What is 3D Fetal Ultrasound?

3D ultrasoundOver a span of more than 35 years, the field of obstetrics has utilized ultrasound technology. A countless number of these procedures have been performed on over three generations of women. This non-invasive method, with its numerous benefits, has been confirmed to hold no adverse effects. In fact, according to the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the levels of energy used in ultrasound produce little, if any at all, effects on the developing fetus.

The Advantages of Ultrasound Imaging Technology

Ultrasound’s many valuable advantages include not only finding abnormalities in the fetus, but also often result in positive psychological results from expecting women. When mothers-to-be actually see the developing life within them, such highly beneficial changes that may be necessary, such as smoking cessation or adhering to a healthy diet, very often successfully occur.

Travel Radiology for Hospitals and Clinics

Because of rapid advancements in many fields of medicine, hospitals, clinics, companies who employ medical staff, and other entities find themselves in almost desperate need for quality personnel, and the need for radiologists is increasing. As a result, the radiology professional willing to travel is finding lucrative opportunities or employment. With fewer techs in certain areas of the country that have the experience and knowledge to handle radiology care, hospitals and other places that hire this type of professional have now begun requesting them to come to where their institution or company is located – and the demand is continuing to increase daily.

Some Like It, Some Don’t

For those in the field of radiology, traveling to work may be requested of you. While some may reject the idea, many find the idea very appealing by viewing it as an opportunity to provide help where it’s most needed while giving them the ability to see parts of the country they’ve never seen before and perhaps never would without doing it this way.

Working Through Agencies

Behavioral Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep is vital to human life. Sleep regenerates certain parts of the body, most critically, the brain. In the rush of today’s society, in which every corner is often cut in order to accomplish more and more, it would serve us well to take a closer look at just how important sleep is to our lives. We need to consider if we’re gaining anything, if not actually losing, when we try to do twice as much with half as much sleep.

With Muscles, Not So Bad; With the Brain, A Big No-No

The regeneration of muscles occurs even when we are not actually sleeping, but merely resting without losing consciousness. Neurons in the brain, however, begin malfunctioning after abnormally long periods of wakefulness. The malfunction of these neurons in the brain can and do affect behavior.

Specific stages of sleep rejuvenate cerebral cortex neurons, while the formation of new memories and the generation of new synaptic connections are functions performed by other sleep stages. Tests that evaluate the effects of sleep deprivation on our behavior have been done to determine activity in different areas of the cerebral cortex.

Temporal Lobe Malfunctions

Living with a Defibrillator Implant

People who have had heart attacks, dangerously irregular heartbeats, or other cardiac problems may have had a device known as a “defibrillator” implanted near their heart in order to keep it beating regularly. Although no “quick fix,” defibrillators do offer a measure of comfort and security to many who have had the surgery. Here are a few case histories of real people who have had the surgery and now tell others about how it has improved their lives.

A Young Mother

After having been diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia and Long QT syndrome, one young woman elected to take her doctor’s advice to have a defibrillator implanted after 11 years of therapy solely through a drug regimen. She received the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) when she was 30 years old. Two years later, she gave birth to a healthy baby daughter. A remote monitoring device specially designed for cardiac patients has also added to the quality of life to this young mother.

Schools for Radiology and Ultrasound Training

Radiology is the medical specialty of imaging using x-rays, and ultrasound is a sub-specialty of radiology. Many schools require students to have a background in radiology before going on to specializing in the field of ultrasound, but some schools do not have this requirement.

Below you’ll find some schools across the United States that offer either certificates or degrees in radiology and/or ultrasound. Read on to find out more about a few of these schools, where they are located, contact information, and other pertinent information.

Covenant Health System

The radiologic technology program at Covenant Health System provides 24 months of comprehensive instruction leading to certification eligibility from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART). Additional areas of radiologic studies that can be pursued through further training include ultrasound, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and others.

Academic and hands-on clinical education is given through this program at five affiliates that include HealthPlus, Lubbock Diagnostic Center, Covenant Hospital Levelland, Lubbock Radiology Associates, and the Medical Office Building.

Phillips HeartStart MRx Defibrillator


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For Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and hospital healthcare workers, Philips claims its HeartStart MRx defibrillator proves to be best in its class with regard to all its advantages. Touted as an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) device that operates the longest on battery power, Philips also advertises that its machine gives the biggest color display, and provides the quickest shock time over any other similar machine on the market.

Inhaler Vs. Nebulizer Treatments in Hospital Settings

The chances are high that if you are a sufferer of asthma or are the parent of an asthmatic child, you and/or your childs health care provider has recommended the use of a nebulizer over that of an inhaler, except in what is called “rescue” situations.

Albuterol, metaproterenol, and terbutaline are three drugs commonly used to treat asthma as well as other respiratory problems such as bronchial obstruction. In emergency room and other hospital settings, these drugs are normally diluted with saline solution and dispensed by a nebulizer.

Tubeless Insulin Pumps?

OmniPod tubeless insulin pump systemA new tubelesss insulin pump is improving the health and quality of life for diabetes type 1 sufferers. The OmniPod Insulin Management System from Insulet Corporation has been approved for use by the FDA since January 2005 and is available now.

Advocated by diabetes specialists as the most effective treatment for patients taking insulin, insulin pump therapy has been shown through clinical studies to reduce risks of long-term complication, by up to 76%. Also known as continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion therapy (CSII), it lets patients fine-tune their insulin dosing, and frees them from the pain and aggravation of daily multiple injections.

While using lower doses of insulin, CSII offers more reliable glycemic control. It also lowers both blood glucose level swings, and the risk of hypoglycemia events.