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Which is Better for Diagnosing Kidney Stones, CT or Ultrasound?

Which is Better for Diagnosing Kidney Stones, CT or Ultrasound?

Doctors rely on laboratory testing and medical imaging to diagnose kidney stones. When the patient's symptoms and laboratory tests suggest kidney stones, doctors would turn to medical imaging to determine the number and location of those stones. For many years, computed tomography (CT) scans have been the go-to imaging test when it comes to di...

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October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month

October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month

 October is spina bifida awareness month. Every October, healthcare professionals, patients and their families, and the community come together to raise awareness of this condition that affects millions of people. What is Spina Bifida? Spina bifida is a type of birth defect affecting the development of the baby's spine. It occurs when a develo...

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Types of Arthritis

Types of Arthritis

Arthritis is a common and sometimes debilitating condition. It affects about 24 percent of all adults, or 58.5 million people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a leading cause of work disability, limiting the types of work people can do or even preventing them from working at all. Arthritis is ...

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Why Do I Have to Fast Before Some Medical Imaging Tests?

Why Do I Have to Fast Before Some Medical Imaging Tests?

When it comes to medical imaging, getting a clear, accurate image is a top priority. After all, doctors use the information they learn from these medical images to diagnose patients and create treatment plans. In some cases, doctors will require patients fast before undergoing medical imaging. A fast is a period of hours in which you have nothing t...

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What are Fibroids?

What are Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are tumors that develop in the uterus, or womb, which is the organ of the female reproductive system in which a baby grows. An estimated 70 to 80 percent of all women will develop uterine fibroids before they reach menopause. These tumors are usually benign, or non-cancerous, in women of reproductive age and almost never develop in...

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Doctors Increasingly Choose Ultrasound Over CT to Diagnose Appendicitis in Children

Doctors Increasingly Choose Ultrasound Over CT to Diagnose Appendicitis in Children

An accurate diagnosis is always important, but especially when it comes to diagnosing children with appendicitis. Doctors are now using switching up the technologies they use to make the diagnosis. Appendicitis happens when the appendix becomes inflamed and filled with pus. Left untreated, the appendix can rupture and cause infection throughout the...

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Why and When to Get Ultrasounds during Pregnancy

Why and When to Get Ultrasounds during Pregnancy

Ultrasound provides important information about your pregnancy to you and your health care provider. For example, ultrasound can confirm your pregnancy. This can be helpful when other tests provide inconclusive results. An ultrasound can also reveal whether you are pregnant with twins, triplets, or even more. Ultrasound can help your provider check...

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Shoulder “Brightness” on Ultrasound Imaging - A Sign of Diabetes?

Shoulder “Brightness” on Ultrasound Imaging - A Sign of Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes has a number of warning signs, such as frequent urination, increased thirst, fatigue, hunger, and slow wound healing. The results of a new study suggest that shoulder "brightness" on an ultrasound test might also be a sign of diabetes. Doctors frequently use ultrasound to diagnose shoulder problems, such as sprains, strains, tears, ...

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