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Bone Disease Medical Treatment: A Brief Guide for DXA Technologists

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There are specific bone disease medical treatments available for a number of diseases (other than osteoporosis). These include congenital disorders and bone problems associated with kidney disease. These treatments are effective, safe, and often curative. Early recognition and therapy for these conditions is critical. They include rickets, osteomalacia, and hyperparathyroidism. Early treatment can help avoid fractures, crippling deformities, and chronic complications.

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Radiation Protection Clothes for X-ray Technicians

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Several types of radiation protection clothes are available to X-ray technicians. The use of these garments protects radiologic technicians from exposure to scatter radiation. However, some imaging modalities are associated with a very low exposure to occupational radiation exposure. Radiologic technologists performing these examinations may not require special radiation protection clothes.

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Quick Refresher for X-ray Techs: Cardiac Screening Guidelines

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EKG stress test

Screening Tests for Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease. It occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries that supply the heart muscle. The American Heart Association has outlined key screening tests to monitor cardiovascular health. Cardiac screening guidelines include the following tests to detect CAD in people with no signs and symptoms:

  • Serum lipids
  • Blood glucose
  • C-reactive protein (indicator of swelling or inflammation)
  • Blood pressure

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The Future is Bright for X-ray Techs: Occupational Projections by the BLS

It is estimated that 9.8 million jobs will be added to the U.S. economy in the decade between 2014 and 2024. The projected increase in overall employment is 6.5 percent. Occupational projections by the BLS (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) are for fastest job growth in healthcare, healthcare support, and technical occupations. If you are considering a career as a radiologic technologist, the future looks bright.

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Reducing Radiation Exposure in Digital Imaging

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A fluoroscope with an overcouch configuration

Digital imaging techniques provide important information to healthcare professionals. But, exposure to ionizing radiation can be harmful to patients. In digital fluoroscopy, an increase in the number of images per exam reveals greater diagnostic information but is associated with an increased dose. Similarly, magnification improves spatial resolution and image quality but may lead to an increase in skin dose. High-dose mode is associated with an improvement in image quality but is associated with a high radiation dose to the patient. What are some of the methods of reducing radiation exposure? What can X-ray techs do to follow the ALARA principle and ensure the safety of their patients?

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Implementing Radiation Safety in Digital Radiography

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PACS helps improve efficiency in radiology departments

Digital radiography is a powerful tool in the medical management of patients. It has distinct advantages over film-screen technology in terms of image acquisition (wide dynamic range), image manipulation (post-processing functions), and image distribution (electronic transfer and archiving). Digital radiography equipment provides diagnostic information that is equal to or superior to film-screen systems at comparable radiation doses. It is therefore an important technological advancement that has aided RTs in implementing radiation safety. It should be noted that conventional radiographic images can be converted to a digital format with a digitizer for electronic storage and some post-processing. However, such converted images are not considered true digital radiographic images.

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