Archive for the 'Early Cancer Detection' Category

Mesothelioma: a lesser known cancer

Although most people are aware that exposure to asbestos is harmful to human health, there is not yet a great deal of awareness about mesothelioma: the cancer caused by it. Mesothelioma, a deadly cancer which  most often affects membranes found in the lungs, but is also found around the heart and other organs. Asbestos is a […]

BC Cancer Agency study hopes to detect early signs of cancer

Vancouver has become an international leader in cancer research! AIM’s Whole Body Diffusion MRI detects cancer in its earliest stages, and the BC Cancer Agency is conducting developmental research on a blood test that should be able to detect early signals of cancer. The study will look at the blood of 1000 participants aged 55-70, all […]

AIM collaborating in large Canada-wide MRI study

Over the next several months AIM will be providing imaging for a major cross-country MRI research study that seeks to illustrate patterns in heart and brain health of Canadians from coast to coast. The Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds, or CAHHM, will study the MRI results of approximately 9700 participants of varying ages, backgrounds […]

February 4 is World Cancer Day

“We can, I can,” is the slogan for World Cancer Day 2016, and prevention is on the agenda. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have teamed up together, encouraging governments around the world to implement public policies that may collectively prevent 1/3 of cancer cases.   In the Americas, […]

The Future of Healthcare has Arrived!

In partnership with the MyCare programs, MyCare MedTech Inc. (MMi) announces the introduction of its ground breaking Mobile Health (mHealth) and Virtual Health (vHealth) services, available September 2015. Services will include: Electronic Personal Medical Records (PMR) – accessible 24/7/365 from anywhere in the world Virtual Physician Consultation – online direct consultation from home, office or […]

MRI may be Superior for Imaging Pancreatic Cancer: Study

Pancreatic cancer, arguably made infamous by Steve Jobs’ battle with it, is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in Western countries. And, according to a new study that recommends MRI screening to catch it early, the incidence and mortality rates of this deadly disease are almost one and the same. The study, entitled Short-Term […]

Cancer caused by ‘Bad Luck’ according to new study

A controversial new study suggests that only about one-third of cancers are caused by what the medical community and world at large have hitherto suspected as the cause of the disease: a combination of genetic as well as environmental factors. And the remaining two-thirds? Those are caused by random mutations of DNA in noncancerous stem cells, […]

New Research finds MRI Superior to CT for Liver Cancer Diagnosis

A new study published in the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) journal Radiology has reviewed and analyzed the contrasting abilities of MRI and CT scanning of the liver for cancer. The verdict is in: MRI is superior to CT for cancer diagnosis of the liver. And a victory for MRI is, as always, a positive […]

Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014

The 2014 Canadian cancer statistics are in. The report, which is developed through collaboration with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, as well as provincial and territorial governments, examines multiple facets of cancer’s impact on Canadians, such as: incidence, type of cancers, survival rates, mortality rates and more. This […]

What is MyCare?

AIM Medical Imaging is proud to announce its partnership with Assured Diagnosis Inc., the owner and developer of the MyCare Programs in collaboration with world-renowned Mayo Clinic. AIM will be the provider of MRI services for MyCare members. What do AIM and MyCare-Mayo Clinic have in common? Healthcare philosophy, for starters: In addition to this patient-focused […]

Whole Body MRI Provides Insight on Populations

A large study presented Sunday at the European Congress of Radiology has determined that Whole Body MRI is the safest and most accurate method of detecting disease pathology in persons who show little or no symptoms. Dr. Andrzej Cieszanowski, a radiologist from the Medical University of Warsaw and one of the authors of the study, […]

Dr. Attariwala Featured on CKNW’s Talk to the Experts

AIM’s medical director, head radiologist and inventor of our whole body scan, Dr. Raj Attariwala, is a star on the radio! Dr. Raj, as his patients affectionately call him, was interviewed by Ian Power for CKNW’s Talk to the Experts this past Sunday, February 23, about why he set up AIM Medical Imaging, how AIM […]

Another Study Confirms Superiority of AIM’s Whole Body Scan for Cancer Imaging

A study published today in the Lancet Oncology Journal serves as a fitting follow up to our blog post from last week about when it is appropriate to choose MRI over PET/CT scans. The study, entitled Ionising radiation-free whole-body MRI versus F-fluorodeoxyglucose PET/CT scans for children and young adults with cancer, is essentially a reiteration of the message […]

WHO Releases Devastating World Cancer Report; Calls for Changes in Cancer Care

A new report put out by the World Health Organization presents a bleak prospect: World cancer rates are expected to rise by  more than half by 2030. These findings were published in the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)’s World Cancer Report, a collaborative effort of over 250 scientists and health specialists from […]

Potential Years of Life Lost to Cancer in BC

The official BC Cancer Statistics offer a sad insight into how many lives have been affected–and ultimately lost–to cancer in this province. The table below represents the statistics of Residual Life Expectancy, Potential Years of Life Lost and Number of Deaths for all cancer deaths reported in British Columbia in 2011. Residual Life Expectancy refers to […]

The Importance of an Onsite MRI Radiologist for Diagnostic Accuracy

Following highly publicized reports of several missed diagnoses by a radiologist in Ontario, an article published late in 2013, entitled Can Quality be Assured for Diagnostic Imaging?, addressed the hot topic. “There are no national quality assurance standards for diagnostic imaging in Canada,” the authors wrote. “Approaches to quality assurance vary based on factors like the practice […]

CEO of Canadian Cancer Society: Canada Must Focus on Economic Costs, Prevention

In an article published in the Globe and Mail last week, national president and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, Pamela Fralick, discussed the two biggest issues prevalent to treating cancer in Canada. The first issue addressed was the huge economic impact the disease has on society. Fralick writes, “In 2000, cancer cost $2.6-billion in […]

Whole Body Diffusion Imaging in the Journal of MRI – Part Two

Please see last week’s post for the first half of this blog. In addition to outlining Whole Body DWI, Attariwala and Picker outline DWI applications for the following areas of the body: neck, lung, breast, genitourinary, gynecologic applications, esophagus, stomach, bowel, pancreas and liver. The article states that DWI in routine imaging of singular body […]

Whole Body Diffusion MRI in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Part One

Last week we announced the publication of Dr. Attariwala’s and Wayne’s article in the Journal of MRI. This week, let’s take a look at their discoveries, and how they may be applied to diagnostic medicine to advance the state of the art for patients’ best interests. In the article, authors Attariwala and Picker share their […]

Congratulations Dr. Attariwala and Wayne Picker! AIM Published in Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

AIM Medical Imaging wishes to congratulate  Dr. Raj Attariwala and Wayne Picker on the publication of their invited review article Whole Body MRI: Improved Lesion Detection and Characterization With Diffusion Weighted Techniques, published August 19, 2013 in the Journal of MRI. Now, patients, radiologists and the public can access the article in order to see for themselves […]

Top Cancer-Fighting Foods

One of the simplest, most inexpensive ways to ensure you are taking preventative measures against cancer is to pay special attention to your diet. While high quantities of sugar and processed foods have been linked to cancer growth, natural whole foods containing vitamins and antioxidants have been shown to actually shrink cancerous tumours. Below are […]

Childhood Exposure to CT Scans Linked to Increased Cancer Risk

There are many reasons to love MRI; not least among them is the fact that this versatile imaging test won’t expose the body to ionizing radiation. In a world increasingly taxed with toxins and free radicals, MRI reassures patients that, should they require medical imaging to address a current health issue, the scan won’t impact […]

When Should You Consider a Private MRI in Canada?

Did you know that LA’s Wilshire Boulevard has more MRI machines than the whole of British Columbia? Yes, you read that correctly: there are more MRI machines on one street in Los Angeles than in the entire province of BC. At only 6 MRI machines per 1 million people, Canada trails far behind other developed […]

BC Launches New Colon Screening Program

In Canada, drivers approaching the age of 80 are required to re-take their driving tests. There is no opting out; the re-test is a government-mandated preventive measure to ensure an individual unfit for driving is taken off the road before they become a danger to themself or others. Statistics for how many people this re-test has saved […]

Spring Months Designated for Cancer Research in Canada, US

In North America, spring is the season that receives the most fervent welcome from a populace who has grumbled through the final winter months. It’s fitting, then, that at a national level in Canada and the United States, April and May respectively have come to symbolize support for fellow citizens fighting cancers. April is Daffodil Month in […]

Concerned Doctors Release National Maximum Wait Time Report

In 2004, a group of Canadian doctors  formed the Wait Time Alliance (WTA) out of concern about rising wait times across the country for health care services. Their initial focus was on improving wait times in five areas (cancer care, heart health, joint replacement, sight restoration and diagnostic imaging), and has since expanded to other key health […]

AIM offering MRI scans for diagnostic cancer research study

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release March 25, 2013 AIM offering MRI scans for diagnostic cancer research study [Vancouver] – As part of AIM Medical Imaging’s commitment to advancing state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging in Canada, the private MRI clinic is announcing a new phase of research into early lung and colon cancer diagnosis. Potential candidates may be […]

State-of-the-Art Molecular Imaging in Cancer Biology and Therapy

AIM Medical Imaging’s Dr. Raj Attariwala was one of only two Canadian researchers present at State-of-the-Art Molecular Imaging in Cancer Biology and Therapy–the American Association for Cancer Research/Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s joint conference in San Diego over Feb. 27 – Mar. 2, 2013. Dr. Attariwala’s presentation, co-authored by AIM’s MRI technologist Wayne […]


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