Demanding Proper Healthcare for Veterans

A recent Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposal (AP44) will try to cut costs on VA healthcare by granting all advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) full practice authority over veterans, without the supervision of qualified physicians. This includes the authority to “order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies.”

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5 Things You Might Not Know about X-Rays

From the moment they were unexpectedly observed by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895, X-rays have been a mystifying and powerful force, able to reveal what’s underneath our skin, as well as what lies in the black of outer space, and more. As illuminating as they are dangerous, X-rays have given us advancements in numerous sciences, but not without taking some hair and skin off would-be experimenters in the process. Here are five things you might not know about X-rays.

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Purchase Value, Not Price

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Bargains aren’t always defined as paying the lowest possible price up front. In fact, skimping in some cases might actually lead to higher costs in the long run. When it comes to x-ray and radiography equipment, you can’t afford to take whatever you can get. Your patients and their loved ones depend on you to offer up accurate diagnoses and progress reports. The right treatment requires the right machine for the job – not the most inexpensive one.

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What to Keep in Mind When Caring for Imaging Equipment


The winter holidays are right around the corner. Injuries related to unseen icy patches, decorating, candles and fires, and even toys typically spike this time of year, leading to an influx of patients requiring emergency medical care – which frequently includes x-rays and other imaging options. Simply having a state-of-the-art machine in your facilities is not enough; keeping equipment clean, calibrated and properly maintained helps reduce unnecessary wear and tear and, most importantly, plays a major role in preventing misdiagnoses.

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Using X-Rays in the Diagnostic Process


Since x-ray machines were first invented in 1895, they have allowed doctors to diagnose and treat patients with a level of precision that was previously impossible. Military doctors were some of the first to start using x-ray machines, and found them invaluable for locating and removing bullets and shrapnel from wounded soldiers. Today, radiographic images continue as a crucial component of many diagnostic processes, particularly in cases requiring immediate treatment, like broken bones and pneumonia.

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Radiologists Engaging with Patients


Want to improve your radiographic care? A face-to-face, openly communicative relationship between medical professionals and their patients is an essential part of quality healthcare, and specialists and technicians, not just general practitioners, should include meetings with their patients as part of the diagnostic and treatment process.

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Which Type of X-ray Is Right for You?

Not all types of x-ray machines are created equal. In fact, one of the fastest-growing sectors of modern medicine is mobile and portable x-ray machines. These permanent fixtures are commonplace in imaging centers, but not every facility has the ability to house such a durable, difficult-to-relocate machine. That’s where portable and mobile x-ray machines come into play.

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