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Thursday, 27 July 2006 08:04
BNN: British Nursing News Online · www.bnn-online.co.uk
Americans are getting too big for X-rays
In next month’s issues of Radiology magazine a report claims Americans are growing so large that patients are increasingly too big to fit into X-ray scanners. Their fat is also too dense for X-rays or sound waves to penetrate.

Hospital equipment manufacturers have to build new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners with extra-large boreholes to accommodate obese patients.

Dr Raul Uppot, one of the reports authors said: "In an obese person, because the ultrasound beam does not get to the organs or get to them adequately enough, we cannot get a picture”.


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