Two Sides to Every Story Essay

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Two Sides to Every Story Health Science December 30, 2013 Two Sides to Every Story From vaccines to antibiotics, and syringes to M.R.I. machines, technological advancements are not new to the healthcare industry and they are here to stay. Technological advancements are the reason healthcare has evolved the way it did in the last decade, and there is no telling where it will be if these advancements keep coming at the same rate they have been. But with every evolution, there are the growing pains, and as nothing is perfect there will be always a factor that will impede complete benefit from technology. Side-effects, radiation exposure, dependency on medications, all these are the bad side of the evolution tale, but as in life and as well as in healthcare, one has to analyze both sides of the story, make sure the pros outweigh the cons and make a decision. Two great examples will be cited on this text; the X-ray machine and the computerized tomography scan machine, also known as the CT scan machine. The information about to be shared was retrieved from the Mayo Clinic website, a reputable source of trustworthy health information. The X-ray procedure is a painless test which produces images from the inside of one’s body. It is mostly used to produce images of the bones. “X-ray beams can pass through your body, but they are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through. Dense materials, such as bone and metal, show up as white on X-rays. The air in your lungs shows up as black. Fat and muscle appear as varying shades of gray” (Mayo Clinic, 2013). This technology has been around for quite a while and is still very commonly used in various health care fields. Orthopedists, dentists and oncologists are often ordering X-rays for accurate treatment of their patients. As the bone structure of the

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