DEXA and Bone Density
We don’t often think of bones as tissue, but our bones are actually a type of connective tissue, the most common tissue in the human body. Cartilage, bone marrow and blood are also types of connective tissue. In addition to making blood cells (red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets) our bones are so important because they basically hold us together, protect vital organs and allow us to move efficiently.
As with any other human structure, bones can develop problems that may seriously impact our health. The most common bone diseases is osteoporosis, a condition that happens when we lose too much bone, don’t make enough bone, or a combination of both.
Lower Back Pain
Established in 2001 by the American Chronic Pain Association, September marks National Pain Month in the U.S. One of the most common sources of pain is the lower back, and according to the National Institutes of health, about 80 percent of us experience low back pain at some point in our lives. Low back pain is also the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed workdays.
Two major causes of low back pain are radiculopathy (better known as sciatica) and spinal stenosis. A visit to your health care professional is the first step in dealing with low back pain and getting a proper diagnosis.
Low back pain can sometimes be treated with exercise, physical therapy and, in some cases, medication. For difficult low back pain problems – including sciatica, spinal stenosis, and pain in nearby joints – epidural (near the spinal cord) injection of steroidal painkillers may be used. These pain injections fall into an area of medical practice called interventional radiology.
Mammograms Starting at Age 40
As radiologists, we’re often asked if we’d recommend the same exams to our friends, family or even ourselves if we were in the patient’s shoes. When it comes to recommending annual screening mammograms for women aged 40 and over, the answer from radiologists is a resounding “Yes.”
A study published in the June online edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology surveyed 487 breast radiologists about their mammography screening recommendations. The radiologists were asked about which exams they recommended to their average-risk patients, friends and family; they were further asked if those recommendations were consistent with how they would care for themselves if they were the patient.