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Radiation is a double edged sword. It can both help and hurt a patient at the same time. As technologists, we should never forget this important fact. We must do everything to keep ourselves and our patients as safe as possible. Scatter or secondary radiation is the main source of occupational radiation exposure. Let’s not forget our ...
The tough job market continues to affect me. I got hired at the VA as a fee-based CT technologist on a part time basis. I was told that I would work 5 days a week every other week until the two full-time open positions were filled. This was supposed to take me at least into the fall of this year. In an unprecedented turn of events, the usually ...
My recent blogs have discussed the importance of providing excellent patient care. This week i got a whole new perspective on going that extra mile. Early Sunday morning I had to go to the ER. I was in bad shape and was promptly admitted. i thought I'd get the usual chest x-ray and/or head CT but I didn't need those. I did end up needing lab work, ...
After going on an interview in mid December of last year, I was just given my start date at the VA of mid March. I guess it’s better late than never. I was initially supposed to begin orientation today but some unfinished paperwork held things up. I have seen first hand that getting a government job takes quite a bit longer than a ...
In Canada, CT scans will now be more readily available to four legged patients. Charlottetown’s Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island is testing a new CT machine that will be used to diagnose animals. In the past, only the critical cases were taken to a local human hospital under sedation and scanned. This new machine will be ...
Technology and medicine continue to collide with a new app that was just cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is called Mobile MIM and it can turn an iPhone or an iPad into a handy diagnostic instrument. It allows practitioners to view CT scans, MRIs, and other technologies when they are away from their work stations. It can also ...
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 ...
Jon Bachman is a 66 year old man who lives in Virginia and
owns a dinosaur egg as part of his fossil collection. He bought it at a rock
show for $600 in 1984. The egg is said to be 70 million years old and from the
Hunan province of China. He has had it for almost 30 years and has always
wondered what’s inside. He figured the only way to find ...
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 ...
Wherever athletes go radiology is sure to follow. Whether
it’s an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI, practitioners rely on this technology for
diagnosis and treatment.
Men’s cycling at the 2012 Olympics saw an injury to one of the
Swiss cyclers. Fabian Cancellara “hit the deck with about 15 km to go in the
race, leaving him with a bloodied arm and ...