According to Vascular Cures.org, as many as 25 million Americans suffer from varicose and spider veins, but new technology is changing how these problems are treated and improving the lives of millions of Americans.
Instead of painful, surgical stripping procedures, medical facilities are using two increasingly popular non-surgical approaches: radio waves to treat varicose veins and special injections for spider veins.
Varicose veins look like twisted, bulging cords in the legs and feet. They are often painful, unsightly and can cause serious health issues. Spider veins are smaller and closer to the skin surface. Frequently branching out like a tree or spider web, spider veins are commonly found on the legs and face.
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When it comes to high-tech imaging and tracking of cancer, nothing matches the amazing capabilities of today’s PET/CT machine. The technology combines positron emission tomography (PET) scanning with computed tomography (CT) scanning. PET uses small amounts of radiation to show how well various organs are functioning; CT provides detailed images of organs and tissues. The combined result is highly detailed 3-D images of the function and structure of various parts of the body.
The first PET/CT prototype was unveiled in 1998 at the University of Pittsburg, and it was first introduced into clinical use in 2001. PET/CT has emerged as one of the fastest growing modalities worldwide according to the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology.
As radiologists, we use many types (modalities) of imaging technology to learn more about how the human body is working without having to resort to surgery. These include: X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and positron emission tomography (PET) scans as well as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Regarding this last modality, the idea of using magnets to look at electrically charged particles inside the human body was once ridiculed as crazy. Today, MRI is used in thousands of locations around the world to help radiologists and other health care professionals better understand the human body.
On July 3, 1977, a machine built around a giant magnet took crude images of a test patient’s chest, including the heart and lungs. This marked the first-ever use of a machine to scan the body for signs of cancer. The machine, called Indomitable, was the first human scanner and earliest MRI technology.