Archive for the ‘Imaging’ Category

A cardiologist discusses screening for vascular disease

Posted by: admin on: August 16, 2011

Just last week I saw a full-page ad in the newspaper for a series of medical screening tests — EKG, echocardiogram, aortic ultrasound, and the like (all interpreted by “certified doctors”) — that a person could arrange for oneself or a loved one. We newspaper readers were told we could arrange to have these tests […]

Why total body scans are a scam

Posted by: admin on: August 9, 2011

Folks across the country are paying hard cash for total body scans, abdominal aortic aneurysm testing, CAT coronary artery scans and carotid artery evaluations to prevent disease or find important lesions early. Ordinary patients don’t understand about pre-test probability and positive and negative predictive values. A critical principle of proper diagnostic testing can be summarized in […]

Guidelines say skip x-rays for lower back pain Imaging scans to diagnose lower back pain are unnecessary in most cases and may do more harm than good, the American College of Physicians stated in new practice guidelines. Routinely ordering X-rays and CT or MRI scans drives up health care costs and does not help resolve […]

Light Therapy May Aid Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Posted by: admin on: July 20, 2011

Transcranial red/near-infrared LED may be an inexpensive, noninvasive treatment, suitable for home treatments, to improve cognitive function in TBI patients, as well as to reduce symptom severity in post-traumatic stress disorder In patients with closed-head, mild TBI, CT or MRI scans usually show no evidence of focal lesions, but more often, diffuse axonal injury in […]

The use of computed tomography enterography (CTE) imaging to investigate patients with suspected or established Crohn’s disease would result in changes being made to around half of management plans. Edward Loftus and colleagues say that the management plan changes observed during the study, namely the exclusion of active CD and medication alterations, arose from an […]

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