Last week's CDC report, "Health, United States, 2009" confirms that Americans are increasingly turning to medications, scans, and procedures to improve their health. Exercising, eating right, and weight loss: not so much.
British scientists have discovered "cognition" in a vegetative patient. This may encourage some at the "natural death" end of the pro-life spectrum. But I find it more to be a sign of our cultural denial of death than an affirmation of life.
Studies have shown that a relaxed patient helps to achieve success in imaging; a winning experience for both patients and doctors. Think "simplicity" and "utility" in planning and everyone involved benefits.
Recently, a police officer underwent two surgeries including a partial knee replacement . When he walked he had severe pain and would hear a "popping noise." He also had trouble walking, even with a cane.
Their expertise increases the potential of capturing the right image for the clinical concern and even more importantly their interpretation of that image is without motivation to suggest surgery or intervention.