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Abdominal Ultrasound

Abdominal ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to acquire images of the abdominal organs. Unlike x-ray , ultrasound is non-ionizing radiation, so it has no known negative effects on the patient. It is often used in conjunction with other imaging modalities. Ultrasound, x-ray, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) image the body using different technologies, so each may be helpful in determining different properties of a mass for a more complete diagnosis. Preparation Bowel gas hinders the visualization of the abdominal organs. When a loop of gas-filled bowel lies between the transducer and the organ being examined, an artifact called shadowing is seen on the image and obstructs the view of the organ. Patients who are scheduled for an abdominal ultrasound are asked to fast during the eight hours prior to the examination. This allows bowel gas to subside for optimal imaging. Most likely, the patient will not need to undress for this examination . The patient's shirt will be

Acetaminophen for Low Back Pain

Acetaminophen , or Tylenol , may be a good alternative treatment for back pain. The main ingredient in Tylenol is acetaminophen. Classified as an painkiller, Tylenol is an nonprescription drug used to alleviate pain and decrease fever. Getting Acetaminophen Acetaminophen is purchased in the form of certain pain medications, like Excedrin, Vanquish and Aspirin-Free Anacin. Tylenol is procurable in generic form, and in combination with other medications. Acetaminophen is consumed for short-term pain relief for moderate to mild pain, and to temporarily relieve high fever. One may take acetaminophen for neck and back pain if one has muscle pain and/or chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Acetaminophen impacts the brain. It acts by reducing the level of the central nervous system chemical that activates pain signals. It also wields a cooling effect by suppressing the prostaglandins (lipids derived from fatty acids) that play a role in the brain’s temperature control center. Acetaminophen a

Aciphex (Rabeprazole)

Aciphex (rabeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor used to treat GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and duodenal ulcers. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) occurs when stomach acid leaks out of the stomach and into the esophagus, resulting in heartburn and damage to the inner lining of the esophagus (erosive esophagitis). Aciphex (rabeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor often used to prevent GERD symptoms. How Aciphex Works The active compound in Aciphex is rabeprazole sodium, which limits the stomach lining’s ability to produce gastric acid (hydrochloric acid). Reducing stomach acid alleviates GERD symptoms and gives the esophagus time to heal. When taken with antibiotics, Aciphex is used to treat duodenal ulcers. Aciphex Doses Aciphex is generally taken for four to eight weeks to relieve GERD symptoms and heal damage caused by erosive esophagitis. If this time frame is insufficient a further four to eight weeks is warranted. Aciphex is also taken over long perio

Using Oxygen Safely While Traveling

Get copies of oxygen prescriptions from the health care provider who diagnosed the need to use oxygen, and make sure there is not any other needed paperwork. Depending on the means of travel, make prior arrangements for oxygen at the end of the destination. With some forms of transportation oxygen may travel with you. Before traveling, call a local company to find out the requirements for traveling with oxygen. Leave plenty of time to make those needed arrangements. Traveling By Auto with Oxygen Just as if there is a pet in the car, it is necessary to keep windows cracked open for the air to circulate. When using liquid oxygen, place the canister upright on the floor or on the seat. Secure it with a seat belt or tie it securely to the back of the seat. Store any extra oxygen canisters behind the seat: do not put them in the trunk as temperatures there can rise too high. Do not smoke or let anyone else smoke in a car with oxygen. Traveling By Bus or Train with Oxygen Call the bus