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BMD Testing Guidelines in Young and Middle-Aged Adults

BMD testing guidelines

Healthcare providers should encourage every young and middle-aged adult to adopt a lifestyle that is conducive to healthy bones. Healthy lifestyle choices promote overall health and wellbeing. They also help prevent chronic diseases. Bone densitometry can help identify low bone mass and prevent fragility fractures. What are BMD testing guidelines for adults?

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Calcium Intake and Bone Health: Are You Getting Enough?

calcium intake and bone health

Most people know that calcium intake and bone health are intimately linked. But do you know how much calcium is necessary to maintain healthy bones? DXA operators may often be questioned by patients about ways to improve their bone density. It’s always a good idea to refer the patient to a physician or dietary consultant, but here’s a quick guide for radiologic technologists about calcium intake and bone health.

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Personal Radiation Monitoring Devices: Features and Safety Issues

personal radiation monitoring devices

National regulations determine whether healthcare providers who work in radiology departments require radiation monitoring. In some countries it is mandatory for all personnel exposed to radiation to wear dose-monitoring badges. If individual monitoring is not mandatory, it may be useful to monitor the workplace by placing a dosimeter at a point of interest such as the operator’s position during the image acquisition. In addition, special precautions may be necessary for pregnant workers. Are you monitoring your radiation exposure at work? Do you know the correct way to use your radiation monitoring device? Read about the features of personal radiation monitoring devices used by radiologic technologists.

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Osteoporosis Fracture Risk: Tips to Recognize High-Risk Patients

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Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mass and increased risk of fractures. The disease is particularly dangerous because it is often “silent.” There are no signs and symptoms while the bone loss occurs in the background. In fact, the condition is typically diagnosed when a significant medical event such as a fragility fracture occurs. Sometimes, even fractures are not recognized clinically (2 out of 3 vertebral fractures are asymptomatic). X-ray techs and DXA operators are in a unique position to recognize osteoporosis fracture risk.

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Osteoporosis Treatment Guidelines in Adults

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In young and middle-aged adults, the mainstay of bone health is maximizing nutrition and encouraging healthy lifestyle behaviors such as regular physical activity. Based on osteoporosis treatment guidelines, younger adults who remain osteoporotic despite non-pharmacologic measures are possible candidates for therapy with antiresorptive agents.

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