Archive for the 'Whole Body MRI' 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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]


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