Wednesday, April 29, 2015

4 Medical Tests That Can Change Your Life

 4 Medical Tests That Can Change Your Life

A recent article on featured on discussed four preventative medical exams that could save your life. Often, many illnesses are found once symptoms present themselves which can be too late. These exams can help in preventing diseases or catch them in their early stages when they are more treatable.

In the four exams discussed in the article, Dr. David Sandmire, Professor of Biology at the University of New England and co-author of Medical Tests That Can Save Your Life (Rodale Books, 2004), lists bone density and coronary artery disease screening, two exams available with Atlantic Medical Imaging. To learn more about these exams offered click the titles below.

Consider these four tests to detect the early stages of disease:
  •  DEXA scan for bone density to test of osteoporosis.
    •  An estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, a condition caused by decreased mineralization of the bone. Another 18 million are estimated to have low bone mass, or pre-osteoporosis.
    • By the time you notice symptoms such as back pain, stooped posture or an easily fractured bones occur, you may already have full-blown osteoporosis. If early osteoporosis is detected, key lifestyle changes can slow down the progression of this disease.
  • Genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer.
    • The BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes produce proteins that help repair DNA. Mutations in these genes have been found to increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
    • Since family history is one of the major risk factors for breast and ovarian cancer, Sandmire says a genetic test for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations is highly recommended for someone with a family history of these diseases.
  • Screening for coronary artery disease- Coronary CTA 
    • Coronary artery disease is the biggest killer in the United States.
    • Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and a sedentary lifestyle. If an individual has several of these risk factors, a screening test could literally save their life.
  • Blood glucose test for type 2 diabetes.
    • Although type 2 diabetes has a strong genetic component, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are controllable risk factors that make this disease ripe for a screening test.
    • By requesting a blood glucose test, you can start making changes to your lifestyle such as exercising, losing weight if overweight and eating a nutritious diet before a pre-diabetic condition becomes full-blown type 2 diabetes.

To read the full article click HERE, and for more information on exams offered at Atlantic Medical Imaging please visit

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMI Spotlight: Cape May Court House Front Desk Staff

The AMI Spotlight is featuring the front desk staff at the Cape May Court House Office. Being greeted with a friendly smile is vitally important.  We want to ensure that our patients have the best possible experience, from the time they walk through our doors until they leave the office after their exam.  

Meet Rosie and Kathleen, two of the front desk receptionists at the Cape May Court House office.  They often work together and enjoy seeing the returning patients and meeting the new patients. 

When they are not at work, both women are busy raising their children. Rosie, who has been with Atlantic Medical Imaging for over ten years, has four children. Kathleen has three children. During the week, they are usually running the kids to and from sports practice but on the weekends you can find them cheering them on at the games. 

The next time you are in the Cape May Court House office, be sure to say hello to Rose and Kathleen!

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMI Spotlight: Meet Stephen O'Boyle RT, R, (MR)

The AMI Spotlight is on Steve O'Boyle, RT, R, (MR), an MRI technologist at the Cape May Court House office. Steve is a graduate of the Atlantic City Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology and has more than 20 years of experience.  He has been working with Atlantic Medical Imaging for the past 15 years.  Although Steve primarily works in the Cape May Court House office, you may see him in one of the other AMI offices.

Steve is the Quality Assurance technologist for the MRI department and is responsible for ensuring that we adhere to the American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation requirements for all MRI machines. 

Knowing that some patients may have fears about having an MRI, Steve explains the exam to them and ensures that they feel relaxed and comfortable. He enjoys meeting the patients and helping them through their appointment.

When asked what he enjoys most about being an MRI technologist, Steve said, "The most rewarding part of my day is completing a quality exam to ensure the patient will get the help they need to get better.  Every day there is a different challenge but I wouldn't change it for anything. I am fortunate that AMI is a company that keeps up with the latest technology.  I am always learning new procedures and improving the way I care for patients."

When he isn't working, Steve enjoys music and raising his three teenage girls in the Upper Township section of Cape May County. 

Continue to check back to see who will be in the next AMI Spotlight!