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In life, sometimes we end up right where we are supposed to be before we even know why. Bill Weir, an anchor for “Nightline,” recently interviewed the world-renowned oncologist Dr. David Agus. He has treated well known patients like Lance Armstrong and Ted Kennedy. Dr. Agus is a believer of many high tech forms of medicine. To help illustrate this ...
I continue to be intrigued by stories that discuss CT scans
on unusual subjects. The most recent article I read talks about the dental and
sinus health of a young man who was mummified and lived about 2,100 years ago
“He had numerous abscesses and cavities, conditions that
appear to have resulted, at some point, in a sinus ...
Healthcare in other nations leaves a good deal to be
desired. However, recently in Myanmar, formerly Burma, more than two dozen CT
scanners were purchased by the health ministry in an effort to improve the quality
New members of government increased the health budget significantly
allowing such helpful machinery to be brought in. ...
An unusual story came out of Richmond, VA this week. A woman
who had a CT scan for abdominal pain with both PO and IV contrasts had an odd
reaction. She claims the palms of her hands and the soles of her feet turned
orange and became very dry about 15-20 minutes after the scan.Several days after the scan she went back to the hospital
for some ...
It is with great anticipation that many Americans welcome
opening day of the 2012 NFL Season. With all of the fun that comes with
tailgates and parties, the health of these athletes must not be overlooked. The
American Academy of Neurology just released a study that confirms previously held
beliefs “… that head injuries cause neurologic ...
As the NFL preseason gives way to the regular season, we are
reminded of the important role that imaging plays in sports. Michael Vick, of
the Philadelphia Eagles, injured his ribs and left thumb in his last two games.
He received x-rays of his ribs and his thumb while still at the stadiums. Both
came up negative.
Later in the week Vick ...
We all know about the dangers of radiation from CT scans but
what about the radiation that is emitted from our cell phones. Many of us have
our phones on us at all times and we feel as if we can’t live without them.
What if they are causing us more harm than good.
Previous studies have shown that there is such a small
amount of radiation ...
The May/June 2012 CT Edition of the Journal of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists has an excellent article about stroke and CT perfusion. The information outlined is invaluable to any technologist who has to perform perfusion scans. When they started doing them at my former hospital I received very little training on how to ...
Working in the ER of a level 1 trauma center I worked on a 64 slice CT machine. Other scanners in our other departments throughout the hospital didn't have such a luxury. Toshiba just released an 80 slice machine and it received FDA clearance. It also has the ability to be upgraded to a 160 slice machine if needed. With its high rotation speed ...
Medical imaging plays an important role in solid organ donation and transplantation. Working in CT I saw patients scanned to determine the viability of an organ to be transplanted. I also saw patients scanned prior to surgery who were going to receive a donated organ. Follow up CT scans can also be useful to monitor for signs of infection and ...