Wondering What Became of the Fluoroscopy Safety Rule? Texas Fluoroscopic Radiation Safety Update The Texas Administrative Code Part 289.227 went into effect on May 1, 2013 requiring classroom training for physicians performing Fluoroscopically Guided Interventional (FGI) procedures because of the increased use of fluoroscopy and the resultant radiation injuries. Multiple studies across the United States documented the increase in the utilization of imaging procedures and … Continue reading Wondering What Became of the Fluoroscopy Safety Rule?
While I was busy growing up, the US Army Corps of Engineers was building a nuclear powered research center 800 miles from the North Pole in Greenland. In this climatically hostile environment which features a mean temperature of minus ten degrees F and has recorded temperatures of minus 70 degrees and 125 mph wind, they built an underground city powered by a portable nuclear reactor. … Continue reading Radioactive Waste at Secret Nuclear Site in Danger?
Radiation Exposure is a subject that carries a ton of extra philosophical baggage. To many folks, it is an emotional issue. The public hears two opinions about radiation effects. The first says that all radiation is harmful and should be avoided whatever the cost. This group worries about our population exposure as a whole, and what type of genetic damage our children are receiving. Secondly, … Continue reading What’s the Truth About Radiation Exposure?
One of my favorite late night shows was Jay Leno and his segments on “Jaywalking” This segment had Jay going to a public park or boardwalk and interviewing people with common questions. The questions were generally current events, current politics, or some common knowledge such as the capital of a state, or my favorite Question: “Why did women burn their bras in the ‘60”s (meaning … Continue reading Is It Apathy or Is It Ignorance?
So here I sit on New Year’s Eve contemplating this year of 2014. I will not be sad to leave it behind and as the eternal optimist I look forward to a better year in 2015. It’s a surprise that we can get up every morning if we listen to the media. So much hate, so much violence, so much war, so much obesity, so … Continue reading Bang Head Here!
Several of my friends, independently, have told me their stories about their experiences with Obamacare. All the stories are similar in many ways and entail recounting of large deductibles and small coverage. The news media has recounted different stories, each with a different problem, but basically all with the same theme. My favorite of the most recent ones in my realm is of a wife … Continue reading Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?
If you have been a patient in any health care situation recently, you have experienced a denial of some type of medical care. It could have been a procedure that was not approved, a diagnostic test that someone determined was not necessary, or more likely a medication that was not on your approved list. Health care is changing rapidly and even though you have not … Continue reading The Patient’s Rights and the 5 ”Rights” of Imaging
The aftermath of Angelina Jolie’s announcement on May 14 has sent the telephones at genetic, cancer and breast centers ringing off the wall. FORCE, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, reported calls to their hotline quadrupled within 36 hours. Multiple Genetic Centers from around the country said they could not answer all the phone calls. … Continue reading Genetic Counselors and Breast Centers Overwhelmed with Phone Calls after Jolie’s Announcement
Can You Believe it? A Hospital Has Said Only Thin People Can Work Here! It is NOT illegal. Just as smoking has become a condition for not hiring, a Texas hospital has said that it is not going to hire anybody –doctors, healthcare staff, nurses—who are overweight. If your BMI is over 35 you cannot get hired. And this does not violate your civil rights. … Continue reading Can You Believe It? Hospital Denies Employment Because of Weight
AHEC and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Training Officer and Contracting Officer had their “kickoff” meeting today for the new award announced last week. Advanced Health will be presenting up to 8 classes per year for NRC and state radiation control personnel. The purpose of the classes will be to teach the clinical aspects of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine and Brachytherapy, Gamma Knife and Emerging … Continue reading NRC AWARD “Kickoff” Meeting