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Bone Health in Old Age: Physical Activity Recommendations for Elderly Patients

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It is important for older adults to maintain a high functional status and engage in regular physical activity according to their capabilities. Older adults who enjoy an overall good health status can follow the same guidelines for physical activity as outlined for younger individuals. However, for older adults with some physical limitations or compromised bone health, weight-supported activities may be more appropriate. Examples of such activities include walking in deep water, aqua aerobics, stationary bicycle riding, and floor exercises. Importantly, people with less than optimal bone health in old age can often safely perform resistance exercises with proper training and supervision.

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Radiology Quality Assurance Program: What Should the RT Know?

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All healthcare facilities have a radiology quality assurance program to provide confidence in radiation safety. Quality assurance essentially consists of an organized set of activities and processes that ensure X-ray equipment is functioning properly and providing satisfactory diagnostic information in a timely manner with minimum radiation dose to patients.

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Nutrition and Bone Health in the Elderly

nutrition and bone health in the elderly

Osteoporosis is especially prevalent in older adults. Healthcare professionals play a valuable role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of bone diseases in this age group of patients.  In general, the nutritional guidelines for younger adults are also applicable to older adults. However, some specific recommendations are relevant to this group of patients in terms of nutrition and bone health in the elderly.

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DXA Scan Analysis: Algorithms Used in Bone Densitometry

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Radiologic technologists, specifically DXA operators, must understand DXA scan analysis and some of the algorithms used in bone densitometry. This article offers greater insight into what goes on behind the scenes in a DXA machine. There are also some useful tips to make your scanning more accurate.

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Fracture Risk Assessment Tool: An Overview for X-ray Techs

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The gold standard in diagnostic testing for osteoporosis and fracture risk is bone mineral density (BMD) measurement. However, it is neither cost-effective nor practical to perform BMD testing in every individual and use this as a fracture risk assessment tool. The majority of people are not at risk of bone disease. Thus, BMD testing is recommended only in populations that are known to be at high risk, such as women over the age of 65. What are some of the other fracture risk assessment tools available to healthcare providers?

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