Earl Maes – The Medical Consultant

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Earl Maes
Back pain, especially reoccurring pain, can become incapacitating. In fact, 90% of patients will have an improvement in their back pain within 6 weeks without having surgery. However, it is important to know if you have symptoms including pain radiating below your knee or elbow, fever associated with back pain, numbness in your extremities, or...
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When your doctor orders your radiology exam to be performed with intravenous contrast it will usually add to the ability of the radiologist to make your diagnosis from a CT scan. The agent injected intravenously contains iodine which allows for better visualization of blood vessels, some soft tissues, your internal organs, and many disease states...
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Although an x ray is the best initial way to screen for a fracture of a bone, it is not perfect and has its limitations.  This is because that when a fracture occurs, we only see it on x ray if the involved broken bones displace a small amount allowing the fracture to be seen....
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Deciding whether to get an MRI or a CT can be a challenging decision for patients and doctors alike.  They are not equivalent imaging methods, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses.  Things to consider include time to complete the exam, the part of the body being imaged, resolution, radiation risk, and the level...
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