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Diagnostic Reference Levels and Other Metrics

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Any individual who undergoes a medical imaging examination is subject to the benefits as well as the risks of the examination. Each individual is unique, with a unique body habitus, health status, and medical needs. Because of the wide variety and complexity of medical conditions, dose limits cannot be set for medical exposures. However, the average radiation exposure associated with a diagnostic or interventional procedure can be used to assess whether the dose received by the patient is within acceptable range. In other words, estimated exposure levels for different examinations help to highlight any substantial variation from the expected value. Certain metrics such as diagnostic reference levels make this possible.

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Importance of Bone Health as a Public Health Issue

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Bone health is a pressing issue in America and around the world. It needs to be addressed with a preventive approach with the early institution of interventions. There is a need for healthcare providers to understand the importance of bone health as a public health issue. The goal is to promote strong bones in the American population so that fractures and their associated complications can be prevented. In this article we provide a brief overview of how bone health is an important public health issue.

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Radiation Monitoring Devices for Healthcare Workers

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Radiation is used in digital radiographic imaging departments to diagnose and treat a vast number of medical conditions. The benefits of radiation in diagnostic imaging are beyond dispute, but ionizing radiation can be harmful to the human body. For this reason, radiation monitoring devices are critical. A number of detection devices have been developed to calculate the radiation exposure received by an individual and to detect the amount of radiation present in the environment or on surfaces (contamination).

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Bone Diseases and Causes in Adults and Children

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Millions of Americans are affected by bone diseases from various causes, the most common of which is osteoporosis. People with osteoporosis are at a high risk of fractures. Fractures are often disabling and lead to deterioration in the patient’s physical and mental health. Primary osteoporosis is the most common type of osteoporosis. It is the result of deteriorating bone structure and bone loss with aging. Primary osteoporosis can be prevented through proper nutrition, adequate physical exercise, and when necessary, appropriate treatment. Secondary osteoporosis is the result of other diseases that affect the bones and certain drugs and toxic substances that make bones weak. If secondary osteoporosis is recognized in time, it can be prevented with nutrition, physical activity, and treatment if needed.

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