

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so the brain cells die. 

There Are 3 Types Of Strokes: 

Ischemic Stroke

Most strokes are ischemic strokes. They make up about 87% of all strokes each year in America. Ischemic strokes happen when the blood flow through the artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to the brain becomes blocked. This leads to brain damage or death of brain cells.

Transient Ischemic Stroke

A Transient Ischemic Stroke is usually called a “mini stroke.” In a transient ischemic stroke, blood flow to the brain is blocked for only a short time (usually about 5 minutes). This type of stroke serves as a warning sign of a future stroke. 

Hemorrhagic Stroke

A hemorrhagic stroke happens when an artery in the brain leaks blood or ruptures. The leaked blood puts too much pressure on brain cells, which damages them. Health conditions like high blood pressure and aneurysms can cause a hemorrhagic stroke. 

The brain is one of the most complex organs in the body that controls various body functions. If a stroke occurs and blood flow can’t reach an area of the brain that controls a certain body function, that part of the body won’t work as it should. 

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in America and the 5th leading cause of death. The biggest hurdle of strokes is recognizing the symptoms and understanding that strokes are medical emergencies. The faster a person recognizes the symptoms of a stroke and gets medical attention- the greater the chance a life can be saved. 

B.E. F.A.S.T. 

Use the letters in “B.E. F.A.S.T.” to spot early warning signs of a stroke and know when to call 9-1-1.

Balance:

Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination? Is the person leaning to the side or staggering when walking?

Eyes:

Is there sudden blurred of double vision or sudden, persistent vision trouble?

Face: 

Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile lopsided or uneven?

Arms:

Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward or feel heavy?

Speech:

Sudden difficulty in speaking or understanding. Does the person have slurred speech? Ask the person to say/repeat a simple phrase. 

Time: 

Call 9-1-1 for immediate medical attention if you notice one or more of these signs. Take note of when the symptoms began. 

Quick action is key to treatment for strokes. Be informed, vigilant, and if you think you or someone else might be having a stroke, BE FAST. 

Townsen Memorial Is Here For You

At Townsen Memorial, our emergency room provides 24/7 around the clock care with no wait times. Our innovative facilities and experienced staff mean you’ll be comfortable during your stay and that you can trust us with your medical care. We are located in Humble, TX off of FM 1960 and Highway 59. If you have any questions visit our website or call 1-877-494-9487.

Health Tips, heart disease, strokes