X-rays and osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that can slowly creep up on us. Susan Schwartz of the Montreal Gazette recently wrote about her diagnosis of osteoarthritis in both knees. She wrote about the notion of taking so many things for granted, things as simple as walking without pain. The newfound and consistent discomfort made her appreciate days when the pain subsided and when she could walk around unencumbered.

Her pain started with what could be described as mild discomfort. As most of us tend to do, she waited for that discomfort to subside. This time, however, the pain did not subside and instead became increasingly more prominent. She visited her doctor and her x-rays indicated that osteoarthritis was starting to set in. Although her diagnosis was discouraging, she began immediately to schedule follow-up appointments to proactively take charge of her health. She is preparing for life with this disease and although she is concerned as to what her future will look like, she isn’t letting that worry impede her from taking the steps that she needs to help her deal with the diagnosis. (source: http://montrealgazette.com/life/sidelined-by-knee-pain-from-life-as-i-know-it)

Like her, many of our patients come in when something just isn’t fixing itself. Our team coordinates with their treating doctors to best take advantage of the many diagnostic tools available here. Together we take a proactive approach to the diagnosis and if necessary, its treatment.

X-rays are fully covered by the RAMQ and we facilitate all the administration on your behalf. For more information, or if your physician has referred you for an x-ray, please call us at 514-485-5115 and we will gladly answer any questions or work with you to find the most convenient time in your day to schedule an appointment. We are open Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM and  7:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

X-rays permit a speedy recovery

We tend to associate the use of x-rays most commonly with the identification of broken bones and similar issues. The fact that there is a multitude of medical uses for x-ray technology has led to some interesting, shocking and very important discoveries when it came to the diagnosis and treatment of people’s ailments.

Recently, a Toronto family was relieved when their two year old daughter’s lethargic behaviour and general discomfort was attributed to a swallowed lithium battery. Once the root of her discomfort was identified, the battery was quickly removed and Katie Smith enjoyed a speedy recovery.

Her parents felt that something was wrong – beyond the common flu that doctors initially suspected. In spite of the preliminary diagnosis, they sought out a referral for x-ray testing. It was their persistence and the doctor’s choice to explore further with x-ray imaging that led to Katie’s speedy recovery (http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/x-rays-show-lithium-battery-swallowed-by-toronto-area-toddler-1.2779561) .

Here at the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex, we are used similarly as a resource by doctors in Montreal. Doctors refer their patients to us for their x-rays and we then send the results back to the treating doctors via email. This process is seamless and quick, ensuring that urgent cases such as Katie’s receive immediate attention. This referring relationship allows us to take some of the burden off of the hospitals and give doctors the immediate and accurate results that our team of leading radiologists and technicians can provide.

X-rays are fully covered by the RAMQ and we facilitate all the administration on your behalf. For more information please call 514-485-5013, or if your physician has referred you for an x-ray, you can make an appointment by calling us at 514-485-5115 and we will gladly answer any questions or work with you to find the most convenient time in your day to schedule an appointment. We are open Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM 7:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

How many years for mammos?

The utility and necessity of mammography has never come into question for women starting in and around the age of 50. Women have become quite accustomed to mammograms becoming a regular part of their lives starting anywhere between the ages of 40 and 50. The question that is now being asked: how long do mammograms need to remain as a part of women’s lives?

As life expectancy continues to increase, the medical community is beginning to ask the question – when do we stop recommending regular mammograms, if ever. There has been quite a bit of discourse and research in the area and no consensus seems to have been reached as of yet. One approach that has gained traction with the cancer society is a simple guideline: “Women should continue mammograms as long as their overall health is good and they have a life expectancy of at least 10 more years.” (http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/when+stop+mammograms+tricky+issue+ages/11657785/story.html)

The question as to why there would ever be an endpoint is related to the benefits and drawbacks of searching for a diagnosis that can entail a rigorous treatment that may require a certain level of general health in the first place. The benefits of continued screening needs to be weighed against the drawbacks associated with “false alarms, unneeded biopsies and detection of a tumour so small or slow-growing that it never would have posed a threat.” (http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/when+stop+mammograms+tricky+issue+ages/11657785/story.html)

Although no clear answer to this question has emerged, it is important that the issue continue to be explored so that clearer parameters can be agreed upon for a greying population.

Generally, mammograms should be performed every two years for the best chances of breast cancer detection. Although most commonly associated with breast cancer detection, mammograms can detect other deformities or problems within the breast. Ultrasounds are used after mammograms to delve further into the findings of the initial examination and to determine the type of procedure required for the abnormality.

At the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex the cost of a mammogram is covered by the RAMQ. For more information or to make an appointment please call us at 514-485-5115 and we will gladly answer any questions or work with you to find the most convenient time in your day to schedule an appointment. We are open Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM 7:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

 

About X-rays

Patients that come to our Complex appreciate the convenience and immediate availability of our x-ray services. A common reality for many people in Montreal is wait times for less urgent x-rays. The Queen Elizabeth Health Complex prides itself on alleviating some of the pressure on the neighbouring hospitals; effectively allowing them to focus their attention on urgent care.

Although the demand for digital imaging services is indeed high within Montreal, the situation can be worse. People in Mistissini, Quebec had to travel 90 kilometers to the closest facility in Chibougamou until this summer. Residents rejoiced at receiving their own medical images department in June. The process has become much more efficient for health practitioners and patients alike. The x-rays are taken locally in Mistissini and digitally sent to doctors in neighbouring Amos, Val d’Or or Rouyn-Noranda for diagnosis. The process has become infinitely more efficient! (source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/mistissini-que-gets-its-own-medical-imaging-department-1.3166602)

Here at the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex, we are used similarly as a resource by doctors here in Montreal. Doctors refer their patients to us for their x-rays and we then send the results back to the treating doctors digitally. Much like the case in Mistissini, the process is seamless and quick. This referring relationship allows us to take some of the burden off of the hospitals and give doctors the immediate and accurate results that our team of leading radiologists and technicians can provide.

X-rays are fully covered by the RAMQ and we facilitate all the administration on your behalf. For more information, or if your physician has referred you for an x-ray, please call us at 514-485-5115 and we will gladly answer any questions or work with you to find the most convenient time in your day to schedule an appointment. We are open Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM and  7:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Under the Tuscan Sun 2016

This year there is a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding the 13th edition of the Queen Elizabeth Heath Complex (QEHC) annual fundraiser Under the Tuscan Sun.  The QEHC is celebrating a milestone: its 20th anniversary AND our close and dear friend is being honored: Anthony Fargnoli. Over the last 20 years Tony has been a fixture at the QEHC Foundation. The 2016 UTTS event honours his steadfast selfless dedication and devotion to bringing primary health care services to our community.

 

Honorary co-chairs  Keith “Skip” Eaman and Barry MacDonald invite you to the  2016 Under the Tuscan Sun  event which will take place on Thursday May 5th, 2016 at the Wave from 6 – 9 pm.  The evening’s Emcee is our very own Suzanne Desautels! Guests will be wined and dined with the red wine sponsored by Gino Berretta & Domenico D’Alesio and an Italian menu prepared by FUSION caterer and dance the night away with The Cadillacs. Our goal is to raise $200,000 through ticket sales, silent auction, and the generous support of our sponsors

 

Tickets can be purchased HERE