The History and Future of X-ray Technology

The history of X-ray technology is fascinating. Understanding how one discovery built upon another, and how subsequent research was conducted in order to realize the full potential X-ray technology, gives you a sense of how far the medical community has come in the diagnosis and treatment of everything from minor sprains to killer diseases such as pneumonia.

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X-ray Radiation Safety

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Even though they aren’t directly being tested, radiographers and other medical imaging employees are still susceptible to increased levels of radiation. Because increased radiation exposure happens on a day in, day out basis for them – it’s especially important that they be properly trained for safety protocols.

How Much Radiation Is in an X-ray?

What many patients don’t realize is that radiation is a naturally-occurring process that happens in the environment, in the ground and in space. Everyone is affected by natural background radiation, every day. Most people do not experience health complications from average radiation exposure.

X-rays emit high levels of radiation all at once, and these levels can equate to days (even years) of background radiation. To get a good understanding of how much radiation an X-ray emits to a patient, here’s how X-ray radiation doses compare to naturally-occurring background radiation doses:

  • Chest X-ray = about 2.5 days of natural radiation
  • Skull X-ray = about 12 days of natural radiation
  • Spine X-ray = about 182 days of natural radiation
  • CT head scan = about 243 days of natural radiation
  • G.I. exam = about 2 years of natural radiation

Keep in mind, those numbers apply to patients; radiographers are more protected. Several X-rays over a patient’s lifetime are not going to have a noticeable impact on his or her health.

Radiology Employees and Radiation

Radiation protection protocols have been in place in the radiological field for decades. As outlined in the Radiation Control Act of 1961, employers in this field must develop and implement procedures to monitor employee radiation exposure. The procedures include the use of up-to-date training materials, protective devices (i.e., lead aprons, thyroid shields, lead screens) and personal dosimeters or digital monitoring badges.

Radiographers, technicians, nurses and radiologists must wear a dosimeter at all times while working with X-ray machines. The dosimeter measures and reports radiation exposure. Most radiology professionals receive far less radiation exposure than their patients; most dosimeters come back with negligible readings each month because standard radiation protection protocols are observed.

All Star X-ray’s Commitment to Safety

When working around X-ray machines, it goes without saying that employers should enforce the procedures and that every employee should take ownership of his or her own safety.

All Star X-ray believes in maintaining the same standards for certification as required by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). With potential deregulation on the horizon from the Medical Radiology Board, primarily being pushed by the Sunset Advisory Commission, many radiologists and X-ray technicians could face a less qualified workforce in the future…which can ultimately be harmful to future patients.

Learn more about why you should choose All Star X-ray for your imaging services.

 

Conventional vs. Digital Radiography

In the medical world, digital radiography is certainly growing in popularity over conventional film technologies. As digital radiography options decrease in price, more clinics and private practices are enjoying access to enhanced image quality. Image quality and portability are two big reasons we believe healthcare practitioners seeking faster, higher-quality imaging should explore the option of digital radiography.

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The Pet Threat: Why Pets Need X-rays

Why should you have your pet X-rayed? Because X-ray imaging is the most effective and least invasive way to make sure your pet is as healthy on the inside as he or she appears on the outside. X-rays reveal and help diagnose health issues that we humans are otherwise not able to see, and certainly our barking and meowing friends cannot bring to our attention.

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How To: Find the Best NCT Course for You

If there’s an industry that is highly dependent on proper education, it’s the medical industry. And it’s no different for radiologists. This is why it can get overwhelming for those who aspire to be in the industry. Among the many questions are “How will I choose the right NCT course?” and “How do I know which one will benefit me the most?”

Here are three things to look for when choosing an NCT course:

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When Is the Right Time for New X-ray Equipment?

Now that we’ve passed into the new year, healthcare professionals have a prime opportunity to re-devote themselves to their patients, drawing up new goals about how to provide better care. With so many clinics, private practices and hospitals rethinking their budgets, now is the best time to invest in some of the updated radiography and X-ray machines that are on the market right now.
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Provide Better Value. Get Bigger Savings.

It’s the perpetual conundrum. Save money? Or spend more and get more reliable radiography equipment? Choosing between budget and peace of mind is never an easy decision, and there’s not always a clear solution. However, this time of year your practice can actually pull off both! Before the new year begins, dedicate yourself to serving your patients and protecting your bottom line. (Yes, you can do it without skimping on diagnosis and treatment!)

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Should Radiologists Have More Face Time with Patients?

The American College of Radiology (both the associated journal and the leadership) has been making a major push toward encouraging radiologists to spend more face time with their patients. Despite technological improvements, professionals in this particular corner of healthcare have an unfortunate reputation for being isolated and impersonal. A lack of visibility is hamstringing the radiology industry and it needs to be stopped.

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The Best Way to Stop Breast Cancer

Every October, there’s one health issue everybody is focused on: breast cancer. The success of Breast Cancer Awareness Month lies in the fact that it reminds men and women to visit a doctor for cancer screenings – just to be safe.

Breast cancer screenings lower the death rate of the devastating disease by up to 30 percent. Research unequivocally indicates that catching lumps before they grow or spread is the most effective strategy for treatment.

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