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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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It is only natural that you may feel some confusion when you have been given a new medical diagnosis. If you are given more than one treatment option, then it can be hard to know if you are making the right decision. You may also have concerns about whether your diagnosis is correct. If any...
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Your doctor may have been with you for years and to you, he may be the smartest person you know. Over the years you have trusted his diagnosis and you may not like to think that he doesn’t know everything. There will be times where you feel that his medical opinion may not be on...
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More than a third of Americans start with an Internet search to answer medical questions, but only half of those reported that what they found led them to seek help from a medical professional, according to a Pew Research Center study. The study found that among the 3,000 American adults surveyed, only 41 percent of those...
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Though most people will make at least one major medical decision in their life, nearly 70% of Americans don’t seek additional information or opinions before choosing a treatment, according to a poll conducted by the Harvard Health Letter editors. But asking another doctor what they think could save you time, money and, in rare cases,...
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Almost half of all Americans take prescription drugs according to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics. However, the number of adults taking more than five medications at once nearly doubled between 2002 and 2012, rising from 8.2% to 15%, according to Stat News, which also reports that 42% of Americans over 65 took more...
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