March 8, 1999 |
Discovered accidentally about a century ago by German scientist Wilhelm Roentgen, X-ray pictures are one of medicine's most important diagnostic tools. They are used to detect injuries to the bones, such as breaks and dislocations, and to monitor the patients' recovery from such injuries. Chest X-rays help doctors look at your heart and lungs, and to confirm a diagnosis of pneumonia, a collapsed lung or lung cancer. And, of course, dentists use them frequently.
August 13, 2012 |
X-rays were negative on Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson's bruised left hand Monday, and he said he expects to be able to make his next start. Wilson had to leave Monday's 6-2 loss to Cleveland in the seventh inning after he tried to catch a line drive with his bare hand. He did not make the catch and instead hurt his pitching hand in the process. "It's just a little discolored," said Wilson (9-9), who is winless in his last nine starts. Wilson gave up three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. His team, meanwhile, lost for the ninth time in 12 games. "It's been rough," Wilson said, "because our thought process is, 'OK, it's going to turn around.
July 31, 2006 |
More and more obese people are unable to get full medical care because they are either too big to fit into scanners, or their fat is too dense for X-rays or sound waves to penetrate. Radiologists have their own term for it when writing up reports: "These images are limited due to body habitus." Dr. Raul Uppot, a radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues looked for this phrase in radiology reports from 1989 to 2003.
July 3, 2006 |
X-rays may greatly raise the risk of breast cancer in women who are genetically susceptible to the disease, researchers have reported. Their study of women with genetic mutations known to cause breast cancer showed that having a chest X-ray could double or even triple that risk. The findings don't make clear which kind of chest X-rays pose the greater risk, said Dr. David Goldgar of the University of Utah School of Medicine, who helped lead the research.
April 28, 2004 |
Dental X-rays during pregnancy can significantly impair the health of a fetus even though it does not receive radiation directly, according to researchers at the University of Washington. Pregnant women exposed to dental radiation were nearly four times as likely to have a baby with a low birth weight, even though their pregnancies were full term, the team reports today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
November 9, 1992 |
Researchers experimenting with a new X-ray method have successfully identified life-threatening cracks in heart valves, suggesting new hope for thousands who live with the potentially defective devices implanted within them, Shiley Inc. of Irvine announced Sunday. Shiley officials were cautious about spreading undue optimism over the success of the procedure, saying that the full extent of the studies will not be completed until late next year. Surgeons at a Michigan hospital removed Marion F.