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May 30

Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms reduce death rates

Source: The Irish Times   Muiris Houston Tue, May 28, 2013 Although never cut out (!) to be a surgeon, I have fond memories of being a surgical intern. For three months I worked with Prof Greg Shanik, Mr Dermot Moore and their wonderful team at St James’s Hospital. They specialised in vascular surgery – essentially correcting abnormalities […]

May 26

Varicose Veins: Questions Answered

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-colored. They often look like cords and appear twisted and bulging. They can be swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are often found on the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg. During pregnancy, varicose […]

May 21

Ultrasound Practitioners

Ultrasound Practitioners By Joyce Ward, CNMT, RT(N) With the rapid growth in the number and types of ultrasound procedures being conducted, a growing number of experts believe there is a need for someone to perform and/or interpret ultra sound examinations. Anticipating that an “ultrasound practitioner” could fill this role, the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers […]

May 21

Summer travel plans? Beware of Deep Vein Thrombosis

A thrombus is a blood clot that forms inside a vessel. The most common sites are the veins of the arms and legs. Anything that restricts exercise and good circulation increases the risk of these clots. Recent hip or knee surgery, smoking, pregnancy and prolonged bed rest are risk factors. Travelers are susceptible, due to […]