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What is a CT scan?

What is a CT scan? Jacob Gerlitz, NP Computed tomography, or CT scan for short (sometimes spelled as “CAT scan”), is a radiographic procedure that creates three dimensional images using  X-rays. [A CT scanner takes its images by rotating an x-ray beam around the body and produces crisp, high resolution, 360 degree images that can be seen as static images or “played” like a video. CT images have ten times the resolution than conventional x-rays….] The CT scanner looks like a large donut within which a x-ray spins around taking full dimension pictures which are called “slices.” The CT scan’s
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Eye Infections and Injuries

Eye Infections and Injuries Jacob Gerlitz, NP There are many different complaints surrounding eye pain that are treated in our clinic. The most common is people complaining of “red eyes,” which is a classic sign of ocular inflammation. The causes range from simple conjunctivitis (pink eye) to corneal abrasion, corneal ulcer, and glaucoma. The treatment and prognosis of a red eye depends on its cause. Most cases are benign and can be treated in an urgent care center. Some conditions require antibiotics, removal of foreign bodies, and some emergency stabilization with prompt ophthalmological consultation. Conjunctivitis Conjunctivitis is very contagious. It
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Patient-Centered Medical Home and Certification

Patient-Centered Medical Home and Certification by Herold Simon, MD Doctors-On-Call is preparing to become a certified Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). PCMH is a model that has been created for primary care delivery in the office visit. With a certification to be granted by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Doctors-On-Call will bring to the patient’s home the concepts of PCMH which revolve around the patient’s clinical and non-clinical needs. The medical home is team-based with a variety of disciplines and includes the patient and family as active members of the team. The first emphasis of PCMH is on access to
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Pneumonia

Pneumonia by Jacob Gerlitz, NP What is Pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection of the deepest part of the lungs where the cells exchange oxygen and waste material from the blood. The pathogen causing pneumonia – can be either a virus, bacteria or fungus. The pathogen – invades the lungs, causing inflammation that leads to cell death. As the body fights off the infection it can also lead to destruction of the lung tissue. The pathogens that cause pneumonia also affect other organs. This – and the activation of the immune system – is what causes the general-body symptoms such as
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Burns

Burns by Jacob Gerlitz, NP In the past few decades there has been a marked improvement in the management of burns. But, burns are still a complex condition that requires medical care coordination between EMS, hospitals, specialists and primary care providers. Skin Anatomy and Function The skin is considered an organ, and it’s actually the largest organ of the body. The skin contains three main tissue layers: the epidermis, the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. The outermost layer, the epidermis acts as a barrier to prevent the entry of microorganisms and other toxic substances to enter the body. It also functions
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