Yes, I am currently taking Imaging Diagnosis. One might ask what
that has to do with Oriental Medicine, but we are health care
practitioners and it has plenty to with practicing.
To many patients, we are thought of having similar knowledge to
their general practitioners. Taking a thorough history is critical.
We should have knowledge of what medications our patients are on,
what surgeries they have had, and what their blood workup data
shows. Many patients will also present with X-rays and having
knowledge of anatomy and popular pathologies as well as
understanding the radiologist's report is critical to your
practice. Patients may be simultaneously working with another
doctor and having the ability to effectively communicate with their
other docs is critical. It not only benefits the patient's care but
also relays a message of competency to their Western docs.
In Imaging, we were first introduced to normal radiographic
anatomy of the upper and lower extremities as well as on MRI and
CT. The normal anatomy didn't seem too difficult because it looked
similar to the cadavers we dissected. Next, we explored advantages
and disadvantages of radiography and when other imaging may be
needed. Discography, bone scan, ultrasound, CT scans, and MRIs were
also discussed in detail.
Each technique is unique and so is the reason it is used. For
example, a physician will order X-rays to see bone and articular
relationships and whether further testing is needed. CT scans
demonstrate great bone and tissue clarity using an iodinated
contrast and also the most radiation. It can be used to diagnose
cancers, cardiovascular disease, infections, and traumas. MRIs are
expensive but do not offer the radiation that the other two do.
They can be used to visualize pathologic tissue including bone
marrow, nerve roots, spinal cord, or disc herniation or
degeneration. Pathologies such as those in the bone, soft tissue,
chest, and abdominal cavity will be discussed.
Dr. William Bogar, our instructor, is a graduate of National's
chiropractic program and also completed a residency in radiology
and earned a diplomate from the American Chiropractic Board of
Radiology. He also is the Chief of Diagnostic Imaging and Residency
and has at least two residents working under him currently. Dr.
Bogar is a very easy-going professor, but he is very passionate
about being knowledgeable in imaging. He shares many stories with
us, which makes the material even more interesting to learn. I
enjoy the class because it allows me to discuss the information I
have learned with my husband who is also in Dr. Bogar's radiology
class in the DC program.