Best Hospitals: U.S News Announces the List

Best Hospitals in U.S.

Well the numbers are in: The 2013 edition of U.S. News and World Report has published a list of the best hospitals in the country. The rankings are based on specialty and focus less on routine care and more on the extraordinary cases that require more expertise and pose more of a challenge. Just to be clear, making the list …

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Siemens Makes a Giant Leap for Alzheimer’s Sufferers

Siemens Biograph mCT scanner

Siemens made a giant leap for Alzheimer’s sufferers this year when they introduced a first-of-it’s-kind integrated system to diagnose early stage Alzheimer’s. This new process involves a newly FDA approved radiotracer that binds to beta-amyloid, a plaque found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The plaque can then be seen with the help of the Siemens Biograph mCT scanner. What …

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Controlling Your Radiation Dose: A Delicate Balance


Radiation exposure is a major concern for all imaging specialists as well as the patients and referring doctors. The November issue of Imaging Life covers the subject, shedding light on some information that most patients aren’t aware of, but would probably be glad to know. CT scans usually consist of larger doses of radiation than your average X-Ray, and with …

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Ask The Doctor

Ask the Doctor

OK so the subject of my last post still has me fired up. And in a moment of clarity, it occurred to me that while we here at MNAP take patient education very seriously, we could always do more. So in an effort to educate our patients further we are starting a segment we like to call “Ask the Doctor”. …

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Breast Tissue Density: To Tell or Not to Tell?

Breast Tissue Density

So I was reading the August issue of Radiology Today and I came across an article about breast density notification (everyone has something to say about breasts this time of year ) The issue at hand was whether breast tissue density should be part of the plain language report given to patients. For those of you that don’t know, dense …

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Embrace the Change: Communicating with Radiologists

Communicating with Radiologists

I was in a hospital waiting room recently and overheard a conversation between several doctors. It was one of those “back in the good old days” conversations, though the doctors certainly didn’t look like old-timers. Interestingly, they were expressing a sentiment that I have heard from many doctors who used to work in the “old regime” of the non digital …

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Free Mammograms in Honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

MNAP is offering free and reduced price mammograms

Well it’s that time again, the time when every billboard, commercial and pop-up reminds women to expose themselves and get their picture taken. Yes, I am talking about October, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  And this means it’s time for MNAP’s Annual FREE MAMMOGRAM Drive! Throughout the month of October, MNAP is offering free and reduced price mammograms to …

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Good News for Heavy Smokers

Good News for Heavy Smokers

Smokers beware! Another attempt at saving your lives may be on its way! This time, however, it doesn’t come in the form screaming “You’ll get cancer!!!” from every box of cigarettes. This time it might come in the form of asking “Are we there yet?” A recent issue of Health Affairs covered a study done by a group of actuaries, …

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Hospitals Charge More, Because They Can!

In this age of information, we thought it was about time for an informal conversation with our patients, referring physicians and anyone else who is interested. MNAP has always been on the cutting edge of technology and social media was the best logical choice to get some thoughts out and address some questions and concerns. We hope this will be …

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Understanding Risk of Radiation and Medical Imaging

What is Radiation? Radiation is best described as energy moving through space, and it can take many forms, including visible light, x-rays, gamma-rays, microwaves, and radio waves. Radiologists use low dose radiation in the form of x-rays to create images of different parts of your body. High doses of radiation can also be used to treat certain types of cancer. …

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