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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 […]

Dr. Attariwala Featured Speaker at Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences Conference

AIM’s medical director Dr. Raj Attariwala will be a featured speaker at this weekend’s Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) RCCSS (C) conference at the Four Seasons hotel in Vancouver. The RCCSS(C) is a national specialty College comprised of doctors who have been working with Canada’s elite athletes for over 20 years. The topic […]

Low Vitamin D Levels Affect Stroke Risk: MRI Study

Vitamin D is a dual nutrient: it is both a vitamin and a hormone the human body can create from sun exposure. It is also vital for bone health and immunity and–according to new research–brain health. (Vancouverites especially should pay attention to these findings, considering the past few weeks’ rainfall!) The findings of the study […]

New Research Finds MRI Ideal for Studying Hand Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is so common (affecting 1 in 10 Canadians according to the Arthritis Society) that it has led many people to dismiss it as an inevitable part of the aging process. However, while the disease, which causes the cartilage of the joints to wear down, is not curable, it is possible to keep its severity […]

Will MRI Expose You to Radiation?

The word “radiation” is often preceded by its unsavory reputation. Known to many people as a leading cause of cancer, radiation is frequently feared and avoided. But the truth is that radiation is all around us, every day: both man-made and naturally occurring, both harmful and harmless. It is impossible to avoid radiation entirely, as […]

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 […]

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 […]

When Should You Choose MRI Over CT, PET or Ultrasound?

One of our patients recently asked Dr. Attariwala some great questions: When is MRI most suitable for diagnostic imaging? What tissues/areas of the body are best imaged with MRI? How does MRI compare with other imaging modalities such as CT, FDG PET and Ultrasound? MRI and Ultrasound are, wherever possible, preferable to CT and PET […]

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 […]

MRI Autopsy Introduced in Canada

As the National Post announced in an October 30 article, “Ontario recently became the first jurisdiction in Canada to begin using imaging machines designed to diagnose the living as a tool to uncover the medical secrets of the dead.” Morbid though it may sound, there are indeed benefits to using medical imaging methods such as […]

AIM MRI Patient Publishes Op-Ed in Vancouver Sun

On October 8, the Vancouver Sun published an article reporting that a UBC-led study had cast doubt on an unproven medical theory called Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency, or CCSVI, which claims that constricted veins in the neck are the cause of Multiple Sclerosis. The article, like the study and theory that preceded it, is controversial: there is […]

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 […]

Junk Food Cravings Linked to Sleep Deprivation: MRI Study

Getting an adequate night’s rest of eight hours is a no-brainer for dieters. Studies have long shown that insufficient sleep spikes levels of stress hormone cortisol, and when the body is stressed, it holds on to excess weight. Now, new MRI research has shown that sleep deprivation affects an individual’s ability to maintain a healthy […]

AIM Offers MRI Arthrograms

AIM Medical Imaging offers MRI arthrograms of the hip and shoulders–but what do these procedures entail? Arthrograms are used especially for imaging joints, and are often indicated after a patient suffers a traumatic injury such as an auto accident. While an arthrogram may also be performed through X-Ray or CT, MRI is ideal because it […]

App Developed to Help Patients Track Medical Imaging Records

How many times have you been X-rayed? Not sure? You’re not alone. If you grew up in Canada it is likely that you were X-rayed as a child or young teen at your dentist’s office. Then again: if you needed braces, suspected a cavity, or needed your wisdom teeth taken out. If you moved cities, […]

MRI Effective and Radiation-Free Alternative to Dental X-Rays, Study Finds

New research has shown that childhood exposure to CT scans is linked to an increased cancer risk. And a study published last year linked brain tumours to frequent dental X-Rays. Still, the Canadian Dental Association maintains that X-Rays are an integral component of best dental practices, provided they are used sparingly and only in appropriate […]

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 […]

3T MRI not Superior to 1.5T

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, uses the power of a magnetic field to image the soft tissues of the body without any radiation. The magnet’s strength is measured in Teslas. The state-of-the-art Open Bore MRI at AIM features a 1.5 Tesla (or 1.5T) magnet, which is currently the gold standard worldwide. There are various strengths […]

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 […]

Common Misconceptions about Lung, Colon Cancer

AIM’s Dr. Attariwala is currently in the middle of a study using whole body diffusion MRI scanning to research early diagnosis of lung and colon cancers. Both cancers have been subject to stereotyping; lung cancer patients are often assumed smokers, while many people believe that older males make up the majority of colon cancer patients. […]

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 […]

Why Should You Get a Full Body Scan?

One of the most common questions our patients ask is “What is the difference between a full body scan and a scan of just one part of the body?” The main difference is that scans of a singular body area usually indicate a perceived health issue that the patient and his/her physician are often already aware […]

MRI Scans in BC not Over-prescribed

A report published last December by the Fraser Institute showed that residents of BC faced the second longest wait times in the country for MRI scans in 2012. These numbers left many people–patients and healthcare professionals alike–confused and disappointed with the province’s public health system. Were doctors prescribing unnecessary scans, slowing down an already inflated […]


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