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Neuroimaging for Headache Sufferers in New York: MRI Brain NYC

POSTED ON TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013 AT 10:22 AM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

If you suffer from headaches, you may find that the summer months in New York City have you reaching for an icepack more often than usual. With temperatures rising, certain ailments seem to intensify. It is estimated that there are 300 million headache sufferers around the world. Headaches come in many forms and from many different triggers depending on the individual. The increasing temperatures can bring about the throbbing, mind numbing, jaw clenching pain for many.

The following are summer triggers that sufferers should be mindful of in order to minimize the effects of the summer season on your headache episodes this year:

  • Level of Hydration- Dehydration from spending too much time in the heat without sufficient fluid intake can bring the onset of headaches in susceptible people. It is always essential to be mindful of your fluid intake, especially if you fall victim to the debilitating effects of warm weather migraines.
  • Weather- Bright sunlight can be a common trigger of migraines. Be sure to wear sunglasses or other eye protection when you must spend extended periods of time in the bright rays, if sunlight is a trigger for you. In addition, changes in weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, humidity and wind may be triggers. Research suggests that even air pollutants or seasonal allergies can trigger headaches.
  • Lack of Sleep- The daylight hours are longer during the summer and this can unintentionally throw off our sleep patterns. Not getting a good night’s rest is a headache trigger for some sufferers. One way some people find relief from migraines is by sticking to a routine. Changes in your daily schedule, including sleep patterns, caffeine consumption, even summer vacations can bring about headache pain for some sufferers.

“Before treating headaches many patients will have an MRI of the brain to exclude a brain mass or other underlying cause of their headache.” -Dr. Daniel J. Masri, Neuroradiologist, Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C.A new study suggests that migraines may stem from an abnormality in the brain which can be discovered through the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that is either present from birth or develops over time. You can read the full article here.

At Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. we offer headache sufferers piece of mind through the use of the latest technological advancements in the field of radiology coupled with our team of experts, including Dr. Paul B. Rolen and Dr. Daniel J. Masri, two highly specialized radiologists that both hold Certificates of Added Qualification in neuroradiology. A neuroradiologist is a highly specialized medical doctor that has additional training in neuoradiology, a sub-specialty of radiology focusing on the diagnosis and characterization of abnormalities of the central and peripheral nervous system, spine, and head and neck using neuroimaging techniques.

The highest quality equipment is used in our Upper East Side, NYC private radiology facility to rule out other possible causes of your migraine symptoms. Some procedures your physician may recommend include:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - Park Avenue Radiologists is proud to offer patients the comfort and quality of an Open 1.5 Tesla MRI in NYC. It provides the maximum openness and patient comfort without compromising clinical results. MRI technology produces extremely detailed images of body tissue, organs and bones without the need for radiation. Electromagnetic energy is released when exposing a patient to radio waves in a strong magnetic field which is then measured and analyzed by a computer producing two and three dimensional images.
  • Computed Tomography Scan (CT or CAT scan) - A CT scan is an x-ray that produces computer images of a particular body part and helps diagnose conditions a regular X-Ray cannot or previously required exploratory surgery.

Some migraines may require urgent medical attention including hospitalization for observation or even surgery. Treatment is individualized depending on the frequency and severity of symptoms. Migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches are just a few of the types of painful headaches that can have a significant impact on your daily life.

If your headaches are disabling or you are unable to get adequate relief from home treatments, see your physician to determine if you require medical imaging at Park Avenue Radiologists.

To schedule your radiology exam today, call 212-888-1000 or schedule online.

 

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MRI Cartilage Imaging New York: Knee Pain & Osteoarthritis

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013 AT 4:47 PM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

As the season sprouts color and warmer weather, more people will head outdoors. For some however, going for a refreshing walk after a long winter indoors can prove challenging as a result of knee pain associated with a condition known as osteoarthritis. One of the most common joint disorders, osteoarthritis of the knee can occur in patients of all ages and is best detected with MRI in New York. Causing the cartilage between the joints to wear away, osteoarthritis of the knee occurs as a result of:

  • Injury or trauma
  • Infection
  • Heredity
  • Playing sports
  • Obesity

As cartilage wears away, the bones and joints rub closely together, leading to pain, swelling, stiffness, and inflammation. Cartilage contains no blood vessels. Consequently, cartilage has a hard time recovering after injury or trauma.  In order for doctor to diagnose you properly for osteoarthritis, he may recommend MRI of the knee cartilage in NYC.

At Park Avenue Radiologists, we offer the latest advancement in medical diagnostic imaging, including MRI Cartilage Imaging. This advanced MRI of the cartilage allows doctors to assess the microstructure of cartilage for easier and early diagnosis or osteoarthritis.

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • PainStiffness, especially in the morning
  • Crackling joints
  • Joint swelling
  • Tenderness of the joint

Once osteoarthritis of the knee strikes, patients may need to undergo various treatment options, including; medications, physical therapy, and even lifestyle changes, such as weight loss or applying compresses and wearing knee braces.

Don’t be stuck indoors because of knee pain. Ask your doctor about the possibility of osteoarthritis of the knee and how an MRI can help you. Our doctors, technicians, and staff at Park Avenue Radiologists welcome any questions you may have about MRI Cartilage Imaging in New York. Contact our office at 212.888.1000, or request an appointment online today.

 

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Who is Diagnosing and Monitoring your Arthritis?

POSTED ON MONDAY, MAY 06, 2013 AT 12:00 PM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

The warm weather in New York City has arrived and it finally appears to be here to stay. For many New Yorkers, the springtime creates enticement to spend more time enjoying the outdoors walking, biking, and jogging. However, if you are one of the approximately 4.7 million adults living with arthritis in New York State, you may choose to avoid adding any additional activity to your daily routine than necessary.

At Park Avenue Radiologists, we understand that arthritis can have a major impact on your quality of life.

Arthritis is not an inevitable part of growing older. There are treatment options to ease the debilitating effects and prevent arthritis. Arthritis can sometimes be avoided by maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a nutritious diet, and practicing moderate exercise. Physical activity and weight management may also help manage the pain and stiffness caused by many forms of arthritis.

 

How do you know if your stiffness or joint pain is a form of arthritis?

 

 

For those living with arthritis, proper diagnosis by a health care professional is a key component of effective treatment. Arthritis is a disease of the joints, characterized by inflammation of the affected areas. A musculoskeletal radiologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating muscle and joint problems. Doctors in this specialty are experts in how your bones, muscles, and ligaments work together.

The musculoskeletal system is the network of muscles and bones within the body. Injuries, conditions like arthritis, and other growth and degeneration problems can cause pain and disorders that cannot always be immediately identified by examining the body on the surface. It is a musculoskeletal radiologist’s job to conduct medical imaging of the problem areas to figure out what, precisely, is going on underneath the surface.

At Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. all of our radiologists are Board Certified and stay abreast of new developments in technology and medical research. For our patients that have or may be developing arthritis, Dr. Amy Liebeskind and Dr. Carolyn Boltin are two members of our team of radiologists who specialize in musculoskeletal radiology. Dr. Liebeskind and Dr. Boltin work to carefully interpret the images captured at our physician owned and operated private facility on Park Avenue, and report their findings to your physician ordering the diagnostic examination.

Diagnosing problems through the use of medical imaging technology requires extensive training and experience. Muscle degeneration and bone misalignments are frequently subtle, and the skill needed to pinpoint them takes years of precise education. This is why at Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. we understand that you should know the experts diagnosing your arthritis.

Dr. Amy Liebeskind

Dr. Amy Liebeskind graduated magna cum laude from the University of California and went on to receive an MA in art history from Columbia University, New York. She received her MD from Yale University School of Medicine.

Following medical school, Dr. Liebeskind completed her internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania followed by a Radiology Residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, where she was Chief Resident, and a Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Liebeskind held the position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology at Columbia University Medical Center, NY from 2006-2007. She then went on to hold the position of Attending Radiologist at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY where she focused on Musculoskeletal and Body Imaging, and at Franklin and Seidelmann Subspecialty Radiology where she focused on Musculoskeletal MRI.

Dr. Liebeskind is Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology and is also a member of the American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America, Americares-Global Medical Advisors Board and the New York Roentgen Society. She has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and presented papers at national radiology meetings.

Dr. Carolyn Mira Boltin

Dr. Carolyn Mira Boltin graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Brown University with an honors degree in English and American Literature. She earned her M. D. at the Brown University School of Medicine in May of 2000, receiving a citation for academic excellence and the Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award given by the American Medical Women's Association for women ranked as outstanding graduates.  While in medical school, Dr. Boltin participated in a clinical research internship at New York University's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. She completed a radiology residency in June of 2005 at the Cornell Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital and went on to specialize in musculoskeletal radiology with a fellowship degree from the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

After completing her training, she served as an attending at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital reading both general and musculoskeletal radiology and performing arthrograms and anesthetic spinal injections. She returned to New York in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Radiology at New York University Medical Center with clinical responsibilities in both the Musculoskeletal and Emergency Departments.

There is help for those who suffer from the restrictions that can come with the disabling impact of arthritis. Our team of experts is available to answer any questions that you may have regarding your imaging examination. At Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C., we recognize that many times our patients come to us in pain, at times chronic or severe, and our staff is readily available to assist you. The goal of our team of experienced employees is to provide our patients with incomparable imaging services. To schedule your diagnostic examination with us today, schedule online, email scheduling@parkavenueradiologists.com, or call us: 212-888-1000.

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Pelvic MRI in NYC for Pelvic Pain

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013 AT 6:53 PM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

 

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month! While IBS causes symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal cramping, these same symptoms are shared with a condition known as endometriosis. For this reason, if you experience chronic pelvic pain or symptoms of IBS, your doctor should confirm your symptoms with an MRI in NYC.

Endometriosis results from endometrial tissue settling outside of the uterus. While the exact cause of endometriosis is unknown, many doctors believe it occurs when there is an irregularity in a women’s menstrual flow or as a result of surgery. Endometrial tissue lines the walls of the uterus. Between a woman’s menstrual cycles, this tissue thickens until it is shed during menstruation. If endometrial tissue migrates through the fallopian tubes and into the pelvis, there is great concern endometriosis has formed or will form.

Women who have undergone a cesarean section are at an increased risk of developing endometriosis. C-sections carry the risk of women developing endometriosis. This is because during the C-section, endometrial tissue may become dislodged from the endometrium and then transplanted outside of the uterus and into the pelvis. Endometrial tissue from a C-section may also grow in or around the abdominal incision created during the C-section. This can end up being painful when the endometrial tissue bleeds during menstruation.

While the primary sign of endometriosis is pelvic pain, many women experience menstrual cramping so severe they are unable to leave bed. Endometriosis is one of the most frequently misdiagnosed conditions. Other common symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Pain before and during periods
  • Painful urination during periods
  • Fatigue
  • Pain with sex
  • Painful bowel movements during periods
  • Diarrhea, constipation, and nausea

If you experience these symptoms, you doctor should recommend a pelvic MRI in NYC. This non-invasive medical imaging, pelvic MRI eliminates the risks of the traditional Laparoscopy. Laparoscopy, performed by a gynecologist, involves making small incisions in the pelvis before filling the abdomen and pelvis with gas or air. A Laparoscope would then be inserted through the trocar, allowing doctors to see inside the pelvis. With MRI of the pelvis however, doctors can clearly see any unusual signs of the pelvic and abdominal regions.

As medical imaging continues to advance, be sure that you understand your options when it comes to diagnosing unusual symptoms of your body. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we share a deep compassion in helping our patients understand and diagnose any unusual symptoms of the pelvis, including endometriosis. Our doctors, technicians, and staff welcome any questions you may have about the MRI of the pelvis in NYC. Contact us at 212.888.1000 or request an appointment online today!

 

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Understanding Radiology’s Role in Cancer Control in NYC

POSTED ON MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013 AT 3:52 PM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

April is National Cancer Control Month. If cancer has impacted your life, you know the seriousness of this disease. Though cancer is a reality that no one is ever truly prepared to face, it is a battle that can be fought and that can be won with the proper care, support, and perseverance. As of January 2012, it is estimated that there are 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States. Approximately 15% of the estimated cancer survivors were diagnosed 20 or more years ago. This month we are reminded of the progress we have made thus far as a country in lowering the overall cancer death rate each year for over a decade.

At Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. we are proud of the advances in the medical field that have helped aid in early diagnosis and the monitoring of treatment options for cancer care. National Cancer Control Month reminds us to reflect on the progress we have made in cancer detection and care, and reinvigorates us as a nation to continue the research that will lead to new breakthroughs combating this disease. It also serves as an opportunity to educate ourselves on tools and lifestyle changes that may lower our risks of cancer.

Radiology plays a key role in cancer detection.

Detecting cancer early gives patients the best chance for successful treatment. By using the latest technologically advanced equipment, our expertly trained staff at Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. captures images that show different structures, vessels, and functions of the body. Those images are interpreted by a radiologist, a doctor that has added education specializing in radiology. The radiologist’s recommendations and key images are delivered to your physician via various modes of communication quickly and securely. From our report your doctor and you, the patient, determine the best plan of care for your unique situation.

Early detection saves lives. At Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. we offer our patients a variety of screening options, including:

Talk to your doctor this month about which screenings tools might be right for you. To schedule your screening appointment today, call 212-888-1000 or schedule your appointment online.

PET/CT scanning is superior to other conventional imaging modalities in the diagnosis and management of various types of cancers, clinical research data has proven.

Park Avenue Radiologists, PC has the latest generation multidetector PET/CT Sytem with the highest resolution of PET configuration, to allow for imaging virtually all organ systems, including cardiac PET/CT.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT) are both imaging tools that allow our radiologists to pinpoint the location of cancer within the body, and they give a detailed interpretation to your doctor. This detailed report aids your doctor in deciding on treatment recommendations for your care.

The highly sensitive PET scan detects the metabolic signal of actively growing cancer cells in the body and the CT scan provides a detailed picture of the internal anatomy that reveals the location, size and shape of abnormal cancerous growths.

Alone, each imaging test has particular benefits and limitations but when the results of PET and CT scans are "fused" together, the combined image provides complete information on cancer location and metabolism.

There are tremendous benefits of having a combined PET/CT scan:

 • Earlier diagnosis

 • Accurate staging and localization

 • Precise treatment and monitoring 

With the high-tech images that the PET/CT scanner provides, patients are given a better chance at a good outcome and avoid unnecessary procedures. PET/CT can also lead to a significant change in the management of a patient’s care and possibly save valuable healthcare resources and enhance patient outcomes.

The practicing owner of Park Avenue Radiologists, Dr. Marc Liebeskind is extremely knowledgeable and highly trained in the full spectrum of radiology exams, with added education and experience interpreting oncologic imaging, or cancer cases. Dr. Liebeskind’s sub-specialty is PET/CT for oncologic imaging, body and musculoskeletal MRI.

“It is important that patients feel confident in the capabilities of every physician contributing to their overall cancer care, including their radiologist” -Dr. Marc Liebeskind.

After graduating from Columbia University, Dr. Liebeskind received his MD from NYU School of Medicine, where he also previously received a JD from the NYU School of Law.  Following medical school, Dr. Liebeskind completed an internship in internal medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital and then completed radiology training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed a junior fellowship in MRI.  Dr. Liebeskind was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology at NYU from 2003-2009 and is now a managing partner at Park Avenue Radiologists.

Dr. Liebeskind is Board Certified by the American College of Radiology as well as a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine.  Dr. Liebeskind is on the Board of Trustees of the New York County Medical Society as well as a member of the Committee for Medical Ethics. Dr. Liebeskind has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and is also a member of the American Rotnegen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America.

Our team of radiologists including Dr. Marc Liebeskind, Dr. Amy Liebeskind, Dr. Zeva Herman, Dr. Neil Goldberg, Dr. Daniel Masri, Dr. Carolyn Boltin, and Dr. Paul Rolen are highly specialized physicians that are all Board Certified with additional certification in neuroradiology and nuclear medicine. They understand the importance of staying abreast of new developments in technology and medical research.

We know that navigating the daunting journey that is cancer care can be confusing, overwhelming, and stressful. The goal of our team of experienced employees is to provide our patients with unparalleled imaging services at Manhattan’s premier radiology practice. At Park Avenue, feel confident that the quality of care you receive is of the highest of standards. We strive to provide patients with the best medical care and reduce the stress associated with maneuvering through the complicated world of managed care.

Half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes, according to the American Cancer Society. It is important to stay educated on the different tools available to you. While there are numerous types of cancer, they do not all have standardized screening recommendations. Though there is no definite way to avoid cancer, there are ways that you can reduce your risk of developing cancer. You can decrease your general cancer risk by limiting alcohol consumption, limiting sun exposure, increasing your physical activity, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a stable weight.

For more information visit parkavenueradiologists.com or contact us at 212-888-1000 or info@parkavenueradiologists.com.

 

 

 

 

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