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CT Scan vs MRI - Difference and Comparison | Diffen

CT Scan vs MRI - Difference and Comparison | Diffen | X-Ray Technician Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
What's the difference between CT Scan and MRI? A CT Scan (or CAT Scan) is best suited for viewing bone injuries, diagnosing lung and chest problems, and detecting cancers. An MRI is suited for examining soft tissue in ligament and tendon injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain tumors, etc. CT scans are w...
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A CT Scan (or CAT Scan) is best suited for viewing bone injuries, diagnosing lung and chest problems, and detecting cancers. An MRI is suited for examining soft tissue in ligament and tendon injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain tumors, etc. CT scans are widely used in emergency rooms because the scan takes fewer than 5 minutes. An MRI, on the other hand, can take up to 30 minutes.

An MRI typically costs more than a CT scan. One advantage of an MRI is that it does not use radiation while scans do. This radiation is harmful if there is repeated exposure.

 

CT Scans and MRIs are different in many ways.  A CT Scan is mainly used for viewing bone injuries and detecting lung and chest problems.  They are also used to detect cancer.  An MRI, on the other hand is used for things such as ligaments, tendons, spinal cord injuries and brain tumors.  CT scans are only take about 5 minutes while an MRI can take about 30.  An MRI costs more than CT Scan as well.  MRI scans don't use radiation while CT scans do.  The radiation can be very harmful if it's repeatedly used.

 

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Mammograms Fact Sheet - National Cancer Institute

A fact sheet that defines screening and diagnostic mammograms and outlines mammography screening guidelines. Discusses the benefits and some potential harms of screening mammograms.
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Mammograms are used to check for breast cancer in women.  This is called a screen mammogram which usually involves two x-ray pictures of each breast. The x-ray images make it possible for them to detect tumors that cannot be felt sometimes. Screening mammograms can also detect microcalcifications which is tiny deposits of calcium.  This can sometimes lead to breast cancer.

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X-Ray Tech: Guide to X-Ray Technician and Radiology Degree Programs

X-Ray Tech: Guide to X-Ray Technician and Radiology Degree Programs | X-Ray Technician Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Search over 60 degrees and online programs for X-Ray Tech. Find accredited schools as well as scholarships to start your career.
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An x-ray Technician works most of the time in a medical facility and takes x-rays of the human body to diagnose an injury or illness.  X-ray technicians can be called; radiologic technologist and radiographers. You can also further your studying in sonogram.  Sonograms use x-ray technology to provide ultrasound scans which is mainly used for pregnant women.
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Explore Radiologic Technologist Careers

Explore Radiologic Technologist Careers | X-Ray Technician Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
If you have had an x-ray, you've met a radiologic technologist. But did you know radiologic technologists have many areas of practice and a career in radiologic technology can lead in many directions. Radiographers use x-ray equipment to produce images of tissue, organs, bones and vessels. Some specialize in mammography, computed tomography or other types of medical imaging. Nuclear medicine technologists use radiopharmaceuticals and special cameras to produce images of organs and reveal their function. Radiation therapists administer highly focused forms of radiation to treat cancer and other diseases. Explore the range of the radiologic sciences and follow the path that best suits you.
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 Radiologic technologists have many job opportunities.  This can lead you to become a radiograhper, mammography, Magnetic resonance technologist,Nuclear medicine technologists, sonographers or a radiation therapist.  A radiographer uses x-ray equipment to produce 2-D and 3-D images of tissue, organs, bones and vessels. 

 

A Radiographer can specialize in mammography, which is using medical imaging.  A Magnetic resonance technologists which basically createsdetailed images of anatomy by using radiofrequency pulses.  A Nuclear Medicine  Technologist uses special cameras to produce images of organs. A sonograhper uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of anatomy.  Radiation therapists administer highly focused forms of radiation to treat cancer and other diseases.

 

Becoming a radiologic technilogy can open many oportunitys in many directions.  "Radiologic technologists are needed in every health care setting." (ASRT)  You can work from a large hospital, to a suburban outpatient clinic or a rural physician's office.  "You could manage an entire radiology department, including its budget and personnel. " (ASRT)  You could also teach upcoming radilogic technologists.  With hard work and determination you could one day become an radiologist assistant or even more depending on how much you push yourself. 



 

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Computed Tomography — An Increasing Source of Radiation Exposure — NEJM

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Review Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — Computed Tomography — An Increasing Source of Radiation Exposure
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Radiation from medical imaging and cancer risk « Science-Based Medicine

Radiation from medical imaging and cancer risk « Science-Based Medicine | X-Ray Technician Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Science-based medicine consists of a balancing of risks and benefits for various interventions. This is sometimes a difficult topic for the lay public to...
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Every doctor tries to play it off that to much radiation is bad for you but they all know how life-threatening it really is.  One such exception is pediatrics, children are more effected by radiation rather than adults are and its because there bodies are still growing.  They have more time to develop a reaction to radiation in the long run because they are so young. CT scans use so much radiation that pediatricians tend to try and stay away from that for children.

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Nuclear Medicine Imaging at Magee-Womens Imaging

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Radiologists and cardiologists at Magee-Womens Imaging perform noninvasive nuclear medicine procedures to help doctors treat a variety of medical conditions.
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Nuclear Medicine Imaging procedures are small tests that help doctors diagnose things like cancer, heart disease, and bone lesions.  Types of these procedures include bone scans, cardiac stress tests, and gastric emptying.  "Nuclear imaging scans use radioactive materials called radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers."  These radiotracers can include injection into a vein, swallowing, or inhaling a gas.  The radiotracers give off an energy in the form of a gamma ray and the energy is detected by a device called a gamma camera.  The devices measure the amount of radiotracer that your body takes in and the details of the organs and tissues are revealed.  This can take seconds to days for a result.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ultrasound Definition - Tests and Procedures - Mayo Clinic

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Ultrasound — Overview covers definition, risks, results of this procedure.
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 Ultrasound is also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce relatively precise images of structures within your body. The images produced during an ultrasound examination often provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.Most ultrasound examinations are done using a sonar device outside of your body, though some ultrasound examinations involve placing a device inside your body.

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What Does an X-Ray Technician Do? (with pictures)

What Does an X-Ray Technician Do? (with pictures) | X-Ray Technician Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
An x-ray technician takes x-rays to help doctors visualize and diagnose diseases or injuries. To become an x-ray technician...
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Radiology Technician - Salary, Jobs, Schools Info .

Radiology Technician - Salary, Jobs, Schools Info . | X-Ray Technician Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Theradiologytechnician.org is source for latest career information on Radiologic Technologist, Ultrasound Technician, Sonographer and X ray Technician.
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A radiographer has many paths to choose from with much higher salaries.  Radiographers have the choice of specializing in areas such as CT and MRI scans. "Other specialized fields include mammography and ultrasound technology." (RTCO)

 

X-ray technicians who attempt to get a bachelor's degree can become a nurse which is a higher income.  But some x-ray technicians will choose a different career path like a administrative or managerial one.

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X rays

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Most of the time you will have no side effect to an x-ray machine scan but it depends on how much the dose of radiation they use. some machines like CT scans use higher to get a better picture and more clear.  The higher the dose is the more you are at risk at having a biological effect to it.  It is very self explanatory, the more radiation exposure a patient receives, the higher risk they have of running into harm.  Some side effects or starting points that let you know you are in trouble are redness of skin, the inability to have children, and hair loss.

 

 

 

 

X-rays are very safe for the most part while talking about radiation."Although there are many different types of radiation effects, those that can occur in diagnostic practice are only a few and their likelihood is very small. For example, the amount of radiation received in a simple X ray examination such as a chest X ray (radiograph) or a radiograph of the skull, abdomen, pelvic region, arms, shoulder or knees is quite low and is equivalent to less than one year of radiation exposure from natural sources" (RPOP).  The risk of cancer of showing or happening later is very small because of the low dose of radiation used.

       

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Health Effects | Radiation Protection | US EPA

This page discusses the health effects of radiation, including both cancer and non-cancer effects.
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There are four major common types of ionizing radiation which is either alpha, beta particles, or gamma and x-rays.  Ions are formed when any  Radiation causes electrons to break from atoms or molecules.  When this happens it creates two charged ions.  High exposure to ionizing radiation can cause terrible skin or tissue damage.  Any tissue from the human body can be damaged by ionizing radiation.  Sometimes the body can repair damage tissue but most of the time it is too severe or widespread to repair.  Also when trying to repair itself, cells can tend to make mistakes in the natural repair process leading them to become cancerous.

 

  

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