posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 08:45 PM
Some have radioactive material, others are just massive in size and can't be just picked up at the local Costco or BJ's. CT scanners dominate most
of a room and require much space. The technology is also rather exact and these machines require constant upkeep and quality checking. Cheap machines
= cheap results. Also, one needs to not only be able to operate the machine safely, but interpret the results. With the kinds of things many
diagnostic machines diagnose, it's best left to those that know a bit about medicine and the body. Some machines used also require a lot of energy,
and also put out a lot of energy that isn't meant to be something we're frequently exposed to.
At work, we have an old beat up machine that analyzes blood and gives you cell counts, platelet counts, hemoglobin, and all sorts of fancy stuff. I
can run my blood, and see when I'm getting sick by the rise in my white cells or see when I'm getting better or need to eat more iron rich foods.
That sucker is no bigger than a 19 inch TV, and costs about $32K. It's expensive because of what it does, and even the supplies needed to run blood
and the detergents are expensive. Not something meant for the individual consumer, but for many consumers to use through a medical facility.
It's amazing how much people *think* they know about their health and how their bodies work, and how things actually happen. A friend of mine once
went to the dentist, and her teeth bled. She was appauled at how bad that was, and swore never to go back to the dentist again. He hurt her teeth!!
Absolutely could not understand that her teeth bled because she wasn't brushing them and her gums were just short of infected.