X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. In a health care setting, a machines sends are individual x-ray particles, called photons. These particles pass through the body. A computer or special film is used to record the images that are created.
Structures that are dense (such as bone) will block most of the x-ray particles, and will appear white. Metal and contrast media (special dye used to highlight areas of the body) will also appear white. Structures containing air will be black, and muscle, fat, and fluid will appear as shades of gray.
How the test is performed
The test is performed in a hospital radiology department or in the health care provider's office by an x-ray technologist. The positioning of the patient, x-ray machine, and film depends on the type of study and area of interest. Multiple individual views may be requested.
Much like conventional photography, mot...
More than three fourths (78%) of American adults age 21 or older have had one or more problems with their feet at some time in their lives, according to the National Foot Health Assessment 2012 1 . While Ankle Sprains top the list of problems we have experienced, among the top five after Sprains are Blisters (anywhere on the foot), Calluses, Foot Fatigue, Cracked Skin, and Athlete’s Foot. Women in general are more likely than men to suffer from problems with their feet and significantly more likely than men to report suffering from Calluses, Foot Fatigue, Cracked Skin, Ingrown toenails, Blisters, Swelling, Plantar Fasciitis, and Corns. While nearly one in five (16%) consider the health of their feet to be “excellent,” about half of those adults interviewed (54%) were currently experiencing at least one of the foot ailments listed in the survey. While most people only experience mild to moderate pain, as self-reported in this research, there are those...
Knowing what is available is sometimes half the battle when it comes to feeling better. The other half of the battle is avoiding the many gimmicks and scams that prey on people with chronic pain. Occasionally, you might run across something that really works for you, but doesn't work for your neighbor. Eventually, some items collect in the closet and accumulate a thick layer of dust. Because no one wants a closet full of unwanted items, it pays to be smart consumer and do some research. One reliable source of good products that are well selected is FootSmart.com . In fact, I keep a copy of this catalog in my office to show folks some possible solutions for pain relief.
Here is a list of recommended products that my tester (my mother) and I have put together. We give them the thumbs up when it comes to pain relief.
1. Merrel Q-Form Encore Breeze : My mom lives in these shoes. With foot pain and back pain, she has found these indispensable for daily use. She says that th...
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