Procedures You Need to Know

Needle-Free Migraine Relief

E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork demonstrates how a needle-free migraine treatment works as effectively as an injection.

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Nick-Tuck Facelift
At 51, Toni is newly divorced and jumping back into the dating pool. Wanting to put her best face forward, she turns to plastic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Nikolov, who performs his signature “Nick-Tuck” facelift. The procedure only requires local anesthesia and allows Toni to remain awake throughout the surgery.

“This is a procedure that I’ve been doing for the last two years,” Dr. Nikolov says. “We all know there are lots of people who have that phobia of going under general anesthesia, or maybe they have medical problems that won’t allow them to.”

The Nick-Tuck facelift can be performed in two to four hours, and uses smaller incisions than a traditional facelift, thus reducing bruising, swelling and recovery time. The Nick-Tuck facelift is ideal for people 40 and older who need less dramatic facial reparation.

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Carotid Artery Ultrasound

The Heart Smart IMT Plus carotid artery ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that provides early detection of heart disease, which affects an estimated 80 million Americans and is the leading killer of both men and women.

Dr. Darren F.X. Clair, medical director of Vibrance Health Services, explains that the carotid arteries, which run on both sides of the neck and supply blood to the brain, provide an effective evaluation of the cardiovascular system.

The Heart Smart IMT Plus ultrasound measures intima media thickness (IMT) of the carotid artery wall. The thicker the intima media, the greater the chance of atherosclerosis, the hardening of the artery walls due to a buildup of plaque. The more hardened and clogged the arteries, the greater the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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The ultrasound provides safe, immediate and unprecedented results. “I can know with a 95 percent certainty if you have any plaque building up in your heart, what type it is and how severe it is,” Dr. Clair says.

Dr. Clair says that cardiologists agree that soft plaque may be more dangerous than hard plaque. Soft plaque is more likely to dislodge from an artery wall and float through the blood stream, only to lodge elsewhere in the body and cause a blood clot. Hard plaque stays firmly in place, blocking the artery and restricting arterial blood flow.

Dr. Clair performs the Heart Smart IMT Plus ultrasound on Brigitta and demonstrates how doctors asses the health of the artery. Find out where you can get the HeartSmart IMT Plus test!

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Thermometer for Kids
Kidz Med 5-in-1 thermometer uses infrared technology to measure a child’s temperature in the temporal artery. Simply hold the thermometer an inch away from the forehead -- and presto! -- you receive an immediate reading, accurate within .4 degrees Fahrenheit of a rectal temperature, which is considered the ideal standard for children.

SonoCiné Breast Cancer Screening
Mammograms are considered the gold standard for breast cancer detection, but for women with large or dense breasts, the X-ray screening does not always provide accurate results.

“Mammography finds most breast cancers, but there’s a subset of women who have dense breasts, and it only finds about half of the cancers,” Dr. Kevin M. Kelly, director of Breast Imaging at the Hall Center, explains. “Ultrasound has been a very good tool at seeing cancers when you know where they are, but it had not been used for finding breast cancers in normal breasts.”

When performed in conjunction with a mammogram, the SonoCiné ultrasound can reveal cancers that may otherwise be missed.

Kim, who is in her late 50s, credits the SonoCine with saving her life. Three years ago, she underwent the SonoCiné ultrasound in conjunction with a mammogram. “The mammogram was just fine, but Dr. Kelly came in and said that the SonoCiné had detected a cancer,” she recalls. “As it happened, the cancer was such an aggressive cancer that if it had not been detected by SonoCiné at that time, I would not be here today.”

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