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How Much Does Telemedicine Cost?

Telemedicine, as with many tech fields, can be spoken of in many different terms when it comes to cost. In one sense, telemedical equipment of the most functional variety – take-home wireless routers that connect to medical peripherals designed to beam your vital statistics directly to your doctor – are still somewhere between 'too expensive' and 'insanely expensive,' at least from the perspective of a home buyer.

But in another sense, telemedical costs are absurdly low compared to traditional medical expenses. According to a survey by, for example, the average telemedical teleconference for a minor medical issue costs an average of $ 45 – compared to an ER visit for the same minor issue, which can run up to multiple thousands of dollars just for having a patient wait in bed for a few hours while a doctor gets around to them.

Equipment Is the Difference

The big cost difference is in equipment. On the one hand, most Americans already have the two most basic elements of telemedical communication: a phone and an email account. Many have the 'advanced toolset' – a webcam, a microphone, an Internet connection, and possibly a smartphone or tablet. Setting up a system to take advantage of these preexisting tools can be quite inexpensive without sacrificing much utility – just the cost of some software that can be easily installed by a patient on their home computer to allow for secure videoconferencing.

On the other hand, those last few percentage points of utility are remarkably pricey. It's one thing to monitor your post-operation patient's recovery process with a five-minute videoconference on Skype – it's absolutely another to loan them a 'medical watch' that will automatically update you if they suffer a significant fever, elevated heart rate, or other significant deviation from the standard vital signs. That can cost several hundred dollars per patient per month – which still might save you money compared to an ER visit, but it's a high initial investment.

The Security Question

The largest reason a facility may choose to go for the proprietary equipment rather than reliably on a patient's existing devices? HIPAA. Privacy laws are a huge challenge to telemedicine; as necessary as they are (and they are necessary!), there are very few consumer-level wireless devices that offer a level of encryption that satisfy HIPAA regulations. Using one for any form of record that would end up on the patient's medical records is that a legal quicksand that few practices are interested in getting stuck in.

But Who Will Pay For It?

That is the big question – despite a federal initiative to support telehealth services for all Americans, there are still only 22 states that require insurance carriers to return physicians doctors for telemedical services and traditional services. Most others are unregulated, meaning it's completely possible for a doctor to provide telemedicine services to a patient and have to bill them directly (or absorb the cost themselves.) In a few – most notably Idaho – telemedicine is not just 'an open question, 'it's actually completely illegal!

Neverheless, every passing month seems to bring several telemedicine bills in front of various state legislatures. Experts agree that remote health is a field that is inevitable – it's just a question of how long it will take for the most stubborn states to catch on.

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How Do I Choose Between Hospitals?

All hospitals are not created equally. Research shows that some hospitals simply do a better job than others. The following questions can help you make the best choice. Perhaps your current health insurance plan or doctor may limit your choice, but keep these questions in mind when you are prepared for a change.

Does it meet national quality standards?

To ensure that meet certain quality standards, hospitals can choose to be surveyed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The standards address the staff, equipment, and the facility's success in treating and curing patients. If standards are met, the facility will receive accreditation and is subject to reviews every three years. The performance reports are published and include suggestions for improvement, a comparison to national results, and results of any previous follow-up activities.

How does it compare with other facilities in my area?

States and consumer groups develop report cards for clinics to help patients make informed decisions about their health care. Additionally, these report cards encourage the facilities to improve the value of their care. Several states have laws that require health care providers to report data on the attributes of their caregiving. This information is then made public to consumers so they can perform comparisons. Other consumer groups publish their own guides to health care choices in various cities.

Is the facility in my network?

Most insurance companies have coverage restrictions, so you'll need to be sure where you choose is in your network of approved hospitals. If your costs are not covered by insurance, you would have to seek other ways to pay for your treatment. Keep in mind that when selecting a physician and / or health plan, that you should report to a doctor in your network.

Does the facility have doctors experienced with my condition?

General hospitals handle a wide range of medical conditions, from broken bones to pneumonia. Special facilities have much more experience with specific conditions, such as cancer, or with specific groups, such as pediatrics. When choosing a hospital, check and see if they have specialists who know about your specific condition. You do not want to see a general practitioner for a specialized condition.

You may be able to choose different locations based on your needs: one for gallbladder surgery, another for heart conditions, and a separate one for your children. Of course, it's always nice to find a hospital that can cover all your needs at one convenient location.

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Improving the Quality of Care With Employee Engagement

The July 2014 edition of MGMA Connection listed the top ten challenges in healthcare today as identified by the Medical Group Manager's Association (MGMA) annual 'Medical Practice Today' survey. The top four challenges identified are:

1. Preparing for the transition to ICD-10 diagnosis coding

2. Dealing with rising operating costs

3. Preparing for reimbursements models that place a greater share of financial risk on the practice

4. Preparing for value-based payments

As the article pointed out, the challenges at this time seem overwhelming. The number of changes that physicists providers and practices face seems to be the most intense and demanding in quite some time. The article then lists many resources that are available to MGMA members. These resources include webinars, books, and conferences.

At the root of solving the problems and challenges are employees, managers, clinicians and consultants engaged in designing and implementing new processes, new health information technology and new programs. Often the solutions come from executives and managers, sometimes with the aide of an outside consultant. This source of solutions is sometimes necessary. For instance, it will be necessary for a team of executives to direct the overall implementation of ICD-10. For a small physician practice this could have been a physician and the office manager. Larger offices will include a broader representation of office staff.

One strategy that is often overlooked in creating the best solutions for the challenges is the engagement of front-line employees in identifying and implementing incremental improvements. That is, staff is engaged in continuous quality improvement activities. For example, management can ask staff to improve the training process for ICD-10 coding or ask the clinical staff what population level measures would best help them in improving the quality of care.

At the heart of engaging employees is a high performance idea system. Such a system encourages employees to submit ideas that will meet the goals set up by management. For example, management can ask employees to focus on finding ways to engage patients more. High performance idea systems generate and implement about 12 to 20 ideas per employee per year. As long as management makes clear what the foci of ideas are, about 95% of the ideas are implemented in the best practices.

Ideas focused upon improving the quality of care are introduced by staff during regular short meetings. These meetings may be once or twice a week or more often. Staff that meets once a week may want to meet for one-half hour. Not only are ideas for incremental changes introduced in these meetings, they are also adopted in the meetings. As long as a solution to a problem involves only those on the team, there is no need to seek higher approval for a solution. Rather the team leader gets the team members to modify and improve the recommended improvement if needed and then adopt it as part of each team member's work. Such a strategy for adopting incremental changes recommended by front-line employees allows an organization to implement a great number of ideas each year from each employee. Implementation of ideas of improvement of care and work is not bogged down waiting for administrative approval.

Another key principle of using front line staff to continuously improve the quality of care and work in incremental steps is holding staff and management accountable for following through with the solutions. It is necessary for team leaders to see to it that new processes and solutions are adopted by affected staff. In order to do this, leaders will need to observe team members at work and also collect relevant data about the success of the solutions. Not all implemented ideas will lead to success.

Adopting this strategy to help a provider meet its challenges can be very difficult. Most of the time, the strategy of using front-line employees in a high performance idea system to implement solutions requires a dramatic culture change. Most healthcare providers, indeed most businesses, use management driven improvement. Management simply does not trust front-line staff to create and implement changes on their own without significant supervision.

Another adequacy in using only management to create solutions besides their lack of trust in using staff is their limited point of view. Managers often are not engaged in the work of their staff; so they are removed from the day-to-day work routines of their staff. This removal means that they will not be able to generate as many solutions to problems as the staff or to generate as effective as solutions, generally. Keep in mind, though, that management is responsible for directing the focus of creating solutions.

At one hospital where I was helping management and staff found a solution to problems associated with patient admissions, staff had been creating work around solutions to the problems that were facing in recording the number of empty beds available. Management had a software-based solution for this process. It simply was inaccurate. Admissions could never be sure exactly how many beds were available, often creating wait times for admissions of patients. I worked with staff and their managers to create a solution that was effective, accurate and simple to implement. Better yet, it was a very low cost solution.

Using staff to create solutions to difficult challenges is part of a lean healthcare program. This approach to providing the best care at lower cost has been adopted by the University of Michigan Healthcare System. In fact, they offer lean training conferences to other providers in Ann Arbor. (I attended one of these week long offerings and was very impressed; providers from all over the world attended the conference). The adoption of this approach has helped the University Healthcare System become recognized by Becker's Hospital Review as one of the 100 best hospital systems in the United States in 2014.

I am sure that the challenges that you as a provider face seem overwhelming. The challenges listed in the MGMA survey are just a few of the many. Some of the challenges may be unique to your practice site. Engaging staff in providing solutions has been shown to be an effective tool in overcoming the challenges if the process of engaging the staff uses the principles set forth in lean programs and as I have discussed.

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Is the Problem Caused by a Vaccine?

Recently the media “hot” topic of the news cycle was about “measles vaccines” and how many children were without the vaccines and the alarming increase of cases cases. A few children, about 1 in a 1000, develop a “neurodevelopment disorder” called autism, which usually manifests itself starting at about age 2. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to, impaired social interaction, verbal, and non-verbal communications just to name a few. Autism is believed by some to be inheritable and by others to be strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects. It's clear that some parents may be related to vaccinate their children because they fear the vaccinations may cause autism in their children.

The debate rages, but no one is asking “what caused the autism”? Doctors avow the safety of the vaccines, and they may be 100% right. Parents with an autistic child may declare that vaccinations cause the problem, and they may be 100% right. Just the other day, a mother related to a TV audience, two hours after receiving a vaccination at the doctor's office her child was displaying signs of autism. Naturally, she assumed the vaccine caused the autistic symptoms, but the symptoms could have been triggered by another of the ingredients in the vaccine or triggered adversely by the child's DNA.

The point is that the medical field, or the health industry, has a lot of unanswered questions that will only be answered with more research. That research, to be effective, must be free of politically motivated government regulations and unburdened of onerous health insurance programs that have no chance to improve American's health. The truth is that the Affordable Care Act was forced on the American people by political shenanigans, made worse by political lies, which then led to unrealistic expectations by the Americans people.

A large number of health insurance policies do not cover autistic symptoms; ostensibly because it can not be proved that a person is born with autism. Recently, in my home state, the governor signed a law forcing health insurance companies to provide coverage for autistic children. Now our insurance premiums will increase because insurance companies do not provide extra coverage on anything for free. To me it's just another example of government interference in the health industry and really does not provide any meaningful health benefits for those who really need medical answers. I've said it before and I'll keep saying it, the health services under the current system are at least seventy percent over-priced, if anyone can even figure out what the actual prices are. The current health system does nothing but en-rich the health insurance companies, en-rich the lawyers, and buy votes for politicians, and it's a shame we allow this to happen.

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Medical Billing Service a Top Concern for Many Physicians

Healthcare is a hot topic in the United States and has been so for many decades.

It is estimated that America's estimated 318 million people made over a billion visits to doctors; that's about three visits per every child, man, and woman, putting the country's healthcare cost in 2014 at an astounding $ 4 trillion.

The cost is likely to increase for at least two reasons. First, the number of Americans getting older is increasing every day, so making it more probable that people would be visiting doctors even more. Second, the most common diagnosis after visits to a doctor is reportedly hypertension. Given our lifestyle, that is likely not to improve any time soon.

Those realities point to gigantic physician billing and ambulatory surgery center billing in the coming years, mandating more intensive physician billing service requirements.

Those stark facts have created serious dilemmas for many doctors around the country. Physician and other health provider operations are run just like any other business. They need to make profits by increasing revenues or keeping in check, if not decreasing, operating costs.

That is hard to do for most doctors and clinics given the overwhelming administrative load and cost involved in treating patients. That's why most healthcare providers go to one of the top medical billing companies that, essentially, take the medical records, turn them into proper codes using specialized software, and send them to insurance companies that would manage the payment.

Without the business is part of one of the many large physician practice management companies , it would be next to impossible for a healthcare provider to deal directly with the insurance company. Think of the process: when you go to a physician, a hospital, or an emergency center, an electronic health record is made of the visit, indicating, in simple terms, what you complained about, what the doctor diagnosed, or what further diagnosis was recommended, and what, if any, medication was recommended.

Those electronic records are then “translated” by medical coders and medical billers and that's one of the things that identifies best medical billing companies from the others. The better and faster staff they have, the more money they can save for doctors and other healthcare providers.

The US healthcare industry may be a trillion dollar industry, but many of the doctors and doctors running small to medium size businesses simply would not survive without such medical billing companies.

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Government-Run Health Care Cannot Work!

It would be GREAT if our government could successfully manage American's Health Care needs. I would be all in if the government guaranteed good health for everyone, and they were even remotely qualified to make such a guarantee. The truth is we all face different health issues at different ages. The recent health issues I faced were handled by doctors, hospitals, and nurses. I had made poor food and exercise choices and suffered a stroke because of those poor choices. Health professionals guided my recovery and no person from the government or from the health insurance company ever visited me while I was hospitalized or in recovery. The task of defining what a health care system looks should be determined by you and your doctor, not the health insurance companies, government, and lawyers that are currently the face of our health system.

The government, ie politicians, claim we all need health insurance, but who will pay for the premiums, co-pays, and not-covered illnesses and accidents? Will everyone enjoy good health because they a health insurance policy? Will everyone's health insurance be free since the ACA has mandated everyone own a policy regardless of their individual health needs or financial position? Basically, at gun-point, 'rhetorically speaking,' the government is forcing everyone to purchase health insurance? If legal, where will the money come from to pay the health insurance premiums, or the health professionals who diagnose our sicknesses? Where will the money come from to finance the equipment needed to diagnose and / or treat our health needs? Where will the money come from for the buildings needed to house the equipment and facilities for the infirmed? These are just a few of the questions I have for those who profess the government should be responsible for our individual health needs. The last time I checked the government did not have any money to pay for anything unless they taxed you and me to get it.

What, you mean we already have a government-run health care system? Is that why my taxes are so high? Is that why I read in the newspaper recently that the government is paying millions of dollars every year for fraudulent health care claims? Is that why doctors are leaving the government-run health system for the more efficient private practices? Is that why the government is making criminals out of Americans who would rather not purchase health insurance policies? Golly, I hope the government does a better job of running Obamacare than they did managing health needs for our veterans through the Veterans Administration.

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Practicality and Effectiveness of SOAP Notes

Are you acquainted with the implication of SOAP notes? Similarly, there is no doubt that superior SOAP notes are capable to be a lifesaver within malpractice proceedings or else third-party auditing. Medical doctors have most frequently reviewed a hundred malpractice cases in past decades or so, and one of the majorly difficult areas is bad documentation, it's much simpler to protect a case that has superior records. However, that's not the main purpose of the note.

It's a good benefit; however the purpose of SOAP notes is to have a proof of the patient's care so as to enhance the superior of care you provide now, as well as to aid if future care may be desirable. You are not heading for being able to consider, all of the details of the very last time you saw the patient. You require a record to be able to follow the patient's development.

The majorly widespread mistake made through doctors is lack of precise patient and encounter details. The note is not concerning amount, it's of worth. You may contain a very short note that includes every information you require, as well as a note of three-page that has not any of the vital information. It told you nothingly nothing.

Where was the ache?
How and when did it begin?
Was it steady or irregular?

Appropriate use of SOAP documentation and Chiropractic SOAP software may be; Patient had acute lower back pain, through referral right down the posterior left lower extremity towards the ankle. Devoid of detail, there's no means to evaluate the usefulness of healing.

One more common mistake in chiropractic documentation falls in the way of the plan segment. A number of providers keep objective finds, however never state those aspects. A number of providers utilize a pre-formatted checklist to assist them systematize their Chiropractic SOAP notes, that is a drawback in itself. They can contain a long catalog of orthopedic as well as neurologic tests, which may have no meaning into that patient's aspect. Individual tool that are able to make SOAP documentation simpler is voice recognition software. It's known that numerous electronic health reports will deem entries with software of voice-recognition, providing you the finest of all worlds.

To help determine if you've written a high-quality SOAP note, use the “dead doctor” tenet: If you get run over by a car the next day, might another doctor, coming in without any idea of ​​what's happening, comprehend what's off beam with the patient, if they are doing progress? That's an assessment of fine documentation.

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Chiropractic Billing Service: What You Need to Know

If you have been involved in the medical profession, then you must be familiar with the chiropractic billing service. The outsourcing of billing is a practice that is rather too common with the doctors of present era.

There is no argument over the fact that chiropractic services have a number of different benefits to offer. While mentioning all of such benefits that the services have to offer may be beyond the scope of this article, we have taken the liberty of mentioning a few of the conspicuous benefits that it has to offer in order to give you a better understanding of it.

Benefits Of Chiropractic Billing Services:

A few of the promoter benefits that such billing services have to offer may include and are not limited to the following:

• An enhanced income as well as collection
• A considerable reduction in stress
• Remarkable acceleration as far as payments are concerned
• A convenient mode of accessibility to not only the financial information but the patient data as well
• A completely transparent revenue cycle in which you are absolutely aware of where your money is
• A thorough reporting of not only the financial information but practice management as well
• Enhanced safety and protection since the entire process of billing is in the hands of professionals and highly skilled and specifically trained experts

Choosing A Chiropractic Billing Service:

There is no argument over the fact that choosing a particular chiropractic billing service is not an easy task. There are a number of things which are to be taken into consideration before end up choosing a particular billing service. Having said that, we have mentioned a few of such prominent aspects which must be taken into consideration in order to ensure that you do not end up throwing your money away when you hire a particular chiropractic billing service. Following are the features which must be offered:

• Chiropractic billing as well as collection
• Cooperation with insurance companies that ensures utilization of aggressive collection methods
• Maximum reimbursements as far as your services are concerned
• A customer service that is available at your disposal at all times and keeps its customers as the top most priority under all circumstances
• The exchange of information between 5 star and you must be absolutely efficient with no hurdles or hindrances what so ever

With an appropriate utilization of chiropractic billing services, the office expense is bound to go down to say the least. And another amusing fact is that all you need in order to benefit from such billing software is a computer system with a working internet connection. Furthermore, more often than not, no support fees or even charged updates are associated with such software or services. To put it simply, there absolutely are no additional or hidden charges associated with such services. With a proper market search, you would be able to find a chiropractic billing service that does not cost much and is still capable of coming up to your requirements as well.

Taking the above mentioned information into account, it is only fair to conclude that the number of benefits that chiropractic billing services have to offer is huge to say the least. If you have done your market research and have found a service that does not push you off the range of your budget while making no compromise over quality and meeting your requirements as well, then it can almost be taken for granted that you are going to relish the decision of choosing a particular chiropractic billing service. It is going to be worth every single penny that you end up spending on it.

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The Basics of Mobile X-Ray Systems

X-rays replaced medicine almost a century ago by providing a non-obstructive way to sense internal structures of the human body. But, x-rays still have constitutions: an x-ray can not figure out the body's soft tissues.

However, a new approach named the Mobile x-ray system developed by researchers and medical practitioners can radically transform the same, allowing the most detailed and superior quality images ever, including a clear image of soft tissues.

Mobile x-ray systems are innovative x-ray systems that help medical professionals capture improved x-ray images with less movement of patients. These x-ray machine set advanced standards for bedside imaging by providing excellent image quality for doctors, comfortable patient positioning, secured and easy movement of the system, and last but not the least, high productivity for technologists.

The mobile X-ray systems produce superior quality bedside x-ray images in less than 5 seconds. X-ray images displayed on this system can be easily transmitted through a wireless network to a PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System).

The advantages of using a mobile x-ray system are numerous. It makes it the responsibility of radiology professionals to positively thin down the particulars of what they are looking for in this advanced imaging technology. These advanced x-ray systems ensure radiologists that their processes will be efficient and effective in delivering excellent quality images, leading to better healthcare.

The advanced technology could make x-rays pervasive as of its higher resolution. The blend of mobility and wireless detectors makes these systems versatile in nature. In addition to vertical movements, these systems can also be moved horizontally up to 90 degrees. This allows making the assessment in an even easier manner.

Mobile x-ray machines are based on HF x-ray generation technology. These systems are compact, light-weight and can be transported from one room to another through elevators.

The common features of these systems are:

Significantly lower exposure aspects, ie radiation safety to both radiologists and patients

Eradication of motion objects due to lower Revelation time

Minor skin dose

With these mobile solutions, the radiography cabin can be brought to the patient's bedside. These portable x-ray machines offer optimized workflow and high productivity for any x-ray facility.

This is how the mobile x-ray systems along with their innovative features have completely revolutionized the medical imaging industry. You are now aware how superior quality images can be retrieved on the bedside in no time with these systems. However, you can learn more about imaging machines by visiting the official websites of various medical device companies.

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More Health Care Truths

In this article the question is: What determines your overall Health? The President of the United States would have you believe your health is dependent on you owning health insurance. But is your health really depend on you owning health insurance? In my book I define health insurance as “a financial plan that may or may not pay for your health needs.” I also contend in the book that owning health insurance does not guarantee you will enjoy better health. Let me refer a real-life example that happened a couple months ago. My cousin suffered a stroke that left one side of his body severely impaired. He lives alone, which complicates his recovery, and he has required hospitalization.

This is a good teaching moment, because the health insurance did not protect him from having a stroke. For now, his health insurance has been paying for his recovery but he has been informed that his policy is reaching its liability limits. To continue his rehabilitation he must decide either to pay cash for his rehab expenses, or give up his assets and rely on Medicaid for the rest of his life. An unconfirmed complication to his situation is a report that he is also problems with his eyesight because of the stroke.

Do you still think that the President, who engineered passage of the Affordable Care Act that will financially punish every American who does not own a health insurance policy. I personally do not believe he has the constitutional authorization to impede such a burden.

What should be of concern to every American, and especially the President, is being aware that health is individual to everyone. A few years ago I suffered a stroke and learned I was a diabetic. The stroke left me unable to walk normally, my speech is slurred, and my right hand has limited usefulness. Because of the diabetes, I have to be infected with insulin daily and I have to be careful what I eat. But those are my health concerns. What about your health concerns? What are the health issues you deal with now, or will you have to deal with in the future? See, our health issues were pre-determined at our birth, through the DNA created at our birth. How well we eat and exercise daily will favorably or un-favorably influence our DNA and by extension our overall health.

The individuals I have spoken with about our terrible health care system, and especially if they do not agree with me, usually ask what I would do to replace the current system. My answer is always the same: “There is no health care system that will work, if it includes the government.” The government has been involved in health care for almost fifty years and it has done nothing but get progressively worse, and that's the truth and I have lived through it.

In the near future I will be sharing the “economics” of the Affordable Care Act as seen through the eyes of an economist with no knowledge of how health care works. I think you will enjoy it.

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The X-Ray Procedure

What is X-ray?

X-ray is a procedure of producing images of internal body parts in a painless and secure manner. The procedure of x-ray examination is simple, but completely effective. It helps examine different body parts like fractured bones, be it in your arm or leg.

Other organs of the body can also be easily examined using an x-ray, which helps identify other issues with the body such as a diseases or infection in any body part.

Additionally, x-rays prove helpful when it comes to conducting a therapeutic procedure like coronary angioplasty. This aids in deciding the equipment to use to treat a particular area.

Working of X-Rays

X-rays are nothing, but one of the various forms of radiation, which is very much similar to the light energy. Nearesteless, as compared to x-ray, light energy has lower frequency and your skin tends to easily absorb the same.

Experts say that x-rays contain higher frequency, which is why they hold the potential to penetrate the human body. When this penetration happens, the energy particles dubbed photons get absorbed at varying levels. The x-ray images that come out display the pattern so formed.

Dense body parts like bones appear clearly on the x-ray images ie white in color, whereas less dense areas such tissues and lung appear dark or gray.

The procedure of X-ray

Radiographers or expert healthcare professionals carry out the procedure of x-ray after getting trained about the way to use imaging technology in the best manner. The imaging technology may vary from computerized tomography (CT) scanners to X-ray machines to ultrasound scanners, depending upon the body part to be tested.

When carrying out an x-ray, the patient is needed to either stretch out on a table or position on a flat surface, which lets their body part being tested to be placed between a photographic plate and the machine.

It is just for a fraction of a second that the x-ray tends to last. Once the photographic plate is hit by the x-ray, a snapshot of the picture is captured. Thereafter, the image gets shifted to a computer in order to be evaluated on a screen. This image may even be printed out if needed.

Safety in the procedure

However, very high radiation levels may prove extremely harmful for the patient. But, during a medical procedure, the dose of radiation is kept to a small level and then, the x-ray procedure proves to be safe.

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Benefits of Diagnostic Imaging Techniques

With the help of different diagnostic imaging techniques, the doctors may identify the cause of a disease or injury. These diagnostic machines are also helpful for doctors or physicians in ensuring if a diagnosis is appropriate or not. The diagnostic methods may combine magnetic resource imaging (MRI), x-rays and Computed Tomography or CT scans.

The techniques help doctors see what's happening inside the body of the patients. The doctor becomes able to locate your bones, nerves, muscles and other organs on the x-ray image. These images let the health specialists identify any kind of internal body problem or abnormality.

X-rays or Radiographs

Radiograph is one among those techniques of imaging that are most prevalent in all the areas of the medical field. The part of the patient's body that needs to be examined is placed between the machine and the photographic film. Electromagnetic waves pass through the body and the film is exposed so that the internal body part could be imaged. However, the radiation doses are typically kept at low, but doctors should take the necessary measures in case of pregnant women.

The x-ray images display the denser parts such as tumors or bones in white color, while the less dense areas such as soft tissues in dark or gray color. The reason being the radiation is easily absorbed by the religious areas, unlike the less strict areas which allow the radiation to pass through them.

The x-ray of the patient is generally spoken from varied angles. For an instance, if you get fractured in one limb, the other limit of yours may also be examined in order to compare it with the first one. It does not take the x-ray procedure more than 10 minutes to be carried out.

However, modern techniques have now surfaced into the picture, which provide for much more details than an x-ray.


CT scans are one of those high-tech techniques that provide a detailed image of the patient's body. Combining the computer technology with x-rays, CT scans help look at the size and shape as well as position of a particular body part, including an organ or tissue.


The MRI scans also help get detailed, cross-sectional images of the patient's body. MRI work without exposing the patient to radiation. Letting your doctors to get bone and soft tissue images, MRIs help them identify any metal clips or objects in the body of the patient.

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X-Rays And How They Are Carried Out

An x-ray is a form of ionizing radiation that holds the potential to pass through the soft tissues and organs. However, they may not penetrate density parts like bones. An x-ray examination is conducted using an x-ray machine which helps produce images of internal body parts like teeth or bone. Soft tissues let the radiation pass through them, but bones absorb them.

The Procedure

The patient is asked to lie on a stand so that their body part to be tested could be placed between the machine being used and the photographic plate.

A radiographer or expert carries out the procedure after getting familiar with the usage of imaging technology, which may include computed tomography or CT scans, or ultrasound.

The X-ray machine

The x-ray machine designs varied parts such as a photographic plate, x-ray tube and lead shielding. High-voltage electricity is used by the x-ray tube which helps generate x-rays. The x-ray is directed by lead shielding to the body part being tested. This results the rays from scattering in different ways. The image thus produced is captured by the photographic plate when the rays penetrate the body of the patient.

Earlier, the film used by the photographic plate was the same as that used by a conventional machine. But, the plate is now attached to a computer for producing digital images.

When a patient undergoes an x-ray examination, the body part to be imaged is exposed to the radiation for a few seconds. An image of that area is then produced by the photographic plate. The image later gets transferred to a computer and is evaluated on a screen. The whole procedure is completely safe and painless as well as less time-consuming.

The patient needs to remain still while the x-ray procedure is carried out. This helps the doctor to take out clear images. Movement in the patient may result in blurred images. Different angles may be used to take multiple x-rays for acquiring more and more information.

The x-ray images that are produced are evaluated by expert healthcare professionals or radiologists. The radiologists are provided with proper training about conducting the x-ray examinations and informing the medical images. These medical images may compose any image ranging from an x-ray to CT scan.

The findings or results of the x-ray examination may be discussed by the radiologist with the patient. Also, this report may be forwarded to the GP or physician.

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Popularity of Medical Tourism in India

India, over the years, has gone on to become a medical hub for people coming from far and near. Earlier, people from India and elsewhere used to visit the western nations like US and UK to seek better treatment. Nowadays, western shores seem to be no longer beneficial and lucrative for availing medical treatments. The recent past has witnessed a reverse trend. There has been an influx of people from the western countries to developing nations like India to avail better and cheaper medical facilities.

Highly Skilled and Practiced Professionals

This South Asian nation produces well-qualified doctors, medical technicians and nurses who go on to acquire some of the leading positions in this field every year. More so, the “innate” ability of such professionals to speak the global language (English) fluently, owing to the prolonged influence of the British rule, makes them highly understandable by the tourists. They are accredited to dealing with foreign patients. The super specialty hospitals in India possess teams of highly motivated and experienced professionals in a number of departments. You can find specialists for neurosurgery, pediatrics, general surgery, nephrology, urology, dermatology, cardiology, and more to continue. They have achieved their degrees from top medical institutions across the world with high class training. In addition, most of them are board certified.

Top-notch Care

India now stands as a rapidly developing destination for top-class medical services. There are hospitals and nursing homes in various parts of this country, especially South India, that are known to offer world-class services and are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. A rising medical destination, India holds some of the first-rated hospital chains that have contributed to the renown of India. The hospitals in India can now compete with those in western countries in terms of the quality of care and flawless infrastructure installed. Many of such care centers are endowed with superior labs and equipment that India can boast of before the entire world.


Well, that's the most important factor that has made India the most potential nation for medical services.The competitive rates in Indian hospitals have allured foreign nationalities to visit this nation. The orthopedics, bariatric surgery, dental clinics, general surgery, cardiac surgery, etc. offer their services at a price that is much less compared to western nations.

Pleasant Weather and Striking Location

India is known to be blessed with bounties of beauty. The nation exudes splendor and unique magnificence brewing up in every corner. The pristine beaches, the magnificent mountains, the soothing backwaters, the sprawling desserts, the striking scenic vistas, etc. all provide a perfect gateway to an invigorating vacation for medical tourists.

Wellness Factor

Added to the medical services, the wellness industry in India has also attracted flocks of medical tourists. The spas, Ayurvedic treatments and yoga retreats have made several medical tourists throng India.

To say the truth, there has been a huge flow of tourists in India solely for medical purposes. The above reasons are accountable for this inverse trend.

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The Benefits of Medical Clinics Vs Hospitals

What are Medical Clinics?

Medical Clinics, also known as outpatient clinics, or ambulatory care clinics, are health care facilities that specialize in non-life threatening outpatient treatment. While they can either be publicly or privately owned, they typically provide the majority of healthcare needs for their communities. Typical treatments include cuts that require stitches, burns, scrapes, fractures, insect bites, sinus infection, flu symptoms, fever, rash, toothache, earache, and others. In addition, these health care facilities are often associated with a hospital or medical school, which aids in the supply of well trained and knowledgeable staff.

Hospitals versus Medical Clinics

Hospitals can cover a wide range of illness and ailments. They also have the technological capabilities and onsite staff to specialize in the most current treatments and diagnoses. However, hospitals are significant budget facilities and are more prone to encourage overnight stays.

Outpatient clinics are more prone to promoting a quick diagnosis and treatment. With virtually the same level of expertise on staff and access to the same state-of-the-art equipment, outpatient clinics are more likely to have you rated and on your way in far less time.

Another noteworthy difference between hospitals and medical clinics is the type of care. Remember, outpatient clinics provide the majority of healthcare needs in the communities in which they are present, and, as a result, there is a community aspect to the level of treatment. Doctors and staff have the opportunity to get to know you and your family, which may be the best perk of all.

Other Factors to Consider in Your Decision

While medical clinics do offer many of the same benefits as hospitals, with less fuss, there are a few other factors to consider when making your decision to seek treatment in these health care facilities. The largest factor to consider is perhaps the hours of the operation. Often, outpatient clinics are only open during regular business hours. As a result, if you are in need of urgent care outside of those hours of operation you will need to seek care elsewhere. However, you should find yourself in need of urgent care during their hours of service, it may be worth it to seek treatment there instead of a hospital where the wait could cost unnecessary time.

The same is true for holiday closures. Again, outpatient clinics are not open for business on major holidays and therefore one should keep that in mind on those days if non-life threatening urgent care is needed.

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