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Advantages of DXA Scan and Best BMD Testing Technology

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The importance of DXA is underscored by the fact that BMD is a strong independent predictor of an individual’s risk of sustaining fragility fractures. A clear relationship has been established in postmenopausal females between BMD results and the risk of osteoporotic fractures. For every standard deviation drop in DXA-calculated bone density (equivalent to a 10-12 percent bone loss in the spine), the individual’s fracture risk increases by up to 2.5 times. What are the advantages of DXA scan and how does it compare to other modalities used to measure bone density?

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Techniques to Reduce Bone Densitometry Radiation Dose

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In this article we talk about bone densitometry radiation dose and the techniques that radiologic technologists can apply to reduce it. The two key principles in patient radiation protection are justification and optimization. Justification implies that any X-ray exposure is justified clinically. It means the examinations that will not affect the patient’s care are avoided. Once an examination is justified, optimization consists of activities that reduce bone densitometry radiation dose. This means delivery of the smallest possible dose to the patient.

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Personal Radiation Monitoring Devices: Features and Safety Issues

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National regulations determine whether healthcare providers who work in radiology departments require radiation monitoring. In some countries it is mandatory for all personnel exposed to radiation to wear dose-monitoring badges. If individual monitoring is not mandatory, it may be useful to monitor the workplace by placing a dosimeter at a point of interest such as the operator’s position during the image acquisition. In addition, special precautions may be necessary for pregnant workers. Are you monitoring your radiation exposure at work? Do you know the correct way to use your radiation monitoring device? Read about the features of personal radiation monitoring devices used by radiologic technologists.

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