Obesity in Ireland in 2008: what radiological equipment is available to image the obese patient?
AffiliationWeight Management Service and Department of Radiology, St Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, Co Dublin. firstname.lastname@example.org
MeSHBody Mass Index
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
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CitationObesity in Ireland in 2008: what radiological equipment is available to image the obese patient? 2009, 102 (4):116-7 Ir Med J
PublisherIrish medical journal
JournalIrish medical journal
AbstractObesity is a global epidemic, responsible for 2000 premature deaths in Ireland each year. The extent of this epidemic was quantified by the National Taskforce on Obesity (IOTF), whose report, published in 2005, found that 39% of adults in Ireland were overweight and 18% obese with obesity in adults predicted to increase by 1% per year. In light of the clear evidence that we, as a nation, are quite literally expanding, how well equipped are Irish hospitals and, in particular, radiology departments, to deal with patients of increasing size and weight? The purpose of this study was to quantify the weight limits and girth restrictions of the radiology equipment, in particular CT, MRI and fluoroscopy, in hospitals, both public and private, in Ireland in an attempt to answer this question.
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