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Bone Health and Osteoporosis: Challenges in the United States

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To a large extent, the physical, emotional, and financial burden of osteoporosis is preventable. While there is no doubt that there are considerable gaps in our knowledge of bone health and osteoporosis and further research is certainly warranted, also lacking is an application of the knowledge we already have about prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis and other bone diseases. This is relevant to both individuals and healthcare providers. X-ray technologists play a key role in the bone health of Americans by performing DXA scans.

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Communicating Radiation Risk to Patients

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Radiologic technologists play an important role in communicating radiation risk to patients. To this end, they must establish a rapport with the patient. One of the major challenges of risk communication is the difference in risk perception by healthcare professionals and the general public. To effectively communicate the risks and benefits of radiation exposure, radiographers need to understand this difference themselves. It is also important to remember that the general public may have obtained information from non-technical sources such as newspapers, magazines, TV shows, and Internet sites. Moreover, the layperson is prone to give equal importance to information from unverified sources and scientific bodies.

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Rickets and Osteomalacia Causes

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Rickets and osteomalacia are disorders of bone that are a result of insufficient levels of vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for adequate mineralization of bone. Therefore, deficiency of vitamin D results in soft and fragile bones. This deficiency is one of the most important rickets and osteomalacia causes. Rickets affects children and osteomalacia affects adults. These bone diseases are relatively uncommon in the United States because they can be easily prevented by ensuring adequate vitamin D in the body. However, understanding these diseases is important because children and adults who develop rickets and osteomalacia suffer devastating consequences.

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Bone Tumors Radiology and Oral Bone Disease

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Inherited disorders of the bones are present since the time of birth. However, certain skeletal conditions are acquired later in life. A common type of acquired disorder is a bone tumor. Bone tumors radiology is an important diagnostic method to identify malignancies of the skeleton. X-ray technologists may come across patients with bone tumors when they present to the radiology department for imaging.

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Healthcare Worker Classification and Areas of Work

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For the purpose of radiation safety, healthcare worker classification is divided into two categories – those who directly work with radiation and those who do not directly work with radiation but may be exposed to it. Occupational dose limits apply to workers who directly perform radiation work. Hospital employees who do not directly perform radiation work are treated like members of the general public in terms of restricting exposure.

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