Taking MRI’s

Did you know that a recent study by Kuhn et. al. says that spine specialists should not take some MRI’s lying down? The existence or extent of degenerative spondylolisthesis, a common and often painful spine condition may be more accurately diagnosed with patients in a standing position. According to a “Best Paper” presented at the … Continued

Radiation Exposure

Do you know what your radiation exposure risk is? Radiation exposure is commonly measured in millisieverts (mSv). An exposure of >20 mSv is considered high, while >3 mSv to 20 mSv is considered moderate. We all receive about 3 mSv of exposure annually to background radiation. Here are some standardized radiation dose estimates given for … Continued

Young Athletes and Radiation

Why are young athletes more sensitive to radiation than adults? Here are 2 theories: Because children are growing more rapidly, there are more cells dividing and a greater opportunity for radiation to disrupt the process. Most young patients have many years of life expectancy ahead of them and the lifetime risk of cancer increases as … Continued