Social Medicine: Treatment, Effects & Risks

Social medicine is a specialty of medicine that does not directly provide patient care. It deals with the social and natural environmental conditions as causes of diseases. In addition, social medicine is concerned with the effects of disease on society. In doing so, it uses the methods of various other sciences and also assesses the … Read more

Scanning Laser Polarimetry: Treatment, Effect & Risks

The best-known form of scanning laser polarimetry is GDx scanning laser polarimetry, which is used in ophthalmology to diagnose and monitor cataracts and allows this disease to be diagnosed up to five years earlier than any previous measurement method. Polarimetry makes use of the polarization property of light by means of a laser scanner and … Read more

Wound Drainage: Treatment, Effect & Risks

Wound drains are mostly used in postoperative wound care. They are also helpful as an additional aid in the care of chronic wounds. A wound drain allows blood and wound secretions to drain away and pulls the wound edges together. This can significantly support the healing process. What is wound drainage? Wound drainage allows blood … Read more

Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography: Treatment, Effects & Risks

Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is part of the examination spectrum of nuclear medicine. Its purpose is to assess metabolism and thus function in various organ systems. This is made possible by means of a radiopharmaceutical administered to the patient, the distribution of which in the body is made visible in the form of cross-sectional … Read more

Micturition Urosonography: Treatment, Effects & Risks

Micturition ultrasonography is a special ultrasound diagnosis of the urinary tract and kidney using contrast media. Its main goal is to detect any backflow of urine from the bladder into the kidneys. Most often, this examination is performed in children who have had a urinary tract infection in which renal involvement was suspected because of … Read more

Microvascular Decompression: Treatment, Effects & Risks

Microvascular decompression is the short name for one of two common neurosurgical procedures used to treat trigeminal neuralgia. The procedure is used when trigeminal neuralgia at the exit site of the nerve in the posterior fossa is caused by pathologic contact with the supplying artery. The procedure involves elimination of compression by insertion of tiny … Read more

Hydrotherapy: Treatment, Effects & Risks

The term hydrotherapy covers all healing treatments related to water. The healing effect is based either on the specific mineral composition of the water or on the temperature differences during an application. As the elixir of life, water is an extremely versatile healing agent. What is hydrotherapy? The term hydrotherapy includes all healing treatments related … Read more

First Aid: Treatment, Effect & Risks

First aid refers to the initial measures taken in medical emergencies that are not necessarily life-threatening. What is first aid? Various types of dressings used for first aid. Click to enlarge. Download here to print. Life-sustaining first aid in the event of an accident or illness consists of the application of previously learned techniques that … Read more

Bone Marrow Aspiration: Treatment, Effects & Risks

Bone marrow aspiration is performed to obtain biopsy marrow to diagnose hematologic diseases such as leukemia, malignant lymphoma, or plamacytoma. Before transfusion of blood products (bone marrow donation), the donor’s bone marrow is tested for compatibility. What is bone marrow aspiration? A bone marrow aspiration is performed to obtain biopsy marrow to diagnose hematologic diseases … Read more

Bone Marrow Donation: Treatment, Effects & Risks

Currently, the German Bone Marrow Donor Institute (DKMS) is eagerly recruiting new bone marrow donors. No wonder, a bone marrow donation represents the only chance of a cure for many people affected by leukemia and other blood diseases. With its more than 6 million registered donors, many lives have already been saved or prolonged. What … Read more

Bone Marrow Transplantation: Treatment, Effects & Risks

Bone marrow transplantation involves the transfer of bone marrow, and therefore stem cells, to restore regular hematopoiesis. Bone marrow transplantation is generally indicated when the hematopoietic cell system has been severely compromised as a result of tumor disease or previous therapy (especially high-dose chemotherapy). What is bone marrow transplantation? Bone marrow transplantation involves the transfer … Read more

Laser Doppler Fluxmetry: Treatment, Effects & Risks

Laser Doppler fluxmetry is a diagnostic procedure that provides information about skin microcirculation and is based on the Doppler effect. A helium laser emits light that is reflected by moving erythrocytes in the blood. The amount of reflected light allows conclusions to be made about flow velocity. What is laser Doppler fluxmetry? Laser Doppler fluxmetry … Read more