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PIC Promotes MRI Safety Week Go to PIC Promotes MRI Safety Week

During the week of July 23rd through 29th, the international MRI community will be celebrating and calling attention to MRI safety. Pacific Imaging Center is pleased to join in this effort.

MRI professionals are constantly testing, reviewing research and upgrading protocols to promote patient safety. Prior to your exam, you may be instructed not to wear makeup or hair care products, and during the screening process, at the time of scheduling and when you arrive, you will be asked whether you have any implants, piercings, or tattoos on or in your body and whether you have any foreign objects or implants in your body.

We aren’t being intrusive. We’re simply concerned about your safety.

Tattoos, piercings, BB’s, metal shrapnel, shavings, shards and a variety of other foreign objects can also be a concern because heating or pulling could result. For example, a metal shard could be subject to the magnet’s pull and may try to realign itself with the magnet. This torqueing could result in pain.

In addition, if items mentioned in the previous paragraph are located in or near the area being scanned, they can cause what we refer to as “artifact.” Even a single BB or small metal shard can create a large area of blackness on the image, making it difficult or impossible for the radiologist to assess the patient’s condition.

Some manufacturers are using microscopic metals and minerals in sportswear, screen prints, makeup, and hair care products. When exposed to a high magnet field coupled with radio frequencies, these metals and minerals have the potential to create heat that can cause discomfort for the patient, or possible artifact as discussed above.

At PacificImagingCenter, we go to great lengths to ensure your safety while also providing you and your physician with the highest quality exam.

While you may find it annoying to be asked the same questions several times, please bear with us. We are simply thinking of your safety and personal well-being while you are in our care.

Medical implants and additional MRI safety will be discussed in future articles.

Pacific Imaging Center is located at 625 9th Avenue at Pacific Imaging Center.

Jack Berry, Director of Imaging Services at Pacific Imaging Center

Posted in News | July 16th, 2012

PIC Adds Info About Specialty-Trained Radiologists Go to PIC Adds Info About Specialty-Trained Radiologists

Pacific Imaging Center has updated its website to include information about the specialty-trained radiologists that read scans for PIC patients.

Six radiologists from National Orthopedic Imaging Associates – Jay Kaiser, Damon Sacco, Eric Smith, Russell Fritz, Jana Crain, and David Stoller – are now profiled on the PIC site. View info here.

Based in Marin County, California, and founded by Dr. Jay Kaiser, NOIA is one of the foremost radiology groups in the nation. NOIA radiologists – all of whom are specially trained to deal with a particular part of the musculoskeletal system – read approximately 300 MRIs each day.

The group provides services a number of professional sports teams, including the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Denver Rockies, San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, and Oakland Athletics. NOIA also works with athletes at Santa Clara University and Colorado State University, as well as the U. S. Ski Team.

When patients are scanned at Pacific Imaging Center, the images are sent electronically to NOIA for analysis and reporting. Results are returned to the patients’ physicians in 4 to 24 hours.

For additional information, contact PIC at 360.501.3444.

Posted in News | June 15th, 2011

Berry Completes Endurance Bike Ride Go to Berry Completes Endurance Bike Ride

Jack Berry of Pacific Imaging Center completed the Growlers Gulch 5,000 on May 20th.

Jack Berry, Director of Imaging Services at Pacific Imaging Center

Jack Berry, Director of Imaging Services at Pacific Imaging Center

Staged near Castle Rock, the GG5K is an endurance mountain biking race covering 26 miles of demanding trail with 5,000 feet of elevation gain.

More than 30 racers, ranging in age from 12 to 73, participated in the event.

Berry, riding in his fourth GG5K, finished in 4 hours and 40 minutes.

Berry said the trails were in excellent shape. “I think everybody had a great time,” he said.

John Kowalski of Longview Physical & Sports Therapy also participated and completed the ride in 4 hours and 50 minutes.

Posted in News | May 26th, 2011

Pacific Imaging Center Earns ACR Accreditation Go to Pacific Imaging Center Earns ACR Accreditation

Pacific Imaging Center recently received accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Jack Berry, RT, of Pacific Imaging Center

Jack Berry, RT, of Pacific Imaging Center

“Every three years we go through a rigorous application process that includes submitting staff qualifications and licenses,” said Jack Berry, Director of Imaging Services at PIC. “But the key element is that we must submit images from our scanner that meet or exceed ACR standards.”

Areas of focus include image resolution, proper positioning of patients, facility safety and cleanliness, ongoing staff training, and adherence to policies and procedures established by the ACR and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

“Our goal is to provide the best possible outcome for patients,” Berry said. “We’re always working to ensure that both our image quality and the entire patient experience are at the highest level.”

As part of the accreditation process, board-certified physicist Urick Szumowski, Ph. D., of Health Physics Northwest visited PIC to conduct an assessment to guarantee that the facility’s scanner is functioning at or above specifications.

Szumowski’s findings were reviewed by an ACR physicist, after which an ACR radiologist reviewed PIC’s application and conducted an evaluation of image quality.

“More and more insurances and L & I (Labor and Industries) providers are requiring imaging centers to be certified by one of the national accreditation bodies,” Berry said.

Pacific Imaging Center is located at 625 9th Avenue in Longview at Pacific Surgical Institute. Call 360.501.3444 for more information.

Posted in News | April 18th, 2011

Jack Berry Participates in 60 @ Sixty Ride Go to Jack Berry Participates in 60 @ Sixty Ride

Jack Berry, Director of Imaging Services at Pacific Imaging Center, was part of a large support crew that helped Castle Rock’s Jim LeMonds attain his dream of riding 60 miles of trail to celebrate his 60th birthday. The event took place on July 23rd.

The ride included 15.5 miles on the Ape Canyon trail on the east side of Mount St. Helens, 8.8 on the Blue Lake trail on the west side, 22.2 on the Lewis River trail, and 17.1 on the Falls Creek trail near Old Man Pass. Final totals included 63.6 miles with 7,000 feet of climbing.

The ride crew was on the first trail at 4:55 a.m. and completed the last trail at 6:37 p.m. Berry rode the Blue Lake and Lewis River legs and assisted with driving and general support duties.

LeMonds raised more than $10,000 dollars for three charities: Friends of the Castle Rock Library, Girls on the Run of Southwest Washington, and CurePC.org.

“It was a great day,” Berry said. “It was a pleasure to be involved.”

The five-minute video below contains 60 photos and 20 clips from the ride.

“The movie contains some spectacular footage and gives a good picture of how challenging the ride was,” Berry said.

Posted in News | August 7th, 2010

Berry, Soltero Complete Cour d’ Alene Ironman Go to Berry, Soltero Complete Cour d’ Alene Ironman

Two women with PSI connnections completed the Cour d’ Alene Ironman in Cour d’ Alene, Idaho, on June 26th. The event required participants to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run a complete marathon, 26.2 miles.

More than 2,000 participants hit the water for the 2.4 mile swim

More than 2,000 participants hit the water for the 2.4 mile swim

Despite having to overcome a leg injury, Becky Berry, wife of PIC Director of Imaging Services Jack Berry, had an outstanding day.

She completed the swimming in 1:15:08, the biking in 6:50:45, and the running in 5:08 for a total time of 13:27:56. She finished 25th among 82 women in her classification and had the 14th fastest swim. This was her second Ironman.

Beth Soltero, who previously worked at Longview Physical & Sports Therapy as a certified athletic trainer, completed her first Ironman. Soltero finished the swimming in 1:23:34, the biking in 8:14:08, and the running in 6:56:28 for a total time of 16:47:02.

“It’s been a dream of mine for many years to do an Ironman,” Soltero said. “The feeling is indescribable.”

Beth Soltero on the final leg

Beth Soltero on the final leg

Becky Berry completed her second Ironman

Becky Berry completed her second Ironman

Posted in News | July 7th, 2010

Berry Attends Imaging Conference Go to Berry Attends Imaging Conference

Jack Berry - RT (ARRT) (MR) (CT) (R)

Jack Berry, Director of Imaging Services at Pacific Imaging Center, attended the annual conference of the Magnetic Resonance Managers Society in San Antonio, Texas, from April 24-28.

“This was an excellent learning opportunity, with great exchanges of ideas and solutions to common problems that all managers face in today’s medical climate,” Berry said.

 

The conference focused heavily on establishing protocols for ensuring patient safety, with Dr. Frank Shellock and keynote speaker Spencer Byrum discussing infection control and the handling of patients with stents, filters, vessel clips, pacemakers, and orthopedic devices.

Ramifications of the recently-passed health care legislation, as related to MRI facilities, were also addressed. Berry said that there are currently many overlapping rules and that the new legislation may establish standards that will streamline the coding and reimbursement processes.

The conference also provided Berry with a means for comparing Pacific Imaging Center with other MRI facilities.

“I came away with the realization that PIC is ahead of the curve when it comes to patient safety, communication with patients and physicians, and the consistent delivery of high-quality images and reports to our local physicians,” Berry said.

 

Posted in News | May 25th, 2010

PIC Represented at WSCA Conference Go to PIC Represented at WSCA Conference

Jack Berry, RT, of Pacific Imaging Center attended the Washington State Chiropractic Association’s 2010 Spring Conference at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington, on April 16-18.

Berry (right) with PIC office assistant Nancy Stone and Longview chiropractor Dr. Clay Bartness

Berry (right) with PIC office assistant Nancy Stone and Longview chiropractor Dr. Clay Bartness

Berry, Director of Imaging Services at PIC, provided chiropractors with information about axial-loaded MRIs of the lumbar spine.

“They were very interested in viewing the images,” Berry said. “They could clearly see the stark difference and degree of disease between a non-loaded image and an axial-loaded image. They were especially pleased to learn that PIC does not bill extra for axial-loaded images.”

Pacific Imaging Center uses a device called the DynaWell L-Spine to simulate the axial compression on a patient’s spine when standing. Problems that would ordinarily remain undetected with standard MRIs are more likely to be detected with the use of this unit.

“We stressed that we are providing chiropractors with another tool to keep their patients from having needless surgeries or expensive visits to specialists,” Berry said. “At the same time, we made it clear that an axial-loaded MRI may reveal problems that require a referral to a neurosurgeon.”

Dr. Clay Barness of Longview Chiropractic was one of several area chiropractors who attended the conference. “I was impressed with the contrast between a regular MRI and an axial-loaded MRI,” Bartness said. “You could see that what was missed on the first MRI was picked up when the MRI was done with axial loading. I can see certainly see where this would be very helpful to us as chiropractors in dealing with disc conditions.”

Compare standard and axial loaded images.

View discussion of axial loaded MRIs, featuring Dr. Jay Kaiser.

Visit Longview Chiropractic.

Posted in News | April 29th, 2010

Axial-Loaded Images Go to Axial-Loaded Images

Posted in News | April 9th, 2010

Blackstone Touts PIC-NOIA Connection Go to Blackstone Touts PIC-NOIA Connection

Bruce Blackstone, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates (LOA) was among 500 surgeons who attended the fall meeting of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) in Palm Desert, California, in mid-November.

Blackstone attended sessions on knee, hip, wrist, and elbow arthroscopy, but focused primarily on topics related to shoulder arthroscopy, including rotator cuff injuries and repair and the evaluation and treatment of shoulder instability problems.

“It was a fantastic venue for learning about recent developments involving the bio-mechanics and biology of repairs,” Blackstone said. “This information will translate directly into improved surgical techniques and better results for patients in our area.”

Blackstone also attended a presentation on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the knee and shoulder by Dr. Russ Fritz of National Orthopedic Imaging Associates (NOIA), a nationally-known radiology group located in Marin County, California.

“All of our patients at LOA who are scanned at Pacific Imaging Center have their MRIs interpreted by the radiologists at NOIA,” Blackstone said. “It’s a huge bonus for patients and surgeons because these radiologists are specialists who have been trained in musculoskeletal MRI. The session reminded me that good imaging and good interpretations translate into good results for patients.”

A Longview native, Blackstone attended R. A. Long High School, Stanford University, the University of Washington, and the University of Utah, before returning to his hometown in 1983 to found Longview Orthopedic Associates. The practice now includes six board-certified orthopedic surgeons.

Articles and a video narrated by Dr. Blackstone can be accessed at the links below:

Posted in News | November 24th, 2009
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