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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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Patient Radiation Dose Measurement in Fluoroscopy and CT Examinations

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Radiation dose represents the energy deposited per unit mass of tissue. It is typically measured in Gray (Joules/kg). This deposition of energy may cause damage the tissues, and therefore, patient radiation dose must be measured and monitored. Patients are exposed to some of the largest doses of radiation during fluoroscopically-guided procedures and computed tomography examinations. Radiologic technologists play a key role in limiting this dose, based on the ALARA principle, by using the correct imaging techniques.

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Fall Prevention Strategies to Reduce Fracture Risk in Your Patients

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Low bone mineral density is the underlying reason for fragility fractures in individuals with osteoporosis. However, very often, the precipitating event that results in a fracture is a fall. Therefore, fall prevention strategies play a critical role in reducing fractures. Falls are the major reason for hip fractures. They also contribute substantially to fractures at other sites such as the pelvis, spine, upper arm, and wrist.

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