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Health Tip: Getting an X-Ray During Pregnancy

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- X-rays provide important insight to doctors trying to diagnose a bone problem. But there are some risks associated with exposure to radiation. However, the risks of avoiding an X-ray are likely to be greater than the small risk of having one. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests these ways to minimize your risk: Always tell your doctor if you are pregnant, or could be pregnant. If you are pregnant and an older sibling needs an X-ray, don't hold the child during the procedure. If your doctor orders an X-ray but you've had one recently, tell your doctor. You might not need another. Talk to your doctor about why you need an X-ray and your concerns about risks during pregnancy. Read more

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Study: Trained Experts Can Spot Breast Cancer in 'Blink of an Eye'

Posted 29 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 – Trained radiologists can identify abnormal mammograms in a half-second, a new study says. The experiments by American and British researchers confirm anecdotes about experienced radiologists' ability to quickly determine when a breast X-ray is suspicious. While radiologists would never spend only a half-second to assess a real mammogram, these results suggest there are detectable signs of breast cancer that radiologists notice immediately, the study authors said. "Radiologists can have 'hunches' after a first look at a mammogram. We found that these hunches are based on something real in the images," study senior author Jeremy Wolfe said. "It's really striking that in the blink of an eye, an expert can pick up on something about that mammogram that indicates abnormality." Wolfe heads the Visual Attention Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is a ... Read more

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