Eisenberg R., Margulis A.'s A patient's guide to medical imaging PDF


By Eisenberg R., Margulis A.

Scientific imaging now performs a massive position in prognosis, collection of treatment, and follow-up. even though, sufferers are usually intimidated by means of the a number of imaging modalities on hand, the indicators for his or her use, the implementing apparatus, what the examinations are like and the way lengthy they final, and the benefits and drawbacks of varied systems. This publication is designed to supply causes for those and different concerns as a way to relieve a few of the anxiousness regarding scientific imaging experiences.

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Insurance companies are prohibited from refusing to provide insurance and setting prices on the basis of health status. 3. Businesses with 50 or more employees must provide health insurance or be fined. In 2018, a much-resisted provision goes into effect: High-cost employerprovided health insurance beneficiaries ($27,500 for a family, $10,200 for individuals) are subjected to a 40% excise tax. The two worrisome aspects for the future of the legislation are: 1. With the polarization of Congress and with two forthcoming elections until 2014, much of this legislation may be amended or even repealed, as was the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988.

Some of these procedures are literally lifesaving or avoid the need for extensive complicated surgery, general anesthesia, and prolonged hospitalization. Pregnancy and Radiation The developing fetus, especially during the first 20 weeks, has a large number of rapidly developing cells and thus is especially sensitive to radiation. Potential effects associated with prenatal radiation exposure include growth retardation, small size of the head or brain, mental retardation, and childhood cancer. Therefore, it is extremely important that a woman scheduled for an x-ray examination inform her physician, the radiologic technologist, or the radiologist that she is or may be pregnant.

Rather than a CT scan of the area, with its relatively high radiation dose, it is highly likely that an ultrasound examination or MRI will be substituted, since neither uses any ionizing radiation or has been shown to pose any substantial risk to a pregnancy. Nuclear medicine procedures pose a unique risk for the young child who is being breast-fed, since some of the radionuclide passes into the mother’s milk. To prevent this possibility, it is important for a nursing mother to inform her physician and the radiologic technologist before the examination begins.

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