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HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN X-RAYS AND SCANS…

How to tell the difference between x-rays and scans it difficult to know what each one does.

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create images of the inside of the body. These are more detailed than those obtained with other forms of imaging, and can be very useful for diagnosing problems with

  • brain and spinal cord
  • bones and joints
  • breasts
  • heart and blood vessels
  • internal organs, such as the liver, womb or prostate gland 

The results of an MRI scan can be used to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been.

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X-Rays use radiation to create an image on a screen. The radiation passes through thin tissues and fluid, so they show up as a dark area, while bones and other dense tissues block the rays, so these show up as light areas. X-rays can be used to diagnose –

An Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves, which can pass through fluid and less dense tissue, and the echo of these is used to create an image. Ultrasound can be used to diagnose problems affecting soft tissues, such as the pelvic organs, the heart, tendons and muscles, and of course keeping an eye on baby.

A CT (computed tomography) uses a combination of series of x-rays taken at different angles and a computer to create a series of 3D images. These are much more detailed than a standard X-ray, and can be used for –

  • diagnose conditions – including damage to bones, injuries to internal organs, problems with blood flow, stroke, and cancer
  • guide further tests or treatments – for example, CT scans can help determine the location, size and shape of a tumour before having radiotherapy, or allow a doctor to take a needle biopsy (where a small tissue sample is removed using a needle) or drain an abscess
  • monitor conditions – including checking the size of tumours during and after cancer treatment

Source: NHS, Woman & Home

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MAGNETIC BACK SUPPORT BELTS FOR TRAVELLING…

Magnetic back support belts are great for back pain but can also help avoid back pain by wearing them when you travel.

I have recently come back from a holiday which involved two long hall flights and I used a magnetic belt as well as a heat patch for both journeys. I am firm believer that if you go armed with a few different types of pain relief you can manage a journey pain free.

I would never travel without my coccyx cushion and have worn heat pads for a long time now but previously I wore a support back girdle which was made for me after one of my spinal surgeries, but it was far from comfortable to wear.

The Bad Back Company have a vast array of products for pain and their Back Support Belt has 20 High Grade ceramic magnets that generate a constant magnetic field over your low back. It costs £39.99 and you will never need to re charge the magnets. Their belt has a high quality adjustable support in a double layer for varied degrees of support and compression for your back. There are also a number of other Back Support Belts without the magnets also available from The Bad Back Company.

Heat has always helped me and it has 3 flexible boned supports to support your lumber spine and keep your muscles and joints warm to reduce muscular spasm or discomfort.

Please check their caution note for people who have pacemakers, defibrillators, insulin pumps or similar devices that are powered by a battery whether as an implant or an external unit. It is also not recommended for use during pregnancy. You can also watch a video about the back support on The Bad Back Company page.

The heat pads I use the Thermacare Advanced Back Pain relief pads which last up to 16 hours and are available from Amazon at £5.50 for 2.