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Imaging Pediatric Patients: What Are Best Practices?

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Radiologic technologists should be aware that children are not merely small adults and that imaging pediatric patients requires certain special techniques. In fact, children have been the subject of many landmark events in medical ethics. Children undergoing radiographic imaging require special consideration not only because of their small size but also because they are more sensitive than adults to the adverse effects of ionizing radiation. In addition, children have a longer remaining lifespan during which the effects of radiation exposure can manifest. Therefore, adherence to the ALARA philosophy is critical during pediatric digital imaging.

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Bone Biology Review: What Does New Research Show?

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There is considerable scientific knowledge about the causes, prevention, and treatment of bone disorders, but many gaps remain in this information. For example, it is not clearly understood why fractures occur in so many people. In this bone biology review, we look at some of the recent discoveries in skeletal genetics and metabolism that are expected to improve our understanding of bone health.

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Treatment of Osteoporosis in Old Age

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Many older individuals are diagnosed with osteoporosis based on the WHO criteria or prior fragility fractures. It is the healthcare provider’s responsibility to institute appropriate treatment of osteoporosis in older patients. In particular, patients with low bone mass and multiple risk factors for fractures should be considered for specific treatment of osteoporosis in old age. This is in addition to maximizing nutrition and emphasizing lifestyle modifications.

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Look Up Tables in Radiography: What Are They?

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What are look up tables in radiography? The gray-scale values in a digital image consist of binary numbers. It is possible to reassign these numbers to other values based on predetermined rules. These rules are defined in a look-up table (LUT) which is essentially a reference histogram. A look-up table (LUT) is a series of mathematical equations that are used for post-processing in radiography. It is used to correct values using a mapping function. It allows the gray-scale values in the recorded image to be remapped to new values to improve the final image in some way, such as appropriate brightness and contrast. LUTs are specific to anatomic areas.

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Osteoporosis Management and Prevention: A Healthcare Worker’s Perspective

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Every individual must work towards building and maintaining a healthy skeleton throughout life. However, it is also the responsibility of healthcare professionals, in particular primary care providers, to assist the general public in achieving this goal. Osteoporosis management and prevention is part of the overall goal of healthy bones. This can be accomplished by educating patients and promoting awareness about the key factors that influence bone health. In addition, health professionals can identify high-risk patients and initiate lifestyle and therapeutic interventions in a timely manner. This will help prevent bone loss, reduce the risk of fractures, and limit the damage caused by bone disorders.

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