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Glossary of Terms

 
Barium
    

A white, mild tasting contrast used to aid in the visualization of the gastrointestinal tract.

Contrast medium agent
 

Contrast agents or contrast media are substances used in radiology exams such as CT, MRI, Ultrasound or X-Ray. These substances help to show the difference between one type of tissue and another lying next to it. Depending on the type of exam, the agent might be water, air, an injected contrast compound or a barium solution taken by mouth.

Disease prevention
  This includes activities that prevent disease before it occurs, detect it early, or reduce related disability.
Health
  The condition of being sound in body, mind or soul. esp. Freedom from physical disease or pain.
(Webster's dictionary)
Health Promotion
 

"Health promotion is the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health. Optimal health is defined as a balance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual health. Lifestyle change can be facilitated through a combination of efforts to enhance awareness, change behavior and create environments that support good health practices". (American Journal of Health Promotion, 1989,3,3,5)

Proactive Prevention
  A proactive process that empowers individuals and systems to meet the challenges of life events and transitions by creating and reinforcing conditions that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles.
Radiologist
 

Physician who is specialty trained in interpreting MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-ray, Mammography, and Nuclear Medicine.

Referring Physician
 

Attending physician.

Technologist
 

One trained in and using the techniques of a profession, art, or science.

Wellness
  The quality or state of being in good health. (Webster's dictionary). Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence. (National Wellness Institute)
X-ray
  The ionizing electromagnetic radiation emitted from a highly X-Ray evacuated tube, resulting from the excitation of the inner orbital electrons by the bombardment of the target anode with a stream of electrons from a heated cathode.
Ionizing electromagnetic radiation produced by the excitation of the inner orbital electrons of an atom by other processes, such as nuclear delay and its adverse side effects.
 
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