Alexandre Norio Massaki, Author at Clinical Pain Advisor

Alexandre Norio Massaki

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Osteoporosis

Preliminary Diagnosis: Osteoporosis I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray absorptiometry) II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosis of osteoporosis. Advantages Most accurate and valuable method available for the diagnosis of osteoporosis and other such conditions. It is one of the best methods to estimate…

Diabetic Ulcers

Preliminary Diagnosis: Diabetic Ulcers I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? After initial radiograph, magnetic resonance imaging is the imaging technique of choice. II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing diabetic ulcers. Advantages MRI can rule out complications of diabetic ulcers, such as osteomyelitis, fluid collections, abscesses, and sinus…

Decubitus Ulcers

Preliminary Diagnosis: Decubitus Ulcers I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? MRI II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing decubitus ulcers. Advantages Can rule out complications of decubitus ulcers, such as osteomyelitis, fluid collections, abscesses, and sinus tract Does not require use of ionizing radiation and may be performed…

Rhabdomyolysis

Preliminary Diagnosis: Rhabdomyolysis I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The need for gadolinium-based contrast agent is weighed against the benefit, especially in patients with associated renal failure. II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing rhabdomyolysis. Advantages The sensitivity of MRI in detecting abnormal musculature…

Osteomalacia

Preliminary Diagnosis: Osteomalacia I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis? Plain radiographs II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosis of Osteomalacia. Advantages Relatively quick imaging procedure that requires minimal patient cooperation Inexpensive Readily available Plain radiograph, despite often being a non-diagnostic exam, is useful when associated with clinical findings…

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